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Undergraduate Research

Dr. Alyssa Kiesow, Interim Coordinator


MeWaldt-Jensen 212

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-7707 
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Undergraduate Research at Northern

Undergraduate research is breaking new paths in knowledge and insight at Northern. Student researchers are active in the schools of Fine Arts, Business, and Education, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.


Some students are working on Honors projects to fulfill the requirements of an honoribus degree; others conduct independent study or research activities to enrich learning. 



If you know of undergraduate internship or research opportunities in your field, please contact Dr. Alyssa Kiesow.
Learn more about grants and funding opportunities through the NSU Grants Office


Annual Undergraduate Research Competition

NSU holds an online competition to select the best undergraduate research or scholarly activity. The winner presents their research or scholarly activity at the Pierre Poster Session in Pierre, S.D.  


The winner has an opportunity to represent NSU before members of the South Dakota Legislature in Pierre and meet South Dakota's governor, state senators and representatives. 



NSU Undergraduate Research Forum

This forum is a venue in which Northern undergraduates can present their research or scholarly activities. The next forum will be in April 2016 in the Round Room of Williams Library on the NSU campus. Forum Details



NSU Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant
Three undergraduate research grants are available through NSU's annual Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant program. 
Eligible undergraduate students are welcome to apply for a grant of up to $2,500 in support of an independent research project. This is a competitive program; no more than three grants will be awarded. Qualified applicants will be required to provide a brief oral presentation to the NSU Proposal Review Committee.
Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are closed.   

Undergraduate Internships and Research Opportunities

Internships and research opportunities are an important tool for NSU undergraduates. Learn more at the links below. 


Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)


Darling Marine Center Internships and Summer Experiences


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at North Dakota State University


Noble Foundation


Cornell University


Stanford School of Medicine


Janelia Farm


University of California San Diego


University of Texas Austin  


Iowa State University (Vet) 


Amgen Scholars


Dauphin Island Sea Lab Research Experiences for Undergraduates




Oceans Campus