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).


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Now Accepting Faculty Requests for I2S Interns

Requests for research interns to assist with faculty-led projects in spring 2018 are now being accepted.  The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship will provide support for students to work up to 6 hours per week for up to 12 weeks for all approved requests.  

Request for 2018-19 Hooper Undergraduate Research Awards Now Available
Have an idea for a research project?  The request for 2018-19 Hooper Undergraduate Research Award applications is now available.  Applications will be accepted from February 1 - March 1; however, it is not too early to start collecting your application materials now.  Students may receive up to $3,500 to support a student-led research project conducted in 2018-19.  Funds may be used for personnel expenses, materials, or travel.  Watch for upcoming workshops where you can receive tips on how to submit an effective HURA grant application.
CalTech Wave Fellows Accepting Applications for Summer Research
CalTech WAVE Fellows Program is currently accepting applications for students to participate in a summer research experience in their Jet Propulsion Lab with the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Students should have an interest in one of the divisions within their lab.  Participants receive a weekly payment of $600 and a $500 housing allowance.  Visit the CalTech Wave Fellows website for more information and to apply.  
Application deadline: January 12, 2018
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.

Apply today

Abstract deadline: December 5, 2017

Apply for a Data Analyst/Business Intelligence Internship

Gain real-world experience by working in the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs BA as a data analyst intern.  This position is unpaid but is eligible for academic credit.  As a data analyst intern, you will perform a variety of tasks related to data visualizations and data scrubbing using Tableau Business Intelligence tool and Excel.  Must have a 2.5 GPA, be in good academic standing, and have completed an Applied BI course with a B or better. 

More information on this opportunity 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

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.