The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is dedicated to providing opportunities for undergraduates to engage in hands-on learning. Through OSEEL's undergraduate research, service projects, themed learning communities, and other high impact practices, NIU students will develop critical thinking, use creativity, and employ multiple communication strategies while applying their skills to real-world problems. As an outgrowth of the Curricular Innovations strategic plan, OSEEL works collaboratively across university divisions and colleges to create sustainable, relevant, student-centered, research-based programming which utilizes experiential learning, both in and out of the classroom to promote and sustain student academic success.

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  • Final Report: Tanzania 

    Melara, Candy V. -- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-08)
  • SEF Narrative 

    Mogan, James R., 1988-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-05-04)
  • 3D Printed Maps for People with Visual Impairments 

    Mendez, Matthew W., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-05-04)
    Although many advances in turn-by-turn, GPS-enabled guidance for people with visual impairments have been made in the last decade, research suggests that map-based learning significantly improves long-term spatial memory ...
  • Studying potential new physics with production pair of Higgs boson 

    Kral, Derek C., 1989-- (Northern Illinois University, 2017-05)
    Over the course of this semester, I have dedicated time to this wonderful opportunity provided by my mentor along with the Student Engagement Fund to gain more experience with computers, the culture, and learn more about ...
  • Granular Flow in a Conveyor System 

    Krupiarz, Kamila A. (Northern Illinois University, 2017-05-05)
    Uniformity of granular flow behavior is critical in many industries. The behavior in a conveyor apparatus aims to fill a gap in knowledge of achieving uniformity in mass flow rate by correlating velocity profile data with ...
  • Culturing Glioblastoma Cancer Stem Cells 

    Maas, Rebecca D., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2017-05-05)
    Glioblastoma multiforme is a malignant tumor that grows in the human brain. Patients diagnosed with Glioblastomas (GBM) require very extensive and invasive treatment that includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. ...
  • The Social Roots of Genocide: The Bosnian Genocide 

    Holt, Matthew W., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2017-05-05)
    Genocide is often claimed as a a top down action of political violence. This report does not contest that, but moreover focuses on the social interactions at the individual level that encouraged crimes including, but not ...
  • Analyzing impacts of wallows on prairie plant communities 

    Wagner, Nicole A., 1987-- (Northern Illinois University, 2017-05)
    Bison play a key role in maintaining prairies by creating natural disturbances through trampling, grazing and wallowing that shape plant communities. Wallowing can aid prairies, through seed dispersal and soil enrichment, ...
  • DeKalb County Community Gardens and Food Security Project 

    Nowakowski, Marissa (Northern Illinois University, 2017-05)
    This project is about the food security insecurities throughout DeKalb.
  • Targeting GLI3 in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma 

    Ibarra, Gabriela (Northern Illinois University, 2017-05)
    Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is an aggressive lymphoma that is further subdivided into activated B cell (ABC) and germinal center B cell (GCB) like subtypes. Each subtype responds to therapy in different ways and ...
  • Green Team Communications 

    Sneyd, Megan, M., 1994-- (Northern Illinois University, 2017)
    Information about NIU's sustainable practices is not widely available, leaving much of the NIU community unaware of the progress being made by NIU. By reworking the NIU Sustainability website and by releasing press articles ...
  • Attitudes about Women, Sexuality, and Abortion 

    Xoxakos, Phoebe; Klement, Kathryn R.; Sagarin, Brad J. (2017)
    Abortion currently and throughout history, has been a wide-spread, controversial topic, though one in three women will obtain abortion services by the time they are 45 (Guttmacher Institute, 2014). Even after the U.S. ...
  • Quantifying the Ecosystem Services of Dung Beetles in a Restored Tallgrass Prairie 

    Whiston, Peyton I., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2017-04-27)
    Humans are highly dependent upon functional ecosystems for a wide variety of goods and services, known as ecosystem services. Through the decomposition of dung, dung beetles provide an ecosystem service valued at US$380 ...
  • Assessing Food Security at NIU- Preliminary Findings 

    Williams, Lexie A (Northern Illinois University, 2017-04-25)
    Food insecurity at the college and university-level is an issue that has been largely overlooked. Until recently, Northern Illinois University was only able to provide support to students who were experiencing a food crisis ...
  • Identifying Predictors of Congressional Incivility: An Individual-level Analysis 

    Casas, Nicholas, 1995-- (Northern Illinois University, 2017-04-25)
    This research explores what background characteristics are more closely associated with uncivil acts by members of Congress, while serving in Congress. Put differently, the research seeks to identify biographical attributes ...
  • Deposit instructions for URAD projects 

    Schumacher, Jaime L., 1976-- (Northern Illinois University, 2017-02)
    This is an instructional guide created for NIU students to describe the process for depositing their Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day Projects into Huskie Commons.
  • Behavioral approach and fear moderates the relationship between insensitive/intrusive parenting and early language development 

    Richier, C.J., 1992-- (2016-12)
    Early language development has been implicated in a variety of other critical developmental outcomes making it important to understand contributors to the emergence of early language. Although still understudied, there is ...
  • Vision System for Round Ground Metals 

    Woodall, Matthew (Northern Illinois University, 2015-05)
    This project consists of the design and development of a quality control vision system. Round Ground Metals produces small diameter Swiss screw machine quality stainless steel bars that will acquire various defects on them ...
  • Visualizing Chiropractic Motion Palpation Techniques 

    Woodall, Melissa (Northern Illinois University, 2015-05)
    My research and artistry project involved the creation of two educational posters showing different manipulations that are involved with motion palpation, a chiropractic technique used to diagnose and treat patients. The ...
  • Docking of MetAP 1 for Inhibitor Candidacy 

    Wong, Aida Yukie (Northern Illinois University, 2015-05)
    MetAP 1 is a widespread enzyme found in Rickettsia prowazekii, a gram-negative bacteria that causes typhus and other diseases. As such, it is critical to find active sites of MetAP 1 on Rickettsia prowazekii in order to ...

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