Undergraduate Research Opportunities
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UR-STEM (Undergraduate Research in STEM) is a paid research opportunity for students early in their college careers. Student applicants cannot have participated in a previous paid or for-credit research experience. There are no GPA requirements and students do not have to be a current STEM major. The UR-STEM experience takes place in the summer.

CINSAM will fund students to work over the summer of 2018 on a part-time basis (20 hours/week, 8 weeks, pay $1400) or in the form of a mini-project ($350 at 10 hours/week for 4 weeks – total of 40 hrs). The funds are administered in the form of a stipend, allowing flexibility in scheduling, however the work must be completed in time to participate in the Heather Bullen Summer Celebration of Student Research held towards the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester. In addition, students will be required to attend at least two seminars held during the summer months.


The application for the 2018 CINSAM UR-STEM Program is now closed. Students will be contacted in early April if they are chosen for the program. Please direct all questions to Ellen Hokkanen at hokkanene1@nku.edu


Click here for all of the UR-STEM Project Descriptions

Other research opportunities at NKU

There are other ways to get involved in research. The first way that most students get involved, is that they talk with their professors and fellow students. Learn about current research projects by visiting a department’s website and looking at the interest of the faculty members. If there is a topic that looks interesting to you, send an email to that professor asking if you could learn more about their research.

Research Opportunities at other institutions

There are also a number of opportunities for research at other locations in the summer.  There is usually an application process that takes place in the late-fall/early-winter each year. Contact your faculty advisor for more details.

Portions of this material are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-STEP-096928