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 28, 2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Henry Tomiser
One of the most important benefits of the Research Rookies program is the way it connects students with faculty mentors. Because my mentor, Dr. Allison Gladfelter, shared her expertise and enthusiasm for her field with me, I found a new path in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
Henry Tomiser. Speech-language pathology major
Allison Gladfelter with Henry Tomiser
I am so proud that NIU offers undergraduate students one-on-one research mentoring through its Research Rookie program. I have thoroughly enjoyed working directly with all of my Research Rookies. The students’ enthusiasm for research has reinvigorated my own love for it.

Contact Us

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