Opportunities for research at Northern Arizona University


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Each of Northern Arizona University's individual colleges offers several opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research. These opportunities are available in many forms, including:

  • research courses
  • laboratories
  • field programs
  • grants
  • scholarships
  • study sites

Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics

The Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics (MGGen) is a state-of-the-art research facility that includes undergraduates on the research teams to study a number of disease-causing bacteria.

Colorado Plateau Analytical labs

The Sedimentary Records of Environmental Change Laboratory invites undergraduate science majors to pursue paid research projects aimed at interpreting past environmental changes by analyzing the stratigraphic changes in various physical and biological properties of lake sediment sampled in cores from Alaskan lakes. Find out more information about the laboratory and examples of research projects.

The Amino Acid Geochronology Laboratory invites undergraduate science majors to pursue paid research projects aimed at determining the ages of fossils by analyzing their amino acid content. The technique is used to solve a variety of research questions that require information about the age of prehistoric materials. Find out more information about the laboratory and examples of research projects.

Read more about both of the laboratories in the Winter 2013 Research Outcomes newsletter.

Contact: Dr. Darrell Kaufman 928-523-7192

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCF)

The DDCF at NAU is a multi-year program to train students to make significant contributions to the field of conservation.  For more details about the program requirements and application process, follow this link to the DDCF website.

Ecological Restoration Institute

The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) hires students from majors across campus to serve as research assistants on public lands throughout the Colorado Plateau.

Family Violence Institute (FVI)

 NAU's new Family Violence Institute is committed to promoting healthier, safer, and more sustainable forms of intimate relationships and provide NAU students with opportunities to learn about and address family violence through internships, independent study projects, research projects, seminars and clinics.  See attached brochure for more information.

Institute for Human Development (IHD)

At any given time, there are several projects going on at the Institute for Human Development (IHD).  IHD will match a student to a project based on interest and availability.  Send an email to Kelly.Roberts@nau.edu to inquire about current opportunities.

Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research

Read more about the many education and training experiences available at MPCER.

Minority Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT)

MHIRT funds international research experiences for qualified NAU, CCC, and Dine students interested in learning about health disparities in cultures of New Zealand, Indonesia, Palau, the Philippines, and Malaysia. See flyer for more information.

Northern Arizona University/National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Grant Intern program

The Undergraduate Research Internship (UGRI) program sponsored by the Arizona Space Grant Consortium provides paid research opportunities with a mentor for full-time Northern Arizona University undergraduate students in all majors to work. This Shoot for the Stars story has more information about the Space Grant program. Take a look at this year's Space Grant interns.

Watershed Research & Education Program (WREP)

WREP provides student research in all fields related to environmental biology and resource management in the watersheds, riparian areas, streams, and rivers of northern Arizona.

 Arizona Legislative Internship Program

The Arizona Legislative Internship Program provides select university students a unique opportunity to become an integral part of the legislative process.  During the Spring semester, Interns are placed in various positions at the Senate, House of Representatives, Governor’s office or Supreme Court, where they get an insider-view of how bills become law.  Legislative staff serve as mentors and guides to interns under their supervision.  Generally, Interns conduct legislative and public policy research, present information to committees, caucuses and individual legislators, analyze bills and write summaries. Interns receive a stipend and a tuition/fee waiver, and earn 12 hours of undergraduate upper division credit or 9 hours of graduate credit upon successful completion of the internship.  For more information and specific requirements, please visit the website nau.edu/legislativeinternship 

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Opportunities for undergraduate students by college include: