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Posner Fellowship

Meaningful connections and impactful research

The Posner Fellowship Program gives students in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences the opportunity to engage in summer research projects under the guidance of Northwestern faculty. Research opportunities are available in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and math, and students who are among the first in their family to attend college or who attended high schools with limited AP offerings are especially encouraged to apply.

Profiles in Mentorship

Kevin Russell and Alvin Tillery

Prof. Alvin Tillery and Kevin Russell

If it weren’t for Professor Alvin Tillery’s presidential perceptions project, Kevin Russell may never have discovered the world of opportunity in political research.

Read about data as a launching pad

Prof. Rachel Riedl and Kathleen Nganga

Drawn to Northwestern for its emphasis on addressing inequality, Kathleen Nganga was able to dive deep into African politics with Professor Rachel Riedl.

See how their research evolved

Kathleen Nganga and Rachel Riedl
Jennah Thompson-Vasquez and William Leonard

Prof. William Leonard and Jennah Thompson-Vasquez

Jennah Thompson-Vasquez didn’t know human metabolism could be a part of anthropology. With Professor Bill Leonard’s guidance, she’s now presenting on the topic at a national conference.

Learn how “Bones” led to biological anthropology

Prof. Julia Stern and Kori Cooper

Professor Julia Stern knew early on that Kori Cooper was exceptional. A shared interest in a famous film sparked further collaboration and a lasting bond.

See how mentorship became friendship

Kori Cooper and Julia Stern

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The Posner Fellowship Program is open to undergraduates in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. It began with a seed grant from the Davee Foundation secured by Northwestern alumnus Charles Stern ’52. Soon after, the program was, and still is, supported by the generous contributions of alumnus and Board of Trustees member Brian Posner ‘83.

Published: March 07, 2017. Updated: February 07, 2019.

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