Undergraduate Study
Research 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.

Learn more about the department’s current areas of research

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.

Learn more about getting your research funded

Visit the McCormick School website to learn more about undergraduate research opportunities

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.

Learn more about McCormick Summer Research Awards

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.

Learn more about National Science Foundation research opportunities

Research Safety

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.

Learn more about lab safety at Northwestern

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started finding a research project or research advisor? 

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department recently hosted an info session on getting started in research, these slides have the highlights from that info session. The Office of Undergrad Research also has useful "getting started" tips for the process of finding a research area and finding an advisor.