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Two NKU Biological Sciences majors diligently working in the lab on their summer undergraduate research projects

Undergraduate research is loaded with academic and professional benefits.

Whether your research is paid or volunteer-based, you'll absolutely gain an enriching educational experience.

Explore below for ways to find research opportunities.



UR-STEM is a paid summer research opportunity for NKU students early in their college careers. At the culmination of the summer research, students gather at the Heather Bullen Summer Research Celebration to proudly display their research findings.

  • No GPA requirements
  • All majors are eligible (including non-STEM)
  • Students must enroll for the upcoming Fall Semester as a full-time NKU student by the start of the research opportunity.
  • Students that have participated in a paid or for-credit research experience are not eligible

Select students will be hired to work over the summer in the following project categories:

  • Part-time: $1,400 (20 hours/week for 8 weeks)
  • Mini-project: $350 (10 hours/week for 4 weeks)

Browse the menu below for more information on the UR-STEM process.


There are other ways to find research opportunities on and off campus.

  • Talk to professors and fellow students.
  • Visit a department's webpage to learn about current research projects.
  • If a faculty member is involved in research that interests you, contact the faculty member for more information about their research.
  • Utilize the Student Opportunity Center to explore campus and external opportunities.


For more information about undergraduate research, please contact us at

Portions of this material are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under award number NSF DUE STEP-0969280.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.