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Graduate Dean's Research and Creative Activities Assistantship, 2018-2019

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The College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) and the Research and Creative Activities Advisory Group are pleased to announce the Spring 2019 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 semester. Each award will include one course tuition waiver per term, 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.

The awards will be contingent on available funding. 

Due date for applications: Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, by 11:59 p.m.
Award period: Spring 2019 (January-May, 2019).

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)

Shayne Pepper 

Chair and Associate Professor, Communication, Media and Theatre, Chair, Advisory Committee on Awards 

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

Professor Emerita of Psychology

Mary Thill 

Reference Coordinator and Humanities Librarian

Lisa Wallis 

Acting Dean of Libraries, eResources & Systems Librarian, Associate Professor

Shedeh Tavakoli

Chair and Associate Professor,  Counselor Education  

Jen Banas 

Associate Professor and Community Health Program Coordinator, Health Sciences and Physical Education  

Sharon Todd

Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

Nont Dhiensiri

Associate Dean, Accounting Business Law and Finance, Associate Professor

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)

Emina Stojkovic

Associate Professor, Biology 

Please contact with any questions about this new assistantship opportunity.

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