Undergraduate StudyResearch Opportunities
Research with Faculty Members
Getting involved in research in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has many benefits, including developing critical thinking and laboratory skills, gaining a deeper understanding of research problems related to coursework, and using creativity and engineering skills to solve real needs.
Getting your research funded
The Office of Undergraduate Research at Northwestern University has an array of research opportunities for undergraduates, including grants and programs for conducting independent projects, regardless of school affiliation or major. The office also helps advise students on how to find research opportunities, how to work with faculty members, and how to write research grant proposals.
Students of all years may apply for the two types of grants available:
- Academic Year Grants cover research expenses up to $1000 for a quarter-length project.
- Summer Grants provide $3500 to cover research and living expenses for full-time summer projects. To learn more, click here.
McCormick Summer Research Award
The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science offers support for summer research with a faculty mentor through the McCormick Summer Research Awards program.
National Science Foundation Research Opportunities
The National Science Foundation funds several nationwide research programs for undergraduate students interested in research. Many of these are summer programs and are located across the country. These research programs are highly competitive. The deadlines for summer research positions occur between November and February.
Undergraduate students working in research labs on campus are required to abide by the university’s safety guidelines. The Office of Research Safety website has safety guidelines for chemical and biological labs. All students should familiarize themselves with the emergency procedures.