OUR Newsletter
April 3, 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 our recent workshop on How to Create an Effective Poster and learn how to participate in the OUR Social Media Challenge.

GRC Blog: Be inspired by Suzanne Gulledge's ideas about how to leverage the Celebration of Undergraduate Research for your classes.

Celebration of Undergraduate Research

The Fifteenth Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research symposium is Monday, April 14, 2014 from 1:00-3:15 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Students will present their research at the poster session and in talks during the platform sessions. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the rich variety of research in which Carolina undergraduates are engaged.

An awards ceremony follows at 3:30 p.m. where we will honor Carolina Research Scholars, recipients of the Graduate Student Mentoring Award, and graduating OUR Ambassadors. Please join us!

Upcoming OUR Events

It's not too late to register for tomorrow's Inquiry-Based Teaching workshop, scheduled for Friday, April 4, from 10-12 in Graham Memorial 039. Register here.

OUR News

Please welcome our new graduate assistant, Beth Fischer. Beth joins OUR with several years of experience helping undergraduates with original research in art history and medieval history. She has a passion for helping facilitate and publicize research at all levels, with previous work as a Communications Specialist for a healthcare non-profit, Editor-in-Chief of an online graduate Medieval Studies journal, and e-book designer for independent authors. Beth's own research focuses on the depiction of space in early medieval manuscripts, as well as the connections between medieval manuscripts and modern websites.

Here's an article from the College of Arts & Sciences about the inaugural McCain African and Diaspora Student Undergraduate Research Conference, which included presentations by 2013 SURF recipient Olivia Dorsey and 9 other undergraduate students, and brief comments by OUR Associate Director Donna Bickford.

We've created a GRC Interest Database. If you're a graduate student interested in serving as a Graduate Research Consultant, please register. If you're a faculty member recruiting a GRC, here are some options.

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.

Other News, Events and Opportunities

GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics Conference
April 5, 2014 | FedEx Global Education Center, UNC  

Adding a global dimension to your academic career? Before you pack your bags and jet set off to explore this complex world, learn about what it means to go abroad, whether you’re traveling, studying, conducting research or serving the global community. To navigate through this complex system, the GO! Initiative, a daylong conference on global culture and ethics, will give you the opportunity to explore cultural contexts, build realistic expectations and anticipate ethical issues. Hear about challenges students faced, network with Carolina’s international community and gain hands-on skills from workshops and seminars led by expert faculty and staff. Registration is open and the conference is free - breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) Data Science is pleased to give students the opportunity to present their research posters at its NCDS Data Innovation Showcase on Thursday, May 21, 2014 at RENCI: The Renaissance Computing Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. The Student Poster Session will give students in data science, informatics, information science, and related fields the chance to highlight their work. This CFP is open to current graduate and undergraduate students at NCDS member academic institutions. This includes UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University, UNC Charlotte, Texas A & M University, North Carolina A & T, and Drexel University. The deadline to submit is April 28, 2014. You can find more information here.

Neurogenesis, a journal for undergraduate neuroscience research, is accepting submissions for its fifth edition. This journal features interdisciplinary submissions around the world and is meant to be a platform through which undergraduates can share their original works with other budding neuroscientists and experience the scientific revision process for journal submissions. If you're interested in submitting, read more here. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ha Tran

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