The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is an eight-week competitive research experience at Northwestern University for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the U.S. All fields of research at Northwestern are open to SROP participants, including the social sciences and humanities, physical sciences, chemical and biological sciences, technology, math, and engineering. Each participant is matched with a Northwestern faculty member and conducts an appropriate full-time mentored research project.
Each student chosen to participate in SROP receives a $4,000 stipend, round-trip travel to and from Chicago, university housing, and a campus meal subsidy of $450, which is not intended to cover all meals. (Participants who choose to live off-campus will be responsible for their housing expenses.) The program also includes activities that prepare students for the graduate school application process, success in graduate school, and the development of their professional careers.
SROP candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and current sophomores or juniors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a four-point scale. Candidates should also have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Northwestern. Those belonging to groups which have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education (e.g., certain racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, and others) are encouraged to apply.