Pursuing research at the university level makes our students knowledge creators and develops their teamwork skills. The discipline of mind that research requires is one of the best ways to learn to think critically. “There is a great rejuvenation that occurs when you listen to the enthusiasm of young people in describing their research experiences,” said Barry Karger, James L. Waters Chair in analytical chemistry and director of The Barnett Institute.
With more than 1,100 full-time faculty collaborating on basic and applied research, Northeastern offers countless opportunities for our students to apply their classroom learning to the process of discovery. A research co-op in a faculty laboratory provides our students with an extraordinary educational experience. Bob Matz ’62, and his wife Eileen, have generously established the Matz Scholars Program to provide undergraduate research co-ops with Northeastern faculty in the field of biotechnology. “I wanted the students to get their spot in the sun for all the work they’re doing to make Northeastern a better school,” Bob says. “I like to see them succeed, but to succeed at a different level.”
Equally important, the mentorship of a faculty member extends the relationship beyond the classroom. In fact, many of these students build on this initial placement as they develop their future postgraduate plans. Dr. Andrew Schafer ‘69 shared that “Northeastern was the incubator for my pursuit of medical science. It is where I learned to appreciate the critical importance of dedicated teaching and mentoring.” Through the mentorship of Professor Charles Gainor, Dr. Schafer became “infected for life with a passion for medical research and experimentation. Whatever I have contributed to medical science, and whatever I have learned to become a mentor and teacher, I owe entirely to Professor Gainor and Northeastern!”
Research co-ops, especially in faculty laboratories, are a primary funding priority for the University.
In academic year 2012, despite an overwhelming interest, only 28 students had the opportunity to conduct research in a faculty lab through a paid co-op fellowship. By funding a co-op research experience with a faculty mentor, you will help ignite a lifelong interest for research in our students. Your gift provides a student with the opportunity to work in a faculty laboratory for either six-month co-op cycle ($15,000) or for the summer ($5,000). Our goal is to provide 100 of these opportunities each year. We need your help!
Undergraduate students in degree programs in years ranging from sophomore through senior and in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for a co-op research fellowship).
For more information, please contact Patty Flint at 617.373.7356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.