The McKearn Summer Research Fellows Program at Northern Illinois University is a distinctive summer academic enrichment and professional development program that includes three modules: (1) research/artistry design and effective writing skills; (2) leadership development; and, (3) civic, social and global engagement.
McKearn Fellows Program Objectives:
Leadership and Learning:
(1) Students will develop and understand their personal leadership and learning styles, assessing their strengths and weaknesses.
Research and Creative Problem-Solving:
(2) Students will create their own independent research projects, learning how to present different aspects of their research problems and processes to different audiences through a culminating showcase/conference at the end of the program.
(3) Students will be able to assess the potential and real impacts or implications of their projects and those of their peers on communities at various levels of civic organization.