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Undergraduate Research

Research provides an excellent opportunity to use textbook knowledge for scientific inquiry, develop critical thinking skills, experience the real wonders of scientific discovery...and to prepare for your future. There is no better way to prepare for work or graduate studies in the sciences than to participate in real-world chemical research.

Finding an undergraduate research project involves either joining an established research group currently functioning in the department, or finding a suitable faculty adviser for an independent project of your own design. Students who are interested in pursuing research have several options available to them, including:

  • CHEM 498/CHEM 499 - Undergraduate Research, which is required for majors in the Professional Chemistry (1) or Biochemistry (2) emphases. For faculty research profiles, see the Faculty Research Interests at right.
  • Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) - A program that provides an opportunity for NIU undergraduates to work one-on-wone with faculty members on their cutting-edge research projects.
  • Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research Program (USOAR) - A program that uses university funds to fund student-generated research projects, whether the study is conducted on campus, somewhere else in the United States or overseas.
  • NIU Research Rookies - A program that links undergraduate first-year, sophomore, and transfer students with faculty mentors in their major or area of interest to conduct a small-scale research project.