Undergraduate Research Ambassador

An Undergraduate Research Ambassador (URA) is a student who has participated in a faculty-mentored research project for at least one academic year and is passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences with others. URAs mentor fellow undergraduates who are new to research, help to promote undergraduate research at NIU and assist the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) with developing and implementing student-focused workshops that represent NIU's diverse array of disciplines.

Possibilities as a URA include:

  • Mentoring a small group of students in the Research Rookies program.
  • One-on-one peer advising to help students get involved in research, find research opportunities and understand the benefits of becoming involved.
  • Developing new workshops and informational sessions that would assist students interested in undergraduate research.
  • Participating in panel discussions and other outreach events.
  • Visiting classes to describe research opportunities.


You'll have an opportunity to gain and hone in on networking, public speaking, and leadership skills. Ambassadors receive an academic award of $500 (split $250/fall and $250/spring semesters) and are often eligible for additional grant opportunities and other professional development experiences because of their involvement in the program. Additionally, you will have increased competitiveness on graduate and professional school applications.

The term for each ambassador is one academic year (fall to spring).

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For questions, please contact us at ugresearch@niu.edu or 815-753-8159.

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Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Holmes Student Center 264-266
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