Undergraduate Research

At Northern, there are no limits.
Undergraduate research is a critical component of Northern’s DNA. Every day, student researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences and schools of Business, Education and Fine Arts are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and insight.

Research opportunities abound at Northern, as well as important programs that reward and encourage research and scholarly activities. Students are involved in a wide variety of scholarly activities, and often do so with the assistance of strong faculty mentorship. 


To support and encourage students' scholarly activities, the Undergraduate Research Program provides an undergraduate research forum, travel grants, and research grants each year. If you have questions about undergraduate research at Northern, please contact Dr. Alyssa Kiesow.



NSU Undergraduate Scholarship and Activity Forum

This forum is a venue in which Northern undergraduates can present their research or scholarly activities. The next forum will be April 13, 2017, in the Williams Library Round Room on the NSU campus and will include a faculty symposium, student presentations, and keynote speaker. For more information, contact Dr. Alyssa Kiesow.


Details on undergraduate research and internship opportunities for current students are available on myNSU.


2016 NSU Undergraduate Scholarship and Activity Forum Winners


Oral Presentations

Cierra Martin and April Moeller

First place: April Moeller and Cierra Martin (Photo: Martin at left, Moeller)

€œ"Effects of Organic Molecules on Regeneration of Starfish"

Poster Presentations
Annika van Oosbree
First place: Annika van Oosbree
"Effects of Probiotics on Xenopus laevis"
Katherine Wollman
Second place: Katherine Wollman
"Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) of San Salvador, Bahamas: A Search for New Species"

Undergraduate Travel Grants

Since undergraduate research is vital to Northern, NSU's Undergraduate Travel Grant Program supports students who travel to conferences to present their research. Travel grants are available throughout the academic year. Current NSU students will find more information on myNSU.



Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant
The NSU Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant program is for eligible undergraduate students, who are welcome to apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to support their independent research project. Two competitions are planned in 2017, with one grant awarded for each.  The research projects can be part of a student'€™s honors thesis or related in some other way to his or her course of study. The money can be used for expenses such as travel, materials/supplies or publication.