OUR Newsletter: February 5, 2015

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• OUR News

• Other News, Events and Opportunities

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On the Blogs

OUR Blog: Read about undergraduate field research in Archaeology.

GRC Blog: Join us for a workshop on Involving Undergraduates in Engaged Research.


OUR News

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Are you planning to apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship? The deadline is February 26.

Join us for Introduction to Oral History, cosponsored by the Office for Undergraduate Research and the Southern Oral History Program on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:00-6:30 p.m., in Graham Memorial Room 039.  Are you interested in oral history for a class paper or thesis project? Do you want to interview people but aren't sure where to begin or what are productive approaches? On February 5 from 5-6:30pm in Graham Memorial Room 039, Evan Faulkenbury from the Southern Oral History Program will give a free workshop on the basics of oral history. You will learn about the do's and don'ts of oral history and, by the end, you will feel confident enough to conduct your own interviews with anyone.

Join OUR and the Carolina Center for Public Service on Friday, February 13 for Involving Undergraduates in Engaged Research. A faculty panel will share their experiences working with undergraduate researchers through embedding research in courses, advising and mentoring students on independent projects and/or supervising them as research assistants or interns. Faculty panelists include Frank Baumgartner (Political Science), Barbara Friedman (Journalism and Mass Communication) and Daniel Rodriguez (Center for Sustainable Community Design, Institute for the Environment); the moderator is OUR Associate Director Donna Bickford. Sign-in and refreshments at 8:45; panel discussion 9-10:30 in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall. Please register.

Check out this video about UNC's First Year Seminar program, which features some of our GRC Faculty.


Other News, Events and Opportunities

UNC Faculty: Here is a Call for Applications for the 2015 University of North Carolina Instructional Innovation Incubator (i3@UNC), a summer workshop and fellowship program for developing new online and blended courses that improve learning outcomes and expand educational opportunities for North Carolinians. The deadline is March 15, 2015.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP): Are you looking for a summer internship that will help prepare you for graduate school in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts? Are you willing to devote yourself full-time to that goal during ten weeks this coming summer? Are you a sophomore or junior and a permanent resident or citizen of the US?  If you answered yes to all these questions, you qualify to apply to our program. The applications for our summer 2015 program (May 24-July 30, 2015) will be available on our website beginning on November 3, 2014. The deadline for submissions is February 6, 2015.

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting applications for the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship, which provides $1,250 to support undergraduate or graduate field study and engaged research in environmental areas at field sites, preferably abroad. Preference will be given to students in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program who are majoring in business, environmental or economics disciplines. Applications for the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship are due by Feb. 9.

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation offers paid Summer Research Opportunities at multiple institutions. The deadline for applications is February 10, 2015.

You can attend an information session for The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) with Associate Director LaRose M. Davis on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 4 p.m. at the Stone Center Suite 305. IRT addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study.IRT offers an Intern Program, which is a tuition-free, four-week summer residential training program to help students achieve the best possible results in applying to the graduate school(s) of their choice. It also offers an Associate Program that does not require a four-week stay but where students may benefit from the other components of the program.

The McNair Scholars Program is accepting applications. 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 undergraduate students for doctoral studies. Information sessions are scheduled for January 21 and February 10; the deadline to apply is February 27, 2015.

Are you interested in conducting research with NASA? Read more here about research internship opportunities. The deadline for summer opportunities is March 1.

You can apply for a Vimy Global Team award for a summer group research project. The deadline is March 2, 2015.

There is a paid summer research internship opportunity at the Oklahoma State University REU Site: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2015.

The Science Enrichment Program is an eight-week, honors-level academic enrichment program that targets first-generation, underrepresented minority, rural, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged undergraduate students (rising sophomores and juniors) who seek admission into graduate/health professional programs. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2015.

There is an NSF REU available at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas that focuses on Mechanisms of Evolution. The application deadline for the Summer 2015 REU program is March 6, 2015.

There is an NSF REU at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology that focuses on metallurgy and materials science. The application deadline is March 13, 2015.

Are you interested in undergraduate research in philosophy? Watch for more details on the 2015 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute.


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