Research Changing Undergraduate Experience

May 17, 2018

The University continues to expand undergraduate research so that more students than ever get the chance to test their creative abilities and problem-solving skills in real-world conditions. In 2017, the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) held more than 2,000 individual advising appointments and funded more than 550 students — both record highs since the office's creation in 2012.

Once reserved for faculty and graduate students, research opportunities have changed the nature of the Northwestern undergraduate experience by providing a counterbalance to daily classroom teaching and learning. And they push younger students to think and collaborate in unfamiliar ways in order to make new and meaningful contributions to the worlds of art, humanities, science and well beyond. Read more, here.

Research Snapshots

Sumaia Masoom
The social policy major is a published writer, so she might be biased. But she believes in the power of words. She's found that immigrant groups are in fact not voiceless — they just need to be heard. In analyzing political Islamophobia after the 2016 U.S. election, she's unwrapped personal stories of Muslim college students victimized by crime and bias. Read more.

Louis Danowsky and Sam Wolsk
The duo formed D.W. Jazz Orchestra during their freshman year and used an undergraduate research grant to craft their first album, an eight-track, big-band effort recorded at New York's Avatar Studios and released in May 2017. Coming soon is their second album, a recording of their live performance at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Read more.

Katie Braun
Environmental scientist Katie Braun is digging deep, literally, to examine the effects of climate change at Illinois Beach State Park. She is measuring carbon movement at wetlands there, which have suffered massive erosion in recent years. The erosion releases carbon into Lake Michigan, where it can return to the atmosphere and contribute to greenhouse warming.