OUR Newsletter: November 12, 2015

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.

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OUR News

Dear Students and Colleagues:
I would like to let you know that OUR’s Associate Director, Dr. Donna M. Bickford, will be leaving UNC-Chapel. Her last day in the office will be November 25. Donna’s efforts over the past four years have been critical to OUR’s success. She has expanded the reach of the Office for Undergraduate Research through her oversight of the Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) program, her coordination of our Excel@Carolina initiatives, the expansion of our communication and social media platforms, and leadership of OUR’s student Ambassadors. We will greatly miss her and the enthusiasm and experience that she brought to OUR. Donna leaves us to take a position at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. We wish her the best of luck on this next stage in her career.

Krista Perreira, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Office for Undergraduate Research

Community-Based Research Workshop
Thursday, November 19, 2015
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union 3408

Do you plan to conduct research during your undergraduate career here at Carolina? Are you interested in investigating a community need through that research? In this interactive workshop, Professor Beth Moracco will lead a discussion about what is involved in doing research with human subjects, the principles and methodologies of community-based and community-based participatory research, and the kinds of research questions for which these methodologies would be appropriate. Come ready to talk about your interests and to brainstorm how to turn them into undergraduate research projects. Cosponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service. Note: This workshop will count as a skills training for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program.

Faculty Members:

• If you are planning to apply for a GRC for your Spring 2016 research-exposure  course, the deadline to apply is December 5, 2015. Note: we have a small amount of dedicated funding to support research-exposure courses dealing with the Food for All campus theme.

• The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University is hosting a conference on Excellent Practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research on July 24 – 25, 2016. You may be interested in attending or submitting an abstract (Deadline: November 15).

Congratulations to all the OUR students who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this year. Special congratulations to OUR Ambassador Amanda Kubic, who has been named vice-president for 2015-16.

OUR Blog: Rukmini Deva discusses her 2015 SURF project on silence in monastic communities.

GRC Blog: Elijah Gaddis writes about a First Year Seminar digital humanities project on lynchings in North Carolina.

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Other News, Events and Opportunities

Data Tools for the Classroom: Want your students to use data and statistics but think it's too complicated? This workshop will present a variety of tools and resources from very simple to more complex that will have them using data right away. Hosted by the Librarian for Numeric Data Services & Data Management in Davis Library and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Davis Library Room 246

If you're interested in community-based research, you may be interested in this event:
Community-University Partnerships and Environmental Justice
Sarah Hatcher, Ph. D.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Student Union, Room 2422
APPLES offers the Alumni Speaker Series to bring alumni back to Carolina to share their experiences after graduation. Come to this interactive seminar designed to explore the different approaches of community engagement, ranging from research studies that rely upon community organizations for participants to long-standing partnerships with community-driven and community-owned research. After overviewing the principles of community based participatory research and discussing the varieties of community-university partnerships and their applications through case studies, participants will apply their knowledge to hypothetical scenarios in which they will propose a community-university research or service partnership.This seminar qualifies as a skills training for Buckley Public Service Scholars program. RSVPs are recommended, but not required for attendance. Seating is limited. An RSVP will ensure participation in this event. RSVP online.

Here is a call for papers for the Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM) Fall 2016 special issue on Mentoring Undergraduate Research in the Professional Disciplines. Educators and students are invited to submit papers that explore the unique challenges and experiences of mentoring undergraduate research in these professional fields. Deadline for submission: February 1, 2016.

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