30 Nov NIU Undergraduate Research Programs – Northern Illinois University Huskies
A recent announcement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching confirmed what most at Northern Illinois University already knew: NIU excels in providing students opportunities for engaged learning. NIU is one of only 311 colleges and universities in the nation to meet Carnegie’s criteria for curricular engagement. The university met the criteria for Outreach and Partnerships in 2008. Dr. Julia Spears, coordinator for Engaged Learning Intiatives talks about opportunities for undergraduate students at NIU to get involved in research and engage with the university’s top faculty at the early onset of a student’s college career.
Located in one of the most dynamic regions of the country, NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of more than 24,000.
NIU opened in 1899 as the Northern Illinois State Normal School solely to prepare college-educated teachers. It became Northern Illinois State College on July 1, 1955, and Northern Illinois University on July 1, 1957.
The university has since grown into a world-class university that attracts students from around the globe while still serving the northern Illinois region, and yet two traditions established in 1899 remain paramount today: We are deeply committed to preparing teachers and providing an excellent and affordable higher education to Illinois families.
The Illinois General Assembly granted NIU its own governing board in 1996. The university also operates education centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Rockford to offer many of NIU’s programs at times and locations designed to accommodate the needs of its vital service region.