Apply now for fall quarter Investigative Journalism class (JOUR 373-0-20)

Supported by The Medill Justice Project

Dear students,

There will be as many as 10 openings in the spring quarter Investigative Journalism class taught by Prof. Alec Klein. The class is a 2-unit course. Open exclusively to juniors and seniors, this rigorous course provides a glimpse into the criminal justice system through hands-on experience in the field. The class is open to both Medill and non-Medill undergraduate students.

More about Investigative Journalism (JOUR 373)

This class is the only university course in the country where undergraduate journalism students investigate a potentially wrongful murder conviction and publish their findings.  Over the years, the class has helped exonerate several prisoners, including some from death row, and helped inform the governor’s decision to abolish the death penalty.  The student team is supported by The Medill Justice Project and assisted by a licensed private detective and a full-time research associate. For further information, please visit our website at

Course expectations and commitments:

  • Learn the essentials of investigative reporting, including approaches to interviewing, how to cultivate sources, where to find public records and how to organize in-depth investigative stories
  • Develop video and other multimedia elements for publication
  • Prepare for media attention and to be interviewed about your work
  • Work in the field extensively, potentially travel out of state, take sources out for approved meals and visit prisons and crime scenes
  • Class is held Mondays from 2:00 – 4:50 p.m. on the Evanston campus

To be considered for enrollment, please complete the attached application and email to Prof. Klein at by Saturday, May 10, at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified on Sunday, May 11, of their application status, prior to pre-registration for spring quarter classes.

Northwestern’s Mock Trial team is hosting an LSAT Workshop next Tuesday at 6:30pm

Free LSAT Workshop

Northwestern’s Mock Trial Team is hosting an LSAT Workshop for all students interested in applying to law school. Learn how to craft the perfect personal statement, secure the best letters of recommendation, and the best methods for tackling the beast that is the Law School Admissions Test from a Blueprint LSAT instructor who scored in the 99th percentile on his own LSAT. Plus, all attendees are eligible for a $200 discount on a Blueprint classroom course! Free food will also be provided!

Meeting information:
Free LSAT Workshop

Tuesday, May 13th

Northwestern, Fisk Hall, Room 217

LSAT Prep Discounts!

Free Food!

2014-2015 Career Ambassador Program, Application deadline is Monday, May 12, 2014

Would you like to develop your skills in resume-writing, interviewing and internship/job searching while helping fellow Northwestern students?

University Career Services is recruiting Career Ambassadors for the 2014-15 academic year. As a Career Ambassador, you’ll advise fellow students on quick career-related concerns during UCS walk-in hours, conduct outreach presentations across campus, and help with marketing UCS programs and events.

Students of all majors who will have sophomore, junior or senior standing in the 2014-15 school year will be considered.

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 12 through CareerCat (Log in to apply: “Jobs/Internships” > “Employers seeking NU students/alumni,” keyword: Career Ambassador, ID: 96233). Learn more about the program here:

It’s time for the English Department’s Annual Writing Competition!!

 It’s time for the English Department’s Annual Writing Competition!!

Submit your research papers and creative work
for prizes ranging from $50-$500
 Submissions are due
Wednesday, May 7
at 3:00 p.m.
in University Hall 215
Coversheets & rules can be
found on the English Department’s
website & in UH 215
This contest is open to students from every
department and school within
Northwestern; please see the
English Department website for eligibility details.

Here’s your Sneak Peek of Fall 2014 Quarter Classes.

Here is your preview for Fall Quarter 2014 Classes. *

Remember this course listing is provided as a snapshot of classes that might be of interest to you as an SoC student and is not meant to substitute for the listings in CAESAR or consultation with your advisor.  In fact, there are often changes made on the CAESAR listings right up until registration and sometimes even after.  Additionally, not all pre-requisites have been listed for all classes because some course descriptions have not yet been posted.   So, take a look and see what interests you and then make sure to check the CAESAR listing to confirm the class details.

As always, if you have questions about your own degree progress or whether a class will count toward your major, minor, certificate or other additional program, make sure to check with your advisor. The advisor tab at the top of the Spotlight  blog page will take you to their email address and contact information!

Don’t forget: Pre-Registration for Fall Quarter 2014 begins on Monday, May 12th and ends Thursday, May 15th at 5:15 pm. Pre-registration and registration appointment times will be listed on your personal CAESAR account on Friday, May 9th, 2014.  Regular Registration is the week of May 19th, 2014.

* If  you click on the bookmark icon in the upper left corner of the pdf, you can easily navigate course topics.

Want to influence learning and teaching at Northwestern?

The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching has created a new role called an Undergraduate Student Associate.  The Associates would investigate areas of learning & teaching that are of interest to them, and help them to develop programs that engage both faculty and students (e.g. brownbag discussions) write for the Searle Center blog among other things.  

This is a great opportunity for students interested in teaching & learning or training – or any student who is really interested in the learning experience at Northwestern. 

Student Associate Flyer

Expo Program Cover Design Contest: May 11th Deadline

Every year the Office of Undergraduate Research prints hundreds of programs for the Undergraduate Research & Arts Expo. They are really nice quality, letter-size books with tabbed sections for content like a map and directory, as well as the student presenters’ project abstracts.

Design this year’s winning cover for a $100 prize! Specifications:

  • 8.5 x 11 Portrait
  • 300 dpi
  • PDF
  • Include the event title and date: Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition, June 2, 2014.

Submit your design(s) and contact information to Gretchen Oehlschlager at by midnight on May 11th, 2014. Must be a current Northwestern University undergraduate to win.



2013 Program Cover – Let’s get more creative in 2014!