OUR Newsletter
February 6, 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: Read about Liz Tolleson's research on female cartoonists.

Upcoming OUR Events

Join us on Friday, February 14 from 10-12 for a workshop on Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning. The workshop will start with a panel of faculty talking about how they have used inquiry-based teaching in their courses, followed by breakout sessions designed for you to explore how you might embed inquiry-based learning and undergraduate research in your own courses. Co-sponsored by OUR and the Center for Faculty Excellence. Register here.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Are you planning to apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)? The deadline to submit your application is February 27, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. If you'd like to have the assistance of a SURF peer writing advisor, you must request one prior to February 20.

OUR News

Join the Office of Undergraduate Education at the February 7 conference on High Impact Carolina: Opening Doors to Transformative Learning Experiences. National experts Tia Brown McNair, Senior Director for Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at AAC&U, and Betsy O. Barefoot, Vice President for the John N. Gardner Institute, will give talks and you can also learn about the high-impact practices available to students at Carolina. Register here.

OUR is seeking a Graduate Assistant who can advise undergraduate students interested in research and who will serve as the OUR's webmaster and database administrator. In addition, the Graduate Assistant has a major role in coordinating the Celebration of Undergraduate Research, assists with the coordination of other events sponsored by the OUR, and manages communication in the OUR e-mail inbox. During the summer, the Graduate Assistant assists with the OUR's participation in orientation for incoming students and their families. As needed, the Graduate Assistant will also assist with general office duties, develop publicity materials, and help oversee work-study students assisting with web development and event planning. More information can be found here.

Are you planning to take a research-intensive course during Maymester/Summer School 2014? Apply for tuition support through our new Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses. The deadline to apply is April 11, 2014.

Summer Research Opportunities

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.

Undergraduate students are invited to apply to participate in a 10-week summer research program in environmental microbiology at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The deadline is February 14, 2014.

The Center for Global Initiatives announces the deadlines for the Vimy Global Team Award. Inspired by the adventures and pioneering spirit of UNC alumnus Peter McMillan ’81, the Vimy Award is given annually to one interdisciplinary team of students (Vimy Scholars) working collaboratively to pursue research or service projects outside the United States. Made possible by the Global Education Fund, up to $15,000 is provided to fund a summer team project abroad.  Actual award amounts vary depending on the scope of the project and clarity of the proposed budget. Initial application deadline: Wednesday, February 19, 2014. For full details, see the Vimy Award webpage.

The National Science Foundation is sponsoring a Summer Research Experience in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri to engage students in high quality research on topics in Physics: materials and modeling. The deadline to apply is March 1. 2014.

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

Give to OUR

Would you like to provide support for the Office for Undergraduate Research?  You can make a gift here.