Research Rookies

Research Rookies (RR) provides undergraduate students with a chance to explore their research interests while gaining the skills and knowledge needed to effectively conduct professional research. You spend the fall semester participating in research exploration activities, then transition to undergraduate research assistants in the spring semester, assisting a faculty member on a research project. You'll receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the program.

Program Requirements

  • Participate in two cohort meetings per month and all assigned asynchronous activities.
  • With guidance, create a research proposal (due spring semester).
  • Create and present an academic poster on your research findings at the Conference on Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE).
  • Commit to participating in the program for both the fall and spring semesters.
    • Must not be graduating in December. 
  • Commit to 5-10 hours/week of participation in a faculty-mentored research project.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Earn a passing grade in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester of the program.

Schedule and Training Topics

Students will meet in person twice a month for undergraduate research and professional development workshops. Research Rookies will participate in additional asynchronous activities such as LinkedIn Learning training related to research methods, virtual lab tours and reflection activities.  

Application Information

Applications for the 2022-2023 year are currently being accepted and have a priority deadline of June 1 2022, and a final deadline of Aug. 15, 2022. Learn more about how to apply.

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Holmes Student Center 264-266
815-753-8154
engage@niu.edu
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