OUR Newsletter: January 14, 2016

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:

• OUR News

• Other News, Events and Opportunities

• Make a Gift


OUR News


Yesenia Merino, MPH, has just joined the OUR team as Outreach Coordinator. Yesenia is a current PhD student at UNC in the Gillings School of Global Public Health where she studies health issues related to social justice including implicit bias within health systems and community participation in health research. As a first-generation student and former undergraduate researcher herself, she is very excited to be a member of the team! For more information about her, click here.


Faculty teaching research-exposure courses may apply for Graduate Research Consultants (GRCs) to work with the instructor and the students during the concentrated period of the course when the students are planning, carrying out, and communicating their research. The deadline for faculty to apply for summer courses is January 27, 2016. For more information, click here.


The 11th Annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Conference will be held April 8-10, 2016, at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. This annual symposium showcases undergraduate research from ACC universities. Research from all disciplines is presented through performances, posters, or oral presentations. 


Every year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sends undergraduate students to represent the university by presenting their research. If you are interested in applying to represent UNC, please submit this form to our@unc.edu as an attachment no later than Monday, February 1. Most travel costs can be reimbursed. For more information, click here.



Other News, Events and Opportunities

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is now accepting applications for their Undergraduate Summer Analyst positions. Analysts will have opportunities for collaboration with other analysts and with employees from around the Bank. In addition to their daily responsibilities, analysts attend events and weekly presentations hosted by senior management. Deadline for submission: January 15, 2016.

Are you a second- or third-year student (“sophomore” or “junior”) with a leadership and public service record?  Do you have a commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment? The Udall Scholarship may be just for you! The award includes access to professionals, skill training, internship opportunities, plus up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses. Endorsement application submissions, including letters of recommendation, are due by January 26, 2016 at 5PM ET. Email ODS at ods@unc.edu with questions.

The online application is now open for the NIH/NIMHD-funded Latino Mental Health Research Training Program. The program will take place throughout the course of 11 weeks, and is comprised of an intensive one-week training seminar at USC, and a 10-week training program in Puebla México. Deadline for submission: February 1, 2016.

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.

Want to learn something like Japanese, Wolof, or Hindi? How about continue your Arabic study? Interested in a federal internship or job in your field afterwards? You can use the Boren Scholarship to study a language abroad! They also have special programs for STEM majors and ROTC students. Undergraduate students of all majors and language levels can apply independently by the final deadline of February 9, 2016 at 5PM ET. Email ODS at ods@unc.edu with questions, and follow ODS on Twitter at @ODS_UNCCH.

The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research. The goal is to prepare students for graduate studies at U-M. SROP participants work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Deadline for submission: February 10, 2016.

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is seeking outstanding upperclassmen to apply for the Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI). Fellows receive an opportunity to work for eight weeks (May 30- July 22, 2016) in an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education and a living expense stipend of $4,500 for undergraduate juniors or graduating seniors. Applications due March 1, 2016. Please submit questions by email to vmeyer@southerneducation.org.

The NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) is now accepting applications for summer 2016. In addition to full-time biomedical research opportunities, the NIH SIP provides career development opportunities for all summer interns, including workshops, courses, journal clubs and access to the OITE Career Services Center. The SIP application deadline is March 1, 2016, but students who apply early have an advantage.

UNC Advocates for MD-PhD Women in Science (AMPWIS) is currently accepting applications for its Undergraduate Mentoring Program. The Undergraduate Mentoring Program consists of two parts: 1) semesterly undergraduate information sessions and 2) one-on-one mentoring with current UNC MD-PhD students who have volunteered to serve as mentors.

Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) seeks motivated and talented undergraduate students interested in participating in a ten week full-time summer research program. Research opportunities in the fields of Marine Sciences, Geology, Geography, and Environmental Sciences are available. Previous research experience is not required. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program. To learn more and to apply, visit http://erp.unc.edu/idea-undergrad-research/


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