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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. 

Current NSU students will find research resources and support on myNSU.


Annual Undergraduate Research Competition

NSU holds an online competition to select the best undergraduate research or scholarly activity. 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.


2015 forum winners 


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 are awarded. Qualified applicants are required to provide a brief oral presentation to the NSU Proposal Review Committee.

Undergraduate Internships and Research Opportunities

Northern shares and promotes internships and research opportunities, an important tool for NSU undergraduates. Details are available for current students on myNSU.