OUR Newsletter
December 5, 2013

Note: This will be our final newsletter for 2013. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday break. Publication will resume in January 2014.

The Office for Undergraduate Research newsletter is published bi-weekly to share news about undergraduate research at UNC, relevant events, accomplishments of our students and faculty, and more.  For additional information, please visit our website or email us at our@unc.edu.

In this newsletter:

On the Blogs

OUR Blog: Check out these two blog entries by OUR student staff, one about courses that provide research experiences, and one about some of the resources that are available to undergraduate researchers.

Upcoming OUR Events

If you're thinking of applying for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, plan ahead to attend our second and final SURF Information Session:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
5:00-6:30 p.m.
FPG Student Union, Room 3408

In this workshop, you will hear from past Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) recipients about how they developed their successful proposals. There will also be a short presentation by the Writing Center on how to develop proposals. A representative from the Office of Human Research Ethics will also speak briefly about human subjects research. You will have the opportunity to talk with OUR staff about proposal design, and learn more about SURF Peer Writing Advisors who can give you valuable feedback on your proposal prior to submission.

GRC Program

Are you thinking of applying for a Graduate Research Consultant for your spring, Maymester or summer course?  The application deadline for Spring courses is December 12, and the application deadline for Maymester/Summer courses is January 27. Check out more information about the deadlines and application process.

OUR News

Congratulations to 2013 SURF recipient Sarah Bufkin, who has been awarded a Mitchell Scholarship for graduate studies in Ireland.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Call for Student Abstract Submission; deadline December 6, 2013

The Council on Undergraduate Research and NCUR2014 host University of Kentucky invite students to submit abstracts for posters, oral presentations, and creative and performing arts presentations.  NCUR is a multi-disciplinary conference for bright, motivated, and talented students, who come from all types of institutions, including research universities, community colleges, comprehensive universities, and private liberal arts colleges.  This conference is an opportunity for students to present research to peers, receive feedback from faculty form other institutions, network with graduate school representatives, and hear from inspiring plenary speakers.  Learn more.


Student Team Competition Program

NC Space Grant awards funding to undergraduate teams to help them participate in national competitions either sponsored or sanctioned by NASA or another STEM-related organization (NASA USLI, NASA Lunabotics, IEEE, Eco-Challenge, etc.). These competitions should be in the fields of science, engineering or mathematics, and complement the academic studies of the team members. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2013.

Summer Research Opportunities

You can apply to the DOE Scholars Program for funded summer research opportunities. Applicants must be US Citizens and undergraduates, graduates or post-graduates of an accredited college or university. The program is open to majors in: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physics, Business, Policy, Program Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Safety and Health, Accounting and Finance, Law, Communications, and other related areas. The deadline is January 12, 2014.

Project IMHOTEP is accepting applications for its eleven-week internship, which includes classroom training and research experience. This opportunity is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of student trainees in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health.  Interns  receive a $3,500 stipend, lodging, and travel to and from their site location and city of origin. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest archive of digital social science data, is now accepting applications for its annual summer internship program. The deadline to apply for this paid summer research experience is January 31, 2014.

The mission of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program is to provide students with a strong science research experience that may be pivotal in their undergraduate career, cultivate a passion for science, encourage the pursuit of graduate studies in the sciences, and stimulate interest in research and scientific careers. The deadline to apply for this paid summer research experience is February 3, 2014.

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) is accepting applications for its upcoming summer paid research internship.  The application deadline is February 7, 2014.  More details are available here.

The Summer Research Initiative at the University of Maryland is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields. The program includes an educational component as well as research experience. Students receive a stipend, housing and travel expenses.  The application deadline is February 14, 2014.

The University of Arizona Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium offers multiple summer programs to provide research experiences. Deadlines and stipends vary.

Publication Opportunity

Discussions: The Undergraduate Research Journal of Case Western Reserve University is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2014 issue. The submission deadline is January 17, 2014. You can read the submission guidelines here.


Give to OUR

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