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❶During the 8-week grant period, students cannot also have an internship, take classes, or work even part time. The internship is compatible with the Federal Work-Study program, but students do not need to be Work-Study eligible to participate.

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The NU Physical Sciences-Oncology Center is funded by the National Cancer Institute and uses physical sciences-based approaches to understand the molecular changes leading to cancer. The 8-week program includes hands-on laboratory research, weekly seminars in tumor biology, and two two-day workshops. Research topics include polymers and polymer nanocomposites, multifunctional metal oxides, nanowires and molecular electronics, biologically relevant materials, art conservation, device fabrication, and computational modeling.

This is an REU program. The mission of SROP has been to increase diversity among students pursuing graduate education and to provide a valuable academic research experience for many students who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. Each student selected to participate in the program will work with a faculty member in the student's area of interest. An Early Admission Decision Program exists, and course credit is available.

CURE gives underserved college students the opportunity to work alongside top cancer researchers at the Lurie Comprehensive Research Center in downtown Chicago. The details and application requirements for summer research programs change frequently. Please contact the McCormick Office of Undergraduate Engineering to learn about current opportunities for summer research outside of Northwestern.

DAAD provides various kinds of scholarships to intern and do research in Germany. This program is for new, original research only.

Grants cannot be applied retroactively to cover expenses for research already completed. You receive a single lump-sum living stipend so do not submit an itemized budget with your application and do not need to turn in receipts at the end of the summer.

Weeks do not necessarily have to be consecutive. Conduct your research project wherever you like: When you apply, you can request extra money half your airfare for international projects.

Read up on international projects for important travel restriction information. Faculty members can help you explore your research interests and develop a good project. See Working with Faculty. Unendorsed projects will not be considered. Make sure you have given your faculty sponsor enough warning of the deadline, that you have discussed your project with them ahead of time, and that they have a copy of your final proposal draft. Do not leave it to the day before to ask someone to give you an endorsement!

Online Guide to Proposal Writing. Your research grant proposal will be evaluated by a faculty review committee. The committee looks for quality projects, and they can award as many grants as they want. We call this a merit-based, non-competitive process. Group projects are allowed. Explain why this project needs to be done with multiple people.

Group members collaborate to create a single grant proposal that clearly articulates the different roles, responsibilities, and qualifications of each member. We recommend that all groups work with an Office of Undergraduate Research advisor. Identify your research interests and explore by talking with lots of faculty members see Contacting Faculty. You may find that you need to revise your proposed project in order to find a professor who will work with you.

If you find that a number of faculty members might be appropriate advisors for your project, carefully consider the specific contours and timeline of your project:.

For more information, see Working with Faculty. Yes, your faculty advisor can be from another university. Please contact the URG Coordinator to get access to the application system for this person. No, a post-doc or graduate student may not serve as your advisor; however, you may find it useful to seek advice and assistance from post-docs or graduate students.

Application for an off-cycle summer grant is not to be used for an early-decision for projects that will occur over summer break. Change is a naturally occurring part of the research process; objectives and the means of obtaining them can shift.

We would love to host your blog on our site while you are doing your research! Check out the current Undergraduate Research Blogs and contact our office if you would like to set up your own. The idea is to paint a clear picture of your grant findings and your experience doing the research.

The report is two pages no need to get into too much citation or referencing. It is a zero credit course, with the Office of Undergraduate Research coordinator listed as the instructor. At the end of the summer, you will submit a two-page final report. If you fail to submit the final report or your faculty member refuses to endorse it, you will receive a "U" and may be required to return the grant funds.

Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition. Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium. Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal. Skip to main content. We hope to make decision announcements in mid-to-late April.

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Two opportunities undergraduate students have to pursue research within the College are the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program and Undergraduate Research Grants Program. Whether assisting faculty with research or working independently on research projects of their own design, Weinberg students conduct research in a variety of different environments including chemistry labs, .

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Watch video · Summer Undergraduate Research Grants Summer URGs provide a $3, stipend to cover living and research expenses for eight weeks of full-time independent academic and creative work, in all fields of study, under faculty supervision. Research There's always a new adventure, a new idea, a new discovery. With well over one hundred research institutes and centers associated with the university, its colleges and schools, and its medical facilities, you’re never far away from the next new discovery.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities. As a McCormick undergraduate, you can take part in the kind of unique and forward-looking research that defines Northwestern University and advances our understanding of today’s complex engineering challenges. The Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program over a 9-week period each summer. The NU-Materials Research Science and Engineering Center is an interdisciplinary program focused on multi-functional nanoscale material structures.