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Posner Research Program

The Posner Research Program gives 25 rising sophomores the opportunity to engage in research projects under the guidance of Northwestern faculty members during the summer after their first year. Research opportunities are available in four areas of study: humanities, social science, natural science, or mathematics. Students who are among the first in their family to attend college or who attended high schools with limited AP offerings are especially encouraged to apply.

What will I do in the Program?

Students awarded a Poster Summer Fellowship will spend 8 weeks of the summer working full-time on a research project. The Weinberg Dean's Office will match the student with an appropriate faculty member. The faculty member and the student will work together to decide the details of the project and the role of the student.

Each Posner Fellow receives support (which includes on-campus room, board, and a $1500 stipend) to cover research and living expenses for the eight-week period beginning June 24 and ending August 18. The stipend is split into two payments made at the beginning of the eight weeks and again mid-way through, after evaluation of your participation in the fellowship program.

How do I apply? 

Interested students should contact Cindy Pingry. Interviews will begin in February. You will be asked to indicate which of the four areas of study (humanities, social science, natural science, mathematics) may be of interest to you.

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