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.

New Online COURS Seminars

Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars (COURS) seminars are now available online! Are you an undergraduate interested in research, scholarly, or creative work? Learn about a variety of topics this fall semester, including:


  • Research Data Misconduct
  • Graduate School and Professional Development
  • Preparing an Abstract for NCUR
  • Summer Research Opportunities
  • Writing a HURA Grant Proposal
Each topic will only be available for a limited time. Email ug-research@nau.edu if you'd like to register.


Minority Health International Research Training Program

Interested in an international research opportunity to learn about health disparities among the world's Indigenous cultures? The MHIRT Program might be for you! Now accepting applications for the May 2016 - August 2016 program.

Qualified applicants will meet these criteria:

  • Must be a citizen, non-citizen national, or U.S. permanent resident
  • Must be a student enrolled at NAU, CCC, or Dine College
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be from one of the following underrepresented groups in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences:
    • American Indians, Alaska Natives, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
    • OR from a rural area
    • OR from a low socio-economic group
Applications open: September 1, 2015
Application due date: October 15, 2015

Information sessions are held at the Center for International Education (CIE) every Thursday of September at 4 pm. To see more details or to apply, visit the MHIRT website.

SEMINARS: Preparing a Winning Application to Posters on the Hill

Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars (COURS) Special Seminar Session:

How to Prepare a Winning Application to the 2016 Posters on the Hill (PoH) in Washington, DC next April

Sessions in Bury Hall (Bldg #8), Room 109
  • September 29 (Tues) - 3:30-4:30pm
  • October 16 (Fri) - 2:00-3:00pm
PoH application deadline: November 4, 2015, 11:59pm EST
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 academic credit 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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