Research Rookies links undergraduate first-year, sophomore, and first-semester transfer students with faculty mentors in their major or area of interest to conduct a small-scale research project. Research Rookies is open to students from all colleges, departments, and majors. Students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.
As a Research Rookie, students will:
Participating in Research Rookies is the perfect way for highly motivated students to connect with one another as well as with supportive faculty and staff.
For more information on Research Rookies, please email ResearchRookies@niu.edu or call (815)-753-8156.
Double Huskies Jaymie and Harry Simmon were inspired by some of our best and brightest when they attended Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day in 2011. They viewed more than 120 student presentations, including several from participants in Research Rookies. They were so impressed with the students’ work and Research Rookies , they were inspired to help.
As a result of that visit, they made a significant gift to provide scholarship and program support for five students from a STEM or health field. Simmon Scholar students are awarded this honor for their academic performance and commitment to Research Rookies.
For the 2014-15 academic year, the named Simmon Scholars include:
Pictured from left to right: Roxana Moraga, Theodore Weiner, Jayson Shiau, Zachary Howard, Namra Aziz