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 on October 1, 2022 and closes on February 13, 2023 at 5PM eastern time. 

Learn more about the program here. 


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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 with the year you were in the program, details of your research project, and what is happening in your life today.


student doing research in classroom

Student Research

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.

Mariah with all her research equipment

"The most rewarding opportunity I have had while at NMU was being directly involved in research for all four years. I cannot give enough credit to the Freshman Fellows program for helping me get started (and the McNair program, which supported one of my peer researchers). I joined the solid state physics group at NMU and have worked for four years with Dr. Rick (P.W.) Mengyan to look at semiconductors using the Muon Spin Research (MuSR) technique. Through this work, I have gained valuable experimental skills, significantly built my knowledge base (which has supported my classroom learning), and gotten great exposure to professional research early." - Mariah Goeks, Freshman Fellows Graduate

Freshman Fellowship Program