Strategies

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To achieve our vision, we offer the following programs and services:

Mentored Research Programs: Stimulate and fund opportunities for UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates to engage in mentored research with faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill and around the world.  See Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships and the Research Opportunities Database.

Instructional Programs for Undergraduates: Promote high quality undergraduate instruction to students through courses that expose undergraduates to different modes of inquiry (e.g. IDST 194, IDST 184), and encourage the development of opportunities for undergraduate engagement in innovative research, creative expression, and entrepreneurial endeavors (e.g., GRCs). See Classes and Graduate Research Consulting Program.

Instructional Programs for Faculty, Graduate Students, and Post-Doctoral Scholars: Facilitate training of faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students in inquiry-based teaching methods and engaged research scholarship.  See Workshops.

Program Evaluation and Analysis:  Analyze and synthesize current data on participation in undergraduate research across the university and present it in a user friendly format. See Data and Publications.

Outreach: Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and students throughout UNC-Chapel Hill and communicate results of research by undergraduates to the UNC-Chapel Hill and broader North Carolina communities. See OUR Ambassadors, OUR Department Liaisons, and Symposia.

Grant Development: Facilitate the development and administration of grants to promote mentored research with undergraduates and inquiry-based teaching methods (e.g., GRCs, flipped classrooms). See SMART, and Beckman Scholars Programs.

Fundraising: Create an endowment to improve the sustainability and financial independence of OUR’s research, instructional, and outreach programs. See Donors.