Increase your chances of getting your Summer Undergraduate Research Grant application funded.

Get feedback on your proposal!

Summer URG Proposal Revision Workshop: Saturday, March 7 @ 3:00 p.m. Facebook Event


“Last Chance” Revision Workshops. RSVP to attend. Email Gretchen to reserve your spot in one session only:

Monday, March 9, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, March 9, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Use our online resources!

Online guide to proposal writing

Browse a list of successful proposals


Summer URGs provide $3,000 stipends for 8-week independent projects.

Application deadline March 13, 2015.

Read about Summer URGs from Northwestern University’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

March 9- 13th is Non-profit Week at NCA!

We’re calling all public policy, non-profit, and social mission driven Northwestern students to save the dates for Nonprofit Week: Live a life of purpose in government, education, cultural and social mission institutions (March 9-13). Throughout the week, Northwestern Career Advancement will bring you events and opportunities designed to help advance your future in these industries.

To make the most of the week, please be sure your CareerCat profile is complete with your updated graduation year, class level, major and career interest areas (community Service Social Justice, Educational Institutions and Teaching, Government and Public Policy, etc.). We also welcome you to stop in the Express Advising Center (Main Library, Second Floor, Core) Monday-Friday between 2-4 p.m. next week for help polishing your resume/cover letter before Nonprofit Week begins.

Our menu of opportunities includes:

Nonprofit Chicago Career Trek
Tuesday, March 10, 10:00-4:00p.m.
All students are invited to apply to join Northwestern Career Advancement and the School of Education and Social Policy on our Nonprofit Chicago Career Trek! Get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work at an organization such as the Environmental Law & Policy Center, while connecting with Northwestern alumni and industry professionals. To apply, please email your resume to Effie Loukas at by March 6th at noon. More details to follow after application!

Preparing for the Nonprofit, Policy and Government Internship/Job Search
Wednesday, March 11,
4:00-5:00 p.m., 620 Lincoln, Garden Level
Join NCA for a discussion on how to maximize your job search in nonprofit, policy, and government. This workshop with lay the groundwork for your search by identifying important resources, strategies, and career tips. You will leave with an action plan to make your search a success!

Careers in Global Health Lunch & Learn with NU Alum Lawrence Michel
Thursday, March 12, 12-1:30 p.m., Norris, Northwestern A
RSVP is requested in CareerCat (Events > Workshops)
Join Northwestern alum Lawrence (Larry) Michel (’84, ’88), the vice president of the Center for Leadership and Management at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to learn about careers in global health, public health, and international non-profit work. MSH is a nonprofit international health consulting organization composed of nearly 2,500 people from more than 60 nations. Larry’s organization helps managers and leaders in developing countries create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact. We welcome you to hear his career story and learn about the industry!

Alumni Career Path Blog Series
Tune into the NCA blog to read about how fellow ‘Cats got their start in the nonprofit field. Guest alumni blog authors include:

  • MacArthur Antigua, Director of Alumni Engagement at Public Allies
  • Katherine Ritchey, Communications Manager at the Pew Research Center
  • Jason Wiens, Policy Director at the Kauffman Foundation
  • Peter Toth, Innovation Consultant at Foresight Design Initiative
  • Peter Skopec, State Director at The Public Interest Network

Job and Internship Emails Right To Your Inbox
Once your CareerCat profile is updated with your nonprofit career interests, you’ll receive biweekly emails from NCA featuring job and internship opportunities with organizations looking to hire Northwestern ‘Cats.

Alumni Mock Phone Interviews
Are you interested in having a mock phone interview with an alumnus within the nonprofit industry? Express interest by signing up in CareerCat and searching ID #109472.

Tweets: #CatsDoGood
Follow the hashtag #CatsDoGood throughout the week of March 9 for tips and job/internship opportunities Tweeted from our @NUCareerAdvance and @JobsforCats Twitter handles. Got a tip of your own or want to share your experience during Nonprofit Week? Tweet at us!

Exam Relief Late-Night Breakfasts, 3/15 (Sunday), 10pm-12am, Sargent & Allison

On the eve of finals (Sunday, March 15), Residential Services will be hosting late-night breakfasts for students who live on campus. From 10pm-12am, the dining halls will be open in Sargent and Allison and Sodexo will be serving up a full menu from eggs and pancakes to donuts and cereal, with plenty of bacon, hash browns, bagels, and muffins in between. Along with juice, there will be endless coffee. Res Services staff members will be on hand to chat with students, refill juice glasses, and circulate with extra breakfast pastries.

In addition, the dining halls in Sargent and Allison will be open as study spaces from 8-10pm. Coffee and beverages will be available during that window of time.

APPLY to Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford’s 2015 Ensemble

Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford is a six-week summer repertory company and training intensive in Shakespeare and ensemble theater-making. We are accepting applications from college students and recent graduates to join us in Summer 2015. The application is due April 15 and consists of a written application and interview.

The program is an opportunity for rigorous. collaborative. interdisciplinary study and theater creation as part of a close ensemble. Daily work includes rehearsals, classes in ensemble theater and Shakespeare performance, and masterclasses with visiting artists and academics on topics such as Voice, Movement, Devising, and Directing.

The final week of the program is our repertory season, when the ensemble performs site-specific, full-length productions of Henry V and Twelfth Night in rotating repertory. Every member of the ensemble performs in both plays; directing and design opportunities are also available. All performances are open to the public.

Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford is in residence on the historic grounds of the former American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy in Stratford, Connecticut. This year’s program will run June 29 to August 10.

With our interdisciplinary approach in mind, we seek applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Prior training in theater and/or Shakespeare is not a requirement for admission. Rather, we look for evidence of the applicant’s desire to create, a strong work ethic, curiosity, and readiness to jump in and take risks as part of a sustained ensemble-development process. Two full scholarships will be awarded to students attending this year’s program.

To learn more and apply, please have a look around our website:

Consider applying for a $3000 stipend through the Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP).

SIGP applications are being accepted through Tuesday, April 7, 2015. In addition to the $3000 stipend, SIGP provides undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships this summer career development support from Northwestern Career Advancement.

Who is eligible?
Any Northwestern undergraduate student who meets all of the following criteria:
-A current student who will be enrolled for at least fall quarter of the following academic year and is a degree seeking student
-Pursuing an internship in a traditionally unpaid field or role
-Receiving 0.25 or less credit for the summer internship
-Not receiving any money from the employer or other funds from Northwestern
-Has an internship secured by May 30

For an overview of the application process and more information, we invite you to Visit the SIGP website.
If students have specific questions, please direct them to contact

SIGP 2015 Flyer

Increase your chances of getting your Summer Undergraduate Research Grant application funded.

Get individual feedback on your proposal:

Saturday, February 28 @ 3:00 p.m. Facebook Event

Saturday, March 7 @ 3:00 p.m. Facebook Event


Use our online resources:

Summer URGs provide $3,000 stipends for 8-week independent projects.

Application deadline: March 13, 2015.

Read about Summer URGs from Northwestern University’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

Psychology 314: Special Topics in Psychology: In Search of the Engram

Spring 2015
Psychology 314: Special Topics in Psychology: In Search of the Engram
Thursdays from 9-11:50 am; Swift Hall Room 231
Taught by Professor Aryeh Routtenberg
This course will review the original writings of Hebb and his teacher Lashley in the late 1940s on the neurological basis of memory which will lead into more recent research including how their insights of the 40’s have been applied and understood in the context of modern imaging methods applied by Tonegawa and others up to 2015. Background in neuroscience or biological science recommended.