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Undergraduate Research

Northwestern is a top research university and our undergraduates often play a role as research assistants in advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

Most students who work as research assistants are hired by professors who have had them in class. Successful candidates for research assistant positions have generally taken some level of econometrics, and it is often useful to have some background in coding.  However, this is not universal for all projects.

Options for research within the Economics Department: 


EconLab is a space for undergraduates to engage in part-time research and work closely with an Economics faculty member.  Undergraduate students can participate in EconLab in two ways:

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Other Research Options at Northwestern

There are several other ways of getting involved with research throughout the University.  One is with Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research (IPR), which has opportunities to work on faculty projects during the summer.  Some students also find research work with Kellogg faculty.  There are funding resources and guidance on conducting research both in the summer and academic year through the Office of Undergraduate Research.