Summer Research Opportunities Program


The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) gives NIU undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct paid, faculty-mentored, research during the summer months. Students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

In SROP, you will:

  • Learn what research looks like in your field of study
  • Learn how to write a formal research proposal
  • Gain experience working alongside talented faculty at NIU
  • Attend professional and academic enrichment activities
  • Receive housing, meals and a stipend. The on-campus residency portion of SROP is a requirement. SROP participants must live together in the residence hall for the duration of the program. (No exceptions will be made.)

Program Expectations

  • Commit to full-time research (40+ hours/week)
  • Present at the Summer Research Symposium
  • Participate in supplemental activities (weekly workshops/meetings) to enhance your program experience
  • Communicate frequently with our staff and your faculty mentor

If you are interested in participating in research off-campus over the summer, check out these other opportunities.