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.

Now Open: 2018 Posters on the Hill Application

The Council on Undergraduate Research invites you to submit an abstract for the 22nd Annual Posters on the Hill. 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.   

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 Interns-to-Scholars

Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) is a program designed to enable undergraduates, especially sophomores, to work as assistants on faculty scholarly, creative, or research projects in all disciplines.  Interns are paid for their participation.

Application Deadline: September 17, 2017
Earn Credit and Develop Valuable Skills as a Data Analyst Intern

The Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs is currently offering a data analyst/business intelligence internship for the fall semester.  Gain real-world experience while earning academic credit by creating data visualizations, researching features available for use with Tableau, and maintaining databases that track enrollment and course data.  

Requirements and Qualifications:


  • 2.5 GPA in good academic standing
  • Adhere to department and university confidentiality expectations
  • Successful completion of background check and fingerprint clearance
  • FERPA certified (will work with intern to get certification)
  • Familiar with Microsoft Excel and Tableau
  • Familiar with SQL
  • Successfully completed Applied BI course with a B or better


Application Deadline: September 1, 2017
NCUR Abstract deadline: December 5, 2017

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 

April 4-7, 2018

It’s impossible to separate a university and its community. They are connected by vision, by need, by goals. Together, they thrive. The National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2018 embraces this vital relationship in the conference theme, Connection to Place, recognizing the increasing need for direct relevance of an educational experience to the communities that await the college graduate in 2018 and beyond. The University of Central Oklahoma warmly invites you to our place to make connections with innovative undergraduate research, new friends, and new places to broaden your perspective.

More information: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/student_events/ncur_2018/ 

Abstract deadline: December 5, 2017

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:


Watch Video: Undergraduate Researcher Cedar Mitchell

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