OUR Newsletter: October 2, 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 News

• Other News, Events and Opportunities

• Make a Gift



On the Blogs

OUR Blog: Brandon Santiago talks about mentoring undergraduate researchers.

GRC Blog: Sarah Singer offers a reflection on autoethnography and undergraduate research.


OUR News

Community-Based Research Workshop
Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: Bingham 103

Do you plan to conduct research during your undergraduate career here at Carolina? Are you interested in investigating a community need through that research? In this interactive workshop, Professor Beth Moracco will lead a discussion about what is involved in doing research with human subjects, the principles and methodologies of community-based and community-based participatory research, and the kinds of research questions for which these methodologies would be appropriate. Come ready to talk about your interests and to brainstorm how to turn them into undergraduate research projects.  Cosponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service. Note: This workshop will count as a skills training for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program. You can download a flyer for our Fall 2014 events here.

Here's a University Gazette profile of 2009 SURF recipient Jakelin Bonilla. You can read about Bonilla's SURF project here

Read about the GRC program at The University of Kansas GRC program, which is modeled after UNC's.

The deadline for Spring 2015 GRC courses is December 5.



Other News, Events and Opportunities

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Program at the Department of Energy is now accepting applications for the 2015 Spring Term. The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers by providing research experiences at DOE laboratories. Applications are due October 7, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. You can read more here.

The McNair Scholars Program is hosting several information sessions. McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The program is designed to prepare students for graduate school. Get more information here.

There is a Call for Student Presentations for the 24th Annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) hosted by the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, February 10-11, 2015. Undergraduate and graduate students with projects in African, African American, Caribbean, and African Diaspora Studies are welcome to apply. Panel proposals are especially encouraged. Abstracts due by: October 27, 2014.

The 21st Psychology Undergraduate Conference will be held at NC A&T State University on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. The early registration deadline is October 17; final deadline October 30. Learn more about the various fields of psychology, as well as graduate school in psychology. You can also apply to present a poster;the deadline is October 23, 2014.

If you are a sophomore, you can apply for a George Barthalmus Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline is October 31, 2014.

This year the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) will be held at NC State on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Registration is now open, and the deadline to register is October 31, 2014.

Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee is accepting submissions for its sixth volume, to be published April 2015.

Are You Considering Grad School? Do You Have Questions? Located in Hanes Hall, Pre-Grad Advising will help you find answers to all of your questions related to grad school.  Among many things, we most frequently help students with questions on:

-The application process in general
-Researching and selecting graduate programs
-The GRE and other admissions exams
-Application essays
-Letters of recommendation and building relationships with faculty
-Gap years
-Understanding and researching funding options

To learn more about us and make an appointment, please visit our website.

Ideas for Action Competition: Has your research produced potential solution for a social problem? Consider the Ideas for Action Competition, the objective of which is to propose innovative ideas about financing the Post-2015 development agenda. Visit the website for more information. Deadline: December 22, 2014.


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