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. Alyssa Kiesow.


NSU Undergraduate Scholarship and Activity Forum

march 19, 2019


Oral Presentation: Late morning and early afternoon, with afternoon symposium

Keynote speaker at noon

Poster presentation and reception to follow


This forum is a venue in which Northern undergraduates can present their research or scholarly activities. For more information, contact Dr. Alyssa Kiesow.


Details on undergraduate research and internship opportunities for current students are available on myNSU.


2018 NSU Undergraduate Scholarship and Activity Forum awardees


Poster Presentation

First Place: Sienna Wessel and Jordenne DuCheny, “The Comparative Effects of Visible and Ultraviolent Floral Traits on Vanessa cardui Attraction and Associative Learning”

Mentor: Dr. Alyssa Anderson


Second Place: Miranda Ristau, “The Effects of BPA on Xenopus laevis”

Mentor: Dr. Alyssa Kiesow


Oral Presentation

First Place: Tyler Bowen, Lindsay Aman, Dakota Feller, and Kenneth Hix, “Diversity of American Music”

Mentor: Dr. Kristi Bockorny


Second Place: Annika VanOosbree, “ABIRD5B Expression and Knockdown is Investigated in Pediatric Leukemia”

Mentor: Dr. Sam Milanovich


Undergraduate Travel Grants

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.



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.