OUR Newsletter: January 28, 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.

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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.


The Kenan Science Library Research Hub is excited to be offering a
Data Wrangling Workshop on Saturday, Feb 6 & 13, 2016, 9-5pm. The workshop is being taught by three Geological Sciences graduate students, Rebecca Rodd, Tim Ronan and Jesse Hill, and Library Data Analyst Matt Jansen. The workshop is open to all UNC faculty, staff and students who work with quantitative data (see promotional flyer) and are interested in learning R. No previous experience with R is required.

The workshop will include:

• Excel - Introduction to Excel for data
• OpenRefine - Cleaning and standardizing data
• R and RStudio - Data analysis and visualization
• SQL - Data management

All computer programs are available online for free as noted on the workshop sign-up. We are limiting the enrollment to 30. Click here to register.


The Stanford Undergraduate Research Association (SURA) is proud to announce that the application period for the Stanford Research Conference (SRC) has opened. This year’s conference is on April 15-17 in Stanford, CA and will be a national event, open to undergraduate applicants from across the country. Students from all major academic disciplines will have the opportunity to present their work and spend a weekend engaging with researchers from other colleges and universities. Applications are now open for submission and will be due on February 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM PST

SRC 2016 Flyer

Other News, Events and Opportunities

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.


The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a paid summer fellowship designed to increase the presence in graduate school and eventually in academic ranks of minorities and others who demonstrate a commitment to diversity. Students are expected to develop a 20-25 page research project under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor. Student fellows will receive a stipend of $3500, an allowance for meals of $1500 and a travel allowance up to $500 to cover the cost of transportation to and from Chapel Hill. Deadline for submission: February 5, 2016.


Columbia University Medical Center is now accepting applications for their Summer Program for Under-Represented Students (SPURS). SPURS is a pipeline program designed to train the next generation of health care professionals by exposing under-represented students to lab research. In addition to research, interns will participate in weekly seminars and workshops. The program provides a $4,000 stipend for living expenses. Deadline for submission: February 5, 2016To apply, click here.


The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award offers up to $3,000 to undergraduate and graduate students. It provides support to develop local or international community-based projects during the summer of 2016. Applications are due by Feb. 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.  For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.


The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship provides $1,250 to support undergraduate or graduate field study and engaged research in environmental areas at field sites, preferably abroad. Preference will be given to students in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program who are majoring in business, environmental or economics disciplines. Applications are due by Feb. 8. 2016 at 11:59 p.m. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.


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.


The Cleveland Museum of Art is accepting applications for a summer-term Warshawsky Fellowship for undergraduates. While specific projects may vary from summer to summer, fellows are generally placed within the Department of Education and Interpretation or in a curatorial area. Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of $3,000 for a 280-hour internship (June 1–July 20, 2016). Applications due by March 1, 2016. For more information, click here.


The Richard N. L. (“Pete”) Andrews Fellowship awards a rising junior majoring in public policy or environmental health sciences with a demonstrated interest in and dedication to policy-related research and/or service related to solutions for environmental challenges. The Fund will provide $500 for a student interested in working on environmental policy during the 2016 summer or during the 2016-17 academic year. The Andrews Fund Committee calls for letters of interest from eligible applicants to Mary Edwards at edwardmc@email.unc.edu. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2016. For more information, click here.


The 2016 Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium will be held at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. The Symposium provides undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research at a professional meeting. Presentations in any area of Social Science are welcome. The conference will kick off with an exciting keynote address at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Students whose papers are accepted will give a 10-12 minute presentation of their research on Friday, April 22. Application deadline: March 31, 2016. For more information, click here.


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/. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.


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