North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student Opportunities

Take advantage of some of the many opportunities to enrich your education outside the classroom! Below are some examples; follow the links for more information.

  • Gain "real-world" experience through an Internship

Many physics & engineering students work part-time in the Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program at Argonne National Laboratory. Co-op students work 15-19 hours per week during the school year and often work full-time during summer and break periods.  

Aaron Feaver received a Richter Fellowship to carry out a study of his own design on traffic safety programs in Nitra, Slovakia and Naperville. The fellowship paid for his travel, living, and research expenses. He also received academic credit for his project.

Alicia Casacchia took an advanced engineering course while studying at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Other recent physics and engineering students have studied at Macquarie University in Australia and Dundee University in Scotland.

Physics and engineering students can do research with North Central faculty during the academic year and summers, and many physics majors spend fall of their senior year doing research at a national laboratory through the Department of Energy's SULI program.  Students present their research at North Central’s annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, and many present at the annual Argonne Symposium and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Be a co-op student at Argonne National Laboratory

Ida Sefer prepares a niobium part for a superconducting cavity on the ATLAS accelerator at Argonne National Laboratory. Ida took advantage of Argonne's co-op program to work part-time in an Argonne research laboratory in addition to being a full-time student at North Central.