Research Rookies

Research Rookies provides undergraduate students, regardless of major, an opportunity to explore their research interests while gaining knowledge and practical research skills needed to effectively conduct professional research. As a Research Rookie, you will become part of a learning community where you engage in research exploration activities that will enhance your experience as you work on a faculty-mentored research project. Research Rookies culminates with sharing your project at NIU’s annual Conference on Undergraduate Research (CURE).  Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a $500 stipend. 


  • Build connections with fellow students and faculty eager to mentor you
  • Develop critical thinking, communication and practical research skills
  • Builds your resume and increases competitiveness in applying for external research opportunities

Program Eligibility

  • First time college researcher
  • Commit to a full academic year in the program (fall and spring semester)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Maintain a passing grade in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester of the program


Complete a brief online application telling us about topics you are interested in exploring, how participation in undergraduate research will help you achieve your academic and career goals, and how the skills and experiences you have will be beneficial in participating in research.

The priority application deadline is June 30, 2023, for the 2023-2024 cohort.

Incoming Students
(Freshman and Transfer)
   Current Students

Contact Us

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