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Northwestern University - The Graduate School – Evanston, IL

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About Northwestern University - The Graduate School

Welcome to The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern University. Opportunities for graduate study have been offered to students at Northwestern since 1874. In 1910 the Trustees of the University organized The Graduate School. Governance of The Graduate School resides in the Graduate Faculty, comprising over 1,000 distinguished scholars.

The McCormick School provides an environment that fosters creativity and innovation and emphasizes the importance of making outstanding contributions to society.Our distinguished faculty are actively engaged in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. They are active in entrepreneurial activities and are internationally recognized and cited by peers.

Our surroundings at Northwestern University include prestigious programs, Big Ten athletics, and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration across schools.

Nearby Chicago is an architecturally vibrant, multicultural city with diverse cultural attractions, theater, museums, music, strong international business community, top urban medical centers and universities.

The National Science Foundation offers Research Experience for Undergraduates:


Basic Information
Institution Type Private
School Size Medium (2,000 - 15,000 students)
Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation No Preference or affiliation
Student Body
Acceptance Rate Less than 25%
Out of State Students 25% - 50%
Single Sex or Co-ed? Co-educational
Underrepresented Students 5% - 10%
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities Services for the hearing impaired
Services for the learning disabled
Services for students with speech and communication disorders
Services for the visually impaired
Wheelchair access
Athletics Division I Teams
Applying to Northwestern University - The Graduate School
GRE Verbal 560
GRE Reading 710
GRE Analytical Writing 4.5
Cumulative MCAT 11
Required Tests GRE is required
Undergraduate GPA 3.6
Essay Required
Entry GPA 3.6
Interview Not Required
Financial Information
In-state Tuition $35,000 - $39,999
Out-of-state Tuition $35,000 - $39,999
Academic Information
Degrees BS/MD
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Professional Certification
Specific Programs Study abroad
Accelerated Study
Teacher certification
Double Major
Work-study program
Honors Program
Independent Study
Student employment services
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Event Name Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) Research Program
Web Site
Dates Wednesday December 31, 1969
Description Undergraduate Research

Active hands-on research infuses the traditional undergraduate curriculum with excitement. These experiences provide a glimpse into the life of a scientific researcher and opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned scientists. The center offers the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, under the leadership of Professor Mark Hersam, each summer.

The REU program is held for a 9-week period over the summer. Participants engage in full-time research on a nanotechnology-related topic. Regular group meetings give students opportunities to share their progress along the way, and gain a broad overview of a wide array of scientific projects. Additional activities include special lectures, field trips, a public speaking seminar, technical writing workshops, summer picnic, and tours of facilities and laboratories.

At the end of the summer, each participant completes a substantive research paper which is submitted for publication in Nanoscape - the first undergraduate journal of nanotechnology in the country and participate in the peer-review process.

A closing symposium completes the experience.
Application Process Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, majoring in the physical sciences or engineering, with at least one year left to complete their degree. Applicants are selected based upon academic achievements and scientific interests. Efforts are also made to offer these opportunties to students from smaller schools where research equipment and opportunities might not be available, and to encourage participation by young women and minorities. You may download an application by clicking on the link below, email a request to, or call 847/467-4862.

REU Application

June 23 - August 22, 2008

Deadline for Application - February 15.
Stipend - $4,000
Program also includes round-trip airfare and housing in Northwestern dormitories.

Contact Mr. Bruce Lindvall, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
Phone: 8474914547
Event Name Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Web Site
Dates Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) provides sophomores and juniors majoring in the social sciences, humanities, communications, biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering an opportunity for direct involvement in research. Throughout its 22-year history, SROP has endeavored to increase diversity among students  pursuing graduate education and provide a valuable academic experience for many students who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. The program is eight weeks in length, from June 23 through August 14, 2008, and includes faculty supervised research, enrichment activities that prepare undergraduates for graduate school (i.e. graduate school application workshop, writing workshops, etc.), and a conference. Sophomores and juniors who are from groups which have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate schools (e.g., certain racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, etc.) are encouraged to apply for SROP.

 Each student chosen to participate in the SROP will receive a stipend of $4000; in addition, $500 will be available to provide each participant with research supplies.

 The Graduate School will cover expenses for travel to and from the Northwestern Campus for all participants. Additionally, The Graduate School will provide University housing and a campus meal subsidy of $450. If you are interested in the housing provided by The Graduate School, please notify Mario Craigen. SROP participants who do not request campus housing are responsible for their housing expenses during the summer.

Students may not register for any summer school or other classes (i.e. MCAT prep, GRE prep, etc), accept a job for additional pay, or conduct research off-campus without prior written approval from the SROP Coordinator, Mario Craigen.


Application Process

To be considered for acceptance into SROP, you must:

  • be a sophomore or junior majoring in the social sciences, humanities, communications, biological sciences, physical sciences, or engineering
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Those belonging to groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate schools (e.g., certain racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Current juniors who applied to the SROP in 2007 are eligible to apply for the 2008 program.
Please note: applicants interested in pursuing MBA, JD, or MD degrees are not eligible for this program. Also, Northwestern University students are not eligible to apply for this program and should contact Mario Craigen ( for information about programs to which they may apply.

The application deadline for the 2008 SROP is February 10, 2008.  Students will be notified about the status of their application no later than February 29, 2008.


Contact Mr. Bruce Lindvall, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
Phone: 8474914547
Scholarship Name Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Web Site
Application Deadline Friday February 15, 2008
Description The Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program over a 9-week period each summer. The program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents majoring in materials science, physics, chemistry, or engineering. Participants traditionally represent schools and universities across the country. Each participant is paired up with a Center faculty based on mutual research interests. Furthermore, a graduate student or postdoctoral associate mentor will work closely with the undergraduate.
Application Process 1) Fill out the online application form. This includes writing a Personal Statement describing your academic and research goals and any previous research experiences. (200-250 words)
2) Mail in an official college transcript.
3) Arrange to have 2 letters of recommendation sent to us (e-mail or hard copy).

Send all application materials to or:

Materials Research Center
Attn: REU
2145 Sheridan Rd. TECH K111
Evanston, IL, 60208

Contact Mr. Bruce Lindvall, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
Phone: 8474914547

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