North Central College - Naperville, IL

Undergraduate research and presentation opportunities

At North Central College, research is key to building a great résumé. Students across all disciplines—from biology to English to athletic training to German—are getting involved in research and presenting at national conferences. In fact, North Central for several years has ranked among the top 5 percent in participation among 675 schools at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

“Research in any field teaches students how to solve problems,” says Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry and coordinator of undergraduate research. “It’s the foundation of academic preparation.”

As early as your first year on campus, you can:

  • Help faculty conduct their research and then enroll in an independent study for guided research. Apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship to fund your expenses.
  • Participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium, where you can be paid to work along with a professor. You will attend weekly meetings on research topics, present at a campus mini-conference and gain practice sharing your research at national conferences.
  • Later, apply for summer research opportunities at major universities and to win prestigious national scholarships and grants.