Engaging Undergraduates

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The OUR hopes that you understand the crucial roles that you can play in helping undergraduates to engage in the University’s research mission, in addition to serving as a mentor for an undergraduate project.

In your role as a GTA, you can encourage undergraduates to explore their options for original work.You can also help to connect undergraduates to faculty whom they might not otherwise know. Both graduate students and post docs may decide to serve as a Graduate Research Consultant for one or more courses. There are also a variety of opportunities to contribute your expertise throughout the year in workshops and symposia organized by the OUR (such as teaching undergraduates how to prepare a talk or a poster, and offering advice to undergraduates on finding a research mentor and developing a summer fellowship proposal, in addition to advice about graduate school and career choices). If you have an interest in such “one-time” activities, please contact us at our@unc.edu.