Northwestern University

Summer Research Opportunity Program
The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is an eight-week competitive research experience at Northwestern University for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States. All fields of research at Northwestern are open to SROP participants including the social sciences and humanities, physical sciences, chemical and biological sciences, technology, math and engineering fields. Those belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education (e.g., certain racial and ethnic minorities, women in STEM, first-generation college students, etc.) are encouraged to apply
• Contact: Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP Program Manager
[email protected] or call (217) 244-4899.
CURE Program
A summer research program at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University for underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. It is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Each year the Lurie Cancer Center accepts 12 college students to work alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories. The scientists act as mentors and work with students on nationally funded laboratory research projects during the eight-week summer program. Students are introduced to the basics of cancer biology and receive career guidance through weekly focused seminars presented by faculty members. At the end of the CURE program, each trainee is required to prepare a brief written summary and to give an oral report of his or her project to fellow CURE students and faculty mentors.
• Contact: Robin Leikin, PhD, CURE Program Director: [email protected]
Northwestern in partnership with the City of Evanston, Evanston Public Library, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School District 202, McGaw YMCA, Family Focus and Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) helped launch EvanSTEM, a program that seeks to improve access and engagement for students who have traditionally underperformed or have been underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
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• Contact: Kirby Girolami Callam. Project Director, EvanSTEM. (847) 859-8059, [email protected]
Evanston Cradle to Career
• The Evanston Cradle to Career initiative is a collective impact effort to mobilize our community assets to make a lasting difference in the lives of our community’s children, youth and families.
• Link:
• Address: 1560 Sherman Ave. Suite 535 Evanston, IL 60201.
• Phone: 847.492.0990
NU-Chicago STAR Partnership
Northwestern University has partnered with the City Colleges of Chicago to offer a Northwestern Star Scholarship Award to talented students who attend a Chicago Public School and go on to complete an associate’s degree at a City College.
• Link:
• Contact: Kimberley Lindsay, Senior Assistant Director, Transfer Coordinator, 847-491-7344, [email protected]
Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI)
A unique community of researchers, clinicians, students and advocates affiliated with Northwestern University dedicated to improving women’s health by advancing the field of sex based biology.
• Monthly research forums; paid summer positions for undergraduate students interested in oncofertility laboratory research; science education summer academies for high school females in Chicago; mentoring program between female high school girls and science graduate and medical students
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• Address: 303 E Superior Street, Suite 10-121, Chicago Illinois 60611.
• Phone: 312-503-1385
Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning
• Adult Cognitive Screenings
Free community screenings give participants a baseline of their overall cognitive health. Confidential 20-minute cognitive screenings involve answering written and verbal questions that are commonly used by allied health professionals to gauge brain health through memory, speech, and other related indicators. Please contact us at 847-491-3165 if you would like to host a screening event or register for an upcoming screening.
• Hearing Screenings
Free hearing screenings conducted by the clinic are held in various locations throughout the year. Call 847-491-3165 if you would like to host a screening event or register for an upcoming screening.
• Youth Speech-Language Screenings
Schools and daycares often invite speech-language pathologist teams to assess speech-language development.
• Link:
• Address: 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.
• Phone: 847-491-3165
Northwestern Bluhm Legal Clinic Center on Wrongful Convictions
Considers cases where there is a claim of actual innocence and post-conviction status. Community members able to mail them a request to review their case as long as it meets two pieces of criteria (1) actual innocence, and (2) that the case is in post-conviction status.
• Link:
• Center on Wrongful Convictions
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
• Phone: 312.503.8576
NU Center for Civic Engagement
Has a website that lets local organizations and community members know how and who to collaborate with at Northwestern University. Offers venues for community members to subscribe to the civic engagement email digest; host an undergraduate or graduate student intern; be a site for a student volunteer group; host students for a field experience at your organization; attend an event at Northwestern.
• Link:
Contact: [email protected] or visit in person at 1813 Hinman Avenue on the Northwestern Evanston campus.
Northwestern/Evanston Skilled Trades Training Program
Teaches community members skills through an apprenticeship program in the University’s Facilities Management Division. Program hires six individuals per year for this apprenticeship.
• Link:
• Contact: Martha Logan at 847-448-8041 or [email protected]
Northwestern University Student Volunteer Request
Makes visible community-based volunteer opportunities to Northwestern University students.
• Link:
• Contact: Myrtie Williams, [email protected] at
NU Community Relations
Every month, they provide a catalogue of on-campus events and opportunities open to the public. These include special performances from world-renowned musicians, family-friendly events for children, Big 10 athletics, and lectures in the humanities and sciences. There is also a newsletter available,
• Link:
• Contact: [email protected] or visit in person,
1813 Hinman Avenue, on the Northwestern Evanston campus.

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