Freshman Fellows at NMU
The program began in 1995 as a pilot program with five fellows. Since then it has provided between 20-40 students each year with the opportunity to earn money as an assistant to a faculty member in a research project. Program outcomes include a high average cumulative GPA, and very high 3rd and 5th-semester retention rates.
The Freshman Fellowship program consists of a monetary award of up to $1,000, paid per hour. Most fellows work 3-4 hours per week throughout the year with their faculty mentor. In the past, Fellows have been placed with mentors in a wide variety of academic fields, including biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, English, economics, education, history, geography, nursing, and psychology.
The application opens in October and closes in February. We are in the reviewing process for 2021-22 applicants and will announce our new cohort of fellows soon! Stay tuned!
Calling All Alumni
If you were once a student involved in our program, we would love to feature you in an upcoming Alumni Spotlight. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the year you were in the program, details of your research project, and what is happening in your life today.
Because of the Freshman Fellowship Program, students in every academic field are making strides in research in their first year of college. Research has included working in Northern's Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center on brain tumor research, developing resources for history teachers in Michigan, researching the benefits of Solar Water Disinfection in Honduras, writing code for research simulations, and more. To learn more about the research that students are doing, visit the student research page.