Participating in research is an exciting way to build your professional skills and network while exploring your interests and goals. The possibilities are endless: You could analyze data, perform experiments in a lab, create a work of art or help produce a film. You could work on campus, in the community or in another country. We even have a program just for those new to research.
You can get paid or receive academic credit for your research. You’ll also benefit from opportunities to:
To get involved with research at NIU, follow these steps:
Identify topics, ideas or activities that interest you. Ask yourself what you liked about past research experiences and what skills/knowledge you want to gain. Consider how you’ll make time in your schedule for your project.
Visit NIU college and department websites to read faculty profiles and learn about their research interests and projects. Make a list of projects that appeal to you.
Select a few faculty members to contact. You can write them a brief email or visit them during their office hours. Tell them your year, major and why you’re interested in their research.
To participate in a summer or fall program, contact faculty in the spring semester or earlier. For a spring program, contact them early in the fall semester.
If you don’t hear back from a faculty member right away, don’t worry. Faculty are busy and have many messages to answer.
If you haven’t heard back from them in a week or so, send them an email to follow up and show your interest in their project. Be brief and polite.