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Research Opportunities

Start your undergraduate research now.

Undergraduate research is open to every undergraduate in any discipline.

But you can do so much more than conduct research. That's just the starting point for experiences that can connect you to students and faculty around the University, country and world. 


What direction will your research take you?

As an undergraduate at Northwestern, not only do you have the option to engage in scholarly research, regardless of your school, but your options for undergraduate research are almost endless. Here’s where it’s taken six of our undergraduates.

Spencer Park

I’m working on a research project to develop the chemical vapor deposition of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides for applications in nanoscale photonics and solid-state devices.”

Spencer Park
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Dual-Degree Program: Trumpet Performance & Materials Science and Engineering; Business Institutions Program minor

I recently had an Undergraduate Research Grant to research indigenous language maintenance within the Lepcha community of India. My research advisor is helping me put my research into the bigger picture of language revitalization work.”

Steffi Brock-Wilson
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Economics major; Certificate in Civic Engagement

Steffi Brock-Wilson

90school-based research centers

Simran Chada

I’m working in a lab with Dr. Beverly Wright. I am being considered a peer among faculty members. It's an amazing opportunity to get started on research very early in my undergraduate experience.”

Simran Chadha
School of Communication
Communication Sciences and Disorders major; Global Health and/or Political Science minor

I worked with a professor to research and edit a textbook on social media. Also, I spent several quarters working with the professor who founded “The Youth Project,” a Medill-run publication centered on issues of social justice.”

Carter Sherman
Medill School of Journalism
Journalism and International Studies double major

Carter Sherman

>20University research centers

Kevin Hardiman

I am assisting Professors Gail Berger and Mindy Douthit with designing their next research project on a topic relating to human-computer interaction and virtual collaboration. They have been so receptive to my ideas and treat me as an equal.”

Kevin Hardiman
School of Education and Social Policy
Learning & Organizational Change major; Political Science minor

With my research grant I traveled to the UK to study the field of inclusive theatre (with, by, and for individuals with different abilities). I'm now applying some of what I learned there to the work I do on campus with Seesaw Theatre.”

Emily Baldwin
School of Communication
Theatre major; Certificate in Theatre for Young Audiences

Emily Baldwin

>$702 millionin annual sponsored research (2017-18)

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