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. Andrew Russell.


NSU Undergraduate Scholarship and Activity Forum

April 21, 2021

Oral presentations late morning and early afternoon, with afternoon symposium

Keynote speaker at noon

Poster presentations and reception to follow


This forum is a venue in which Northern undergraduates can present their research or scholarly activities. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Russell.


Details on undergraduate research and internship opportunities for current students are available on myNSU. Current students can also apply HERE.


2020 Forum

Because of Covid-19 precautions, the 2020 forum was canceled.


2019 Forum awardees


Poster Presentation

First place: Madison Rutter and Shayla Steinly

"The Effects of CRISPR Cas-9 System on Progeny of Hereditary Parkinson’s Disease in C. elegans"

Mentor: Dr. Jon Mitchell


Second place: Vanisa Petriti

"Synthesis and biological evaluation of sulfonamide thiazole derivatives as antibacterial agents"

Mentors: Dr. George Nora and Dr. Jon Mitchell


Oral Presentation

First place: Matthew Mayfield

"Prevention of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Biofilms on Contact Lenses"

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Russell


Second Place: Darcy Usher

"From Country Boy to Soldier: Discovering How to Tell the Story of William H. Daly"

Mentor: Dr. Ric Dias


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. The research project 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.

Northern Edge Award

The Northern Edge Award is a new funding opportunity designed to augment existing funding sources for undergraduate scholarship.

Undergraduate Research Forum



Undergraduate Travel Grant

Eligible undergraduate students are welcome to apply for a travel grant of up to $250 in-state or $500 out-of-state for traveling to conferences and meetings to present research.