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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ASAP: Temporary Research Assistants Needed - Cline Library

Cline Library needs 3 to 6 research assistants ASAP for temporary data census project work from mid-November through December 24, 2014.

  • 15-20 hours/week (flexible schedule)
  • Some hours must be M-F between 8am and 5pm
  • $11/hour

Open until filled.


More information here.

Call for UG Researcher - chemistry

Project Description:

We are investigating the electrical and mechanical properties of a novel energy storage device. The device, called a “structural electric double-layer capacitor,” or SEDLC, combines the electrical power storage of a capacitor with the structural strength of a carbon fiber composite material. The SEDLCS are manufactured and tested by students from the departments of chemistry and mechanical engineering. There are currently three primary subgroups within the project: one investigating electrode enhancement material, one manufacturing and performing electrical analysis, and one proceeding with mechanical testing. All groups work closely together.

What we seek:

We are currently interested in taking on a student, either a junior or sophomore, to manufacture and electrically test the SEDLCs. Other tasks may be assigned on an as needed basis.

This position is at NAU; starting date TBD.
See attached for qualifications, benefits, and application contact information.
November 21 deadline: Abstract submissions for SBS Fall Symposium

The 2nd Annual SBS Research Poster Symposium will be held on Monday, December 2, 4:00-6:00pm in Ashurst Hall. This isa college wide event showcasing undergraduate and graduate students’ research, service-learning projects, literature reviews, class products, and more. 

For more details, see the Events and Conferences webpage on this website.
September 29 - NCUR abstract submission period begins

The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

The 2015 Conference will be April 16-18 at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.

Deadline: December 2, 2014

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:

  • Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) Program Receive a stipend to assist faculty with scholarly, creative, or research projects in any discipline.
  • Hooper Undergraduate Research Award Receive funding for faculty-mentored, student-designed projects in any discipline.
  • Student Travel Award Receive monetary support to help cover the costs for graduate and undergraduate stucents to represent Northern Arizona University by competing or presenting at regional, national, or international conferences.


Watch Video: Undergraduate Researcher Cedar Mitchell

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