Northern Arizona University provides a wealth of opportunities for undergraduate students to enhance their education by participating in research, creative, and scholarly activities. No matter what your major, there is a project opportunity for you and a way to fund it.

Our undergraduate students work closely with faculty who are leaders in their field to conduct meaningful projects. Explore how you can get involved—it’s easier than you might think and the rewards are well worth the effort.  Make an impressive addition to your resume or portfolio and make a difference in the world.  

What is undergraduate research?

It is a process of scholarly inquiry and/or creative activity conducted by undergraduate students, typically in collaboration with mentors, for the purpose of examining, evaluating, creating, and sharing knowledge or works in ways consistent with practices for their relevant discipline(s).


Click on each item below to get the latest information about these opportunities.

Call for applications: Research Abroad through MHIRT

Apply to participate in summer 2017 10-week international research opportunities in biomedical, health, ecological, and social sciences. See this flier for more details.

Information Sessions: 4pm in the Center for International Education at Blome (bldg #2) 

  • September 8
  • September 15
  • September 22

Application deadline: October 15, 2016

MGGen Undergraduate Research Opportunity

MGGen has a strong undergraduate research program that provides students with hands-on research experience under direct guidance of a faculty mentor. MGGen is actively seeking numerous students to do research this coming spring and summer semester. Students from diverse academic majors are welcomed!

Application information: View the application checklist and the application packet for more information.

Deadline information: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year – but the sooner you apply, the better!

CALL for 2017 Posters on the Hill Applications

The Council on Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the application dates for its 21st annual Poster on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. This is a competitive event, giving students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their representatives, and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research. 

Only 60 posters are chosen nationwide. NAU students have been Arizona's representatives for the last 3 years!

Application period: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Friday, November 4, 2016.  Portal closes at 11:59 PM EST.
For more information on the application process, FAQs, and submission form, please to to this website: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/student_events/posters_on_the_hill/



Online COURS Seminars

Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars (COURS) seminars are now available online in Bb Learn! Are you an undergraduate interested in research, scholarly, or creative work?

This semester, you can learn about

  • Research data misconduct
  • Finding summer research opportunities
  • Finding a research mentor
  • Writing a HURA grant proposal
  • Designing a winning research poster
  • Publishing your results

 Email ug-research@nau.edu if you'd like to register.

Now Accepting Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC) Applications
If you are excited about being involved in scholarly, creative, or research projects, we hope you'll consider applying to become a member of the Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC), to help us promote these opportunities at NAU.  More information is located on the SURC webpage.
CUR free Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Currently the Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Any undergraduate may go to the registration page to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student or the student's home institution. Student information records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools or Research Programs that contract with CUR for this service. Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.

Fund your research

There are many ways to obtain funding while performing cutting-edge research. Explore one of these options:

  • Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) Program Receive a stipend to assist faculty with scholarly, creative, or research projects in any discipline.
  • Hooper Undergraduate Research Award Receive funding for faculty-mentored, student-designed projects in any discipline.
  • Student Travel Award Receive monetary support to help cover the costs for graduate and undergraduate students to represent Northern Arizona University by competing or presenting at regional, national, or international conferences.


Watch Video: Undergraduate Researcher Cedar Mitchell

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