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Graduate Dean's Research and Creative Activities Assistantship, 2017-2018

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March, 2017: The College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) and the Research and Creative Activities Advisory Group is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 round of Graduate Dean’s Research and Creative Activities Assistantships (“RCA Assistantships”) for graduate students at Northeastern Illinois University. The goal of these awards is to give graduate students an extended opportunity to experience and participate in the conduct of a research or creative activity project with an NEIU faculty member.

The RCA Assistantships will provide support for one academic year. Each award will include one course tuition waiver per term for two terms (Fall and Spring), a stipend of $300 a month for 10 hours a week of work assisting a faculty mentor with their research or creative activity project, and a research budget of up to $250.

This year, we plan to award five RCA Assistantships. The awards will be contingent on available funding. 

Due date for applications: Friday, April 14, 2017  by 11:59 p.m.
Award period: Fall 2017-Spring 2018 (August 28, 2017 - May 8, 2018).

Eligibility: Graduate students who are in good standing in a degree program at Northeastern during the period of the award are eligible. Awards are contingent on students enrolling in at least one graduate-level course in the Fall and Spring terms.

Application Process: Submit the following materials in PDF format to

  • Copy of the student’s NEIU full transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable) including both undergraduate and graduate level, if the student did undergraduate work here;
  • CV or Resume (optional);
  • 1-2 page outline of the research or creative activity project and plan, including a description of what will be produced. The first paragraph should be a lay summary of the project and plan.
  • Annotated budget up to $250 for research or creative activity support (if requesting this support);
  • Letter of recommendation for the student from the faculty member mentoring the student on the research/creative activity project, including a description of any objectives for the student’s growth experience as an RCA Graduate Assistant that complement the project plan.

Award process:  A subgroup of the Research and Creative Activities Advisory Group will review the applications and budget proposals, and make its recommendations to the CGSR Dean. The committee encourages projects that develop the professional skills of the graduate assistant as well as further the research or creative activity itself. 

Deliverables:  The student will present at the Spring Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium and submit a 1-2 page research summary by the end of the Spring term. 

The members of the RCA Advisory Group are listed below:



Michael Stern

Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research (Chair)

Tony Adams

Chair of Communications, Media and Theatre

John Al Bazi

Chair, Steering Committees for Faculty and Student Research Symposia, and Chair of Chemistry

Jan Alexander

Director of Research & Evaluation, Center for College Access and Success

Kim Ambriz

Chair and Associate Professor, Art

Saba Ayman-Nolley

Chair, Institutional Review Board and Chair and Professor, Psychology

Dave Green

Associate Dean, Library

Gerry Moreno

Associate Professor, Special Education

Shedeh Tavakoli

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education

Shayne Pepper

Chair, Advisory Committee on Awards 

Sharon Todd

Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

Qiumei (Jane) Xu

Associate Professor, Management

John Butler-Ludwig

Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations (serving ex officio)

Wendy Stack

Associate Vice President, Access, Innovation, and Research and Executive Director, Center for College Access and Success (serving ex officio)

Sudha Srinivas

Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research (serving ex officio)

Please contact with any questions about this new assistantship opportunity. 


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