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Research at NMU

Northern Michigan University prides itself on the numerous opportunities we provide to undergraduate and graduate students to engage in high-level research projects. From uncovering the mysteries of the Aurora Borealis to conducting brain tumor and genetics research, students are able to participate in meaningful, hands-on learning that supports their educational and personal goals.  

Explore this site to discover all the ways to get involved with research at NMU, or view news stories related to research at NMU.


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Research Centers and Labs

NMU students and faculty engage in scholarship and research in all academic departments. 


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Celebration of Student Scholarship

The Celebration of Student Scholarship is an annual event held on the NMU campus to celebrate the scholarship and creativity of both undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines.

Additional Celebration of Student Scholarship Information


Three minute thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis

Each year, NMU students compete for recognition, prizes and a spot in the regional competition. Three Minute Thesis was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008. 

Additional 3MT Information

Trainings and Workshops

Student Trainings and Workshops

The Office of Graduate Education and Research offers training sessions for students in areas such as: thesis guidelines, research compliance, grant funding, and presenting research. 

Faculty Trainings and Workshops

The Grants and Contracts Office and the Graduate Education and Research Office provide training sessions for faculty discussing, grant funding, grant writing, research compliance, and grant award management. 

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"The word 'research' can seem daunting and out of your comfort zone, but it can be fun and tailored to your interests! Ask questions, ask for help, and reach out to explore the possible opportunities in your areas of interest."

Breanna Demaline