OUR Newsletter
April 17, 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: Were you interested in the undergraduate research presented at the Celebration? Here's an opportunity to see more undergraduate research all year long at the Undergraduate Library.

GRC Blog: Stay tuned for more about our GRC courses.

Celebration of Undergraduate Research

We hope you enjoyed the Fifteenth Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research symposium on Monday, April 14, 2014. Thanks to the undergraduate researchers who shared their work, and the faculty and graduate student mentors who supported them. We were especially pleased that Chancellor Carol Folt and Provost Jim Dean were able to make time to join us and talk with some of our amazing undergraduate researchers.

If you'd like to read more about the Celebration, see here, here, and here.

OUR News

Thanks to the College of Arts and Sciences for this video highlighting the research of HHMI Future Scientist and Clinician Judith Mendez.

Congratulations and welcome to our incoming 2014-5 Ambassadors:

Lauren Askew
Jordan Bishop
Sarah Cooley
Clark Cunningham
Sarah Faircloth
Angela Guo
Blake Hauser
David Joyner
Sloane Miller
Rizul Naithani
Sam Resnick
Larry Zhou

They'll be joining our continuing Ambassadors Emily Cerciello, Layla Quran, and Jay Zhang to provide advice and guidance to undergraduates interested in research opportunities and to help us continue to grow the culture of undergraduate research here at Carolina. Watch for their profiles on the Ambassador page later this spring.

Congratulations to graduating OUR Ambassador Keia Faison, who will be spending the summer at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine Summer Program for Future Doctors.

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.

Graduating seniors, are you considering how to direct your Senior Class Gift? We would be honored if you'd consider supporting us so we can continue to grow access to undergraduate research opportunities.

Other News, Events and Opportunities

As part of the 2014 Appalachian Energy Summit the Appalachian Energy Center announces a Call for Student Poster Abstracts for the 2nd Annual Appalachian Energy Summit Poster Contest. Submit an abstract on your energy-related research project by April 25, 2014. Up to four students from each of the 17 University of North Carolina campuses will be selected to present their posters in the 2nd annual Energy Summit Student Poster Contest. The selected students will be invited to attend and participate in the working sessions of the 2014 Appalachian Energy Summit. Housing and meals will be provided. This opportunity will enhance the Appalachian Energy Summit, provide visibility for student research and projects, and help students develop skills as professional presenters.

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.

If you are ready to consider publishing your undergraduate research, talk with your faculty mentor about submitting to EXPLORATIONS: the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina. The deadline for submissions to EXPLORATIONS is June 1.

Fine Focus is the first ever peer-reviewed print and online journal dedicated to showcasing the research of undergraduate students, internationally, in all fields of microbiology. Fine Focus is published twice each year – in January and July.  Manuscripts are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for each volume, the submission deadlines are Sept. 30 (for January publication) and April 30 (for July publication).

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

Give to OUR

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