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 research, Scholarship and creativity Forum

April 20, 2022


beulah williams library



Oral presentations 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 

Keynote speaker Craig Whippo, associate professor of biology at Dickinson State University, 12:20-1 p.m.

Poster session 1-2 p.m.



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.


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 Travel Grant

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.