OUR Newsletter: February 25, 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

• Present Your Research

• Get Research Experience

• Make a Gift


OUR News


Congratulations to UNC Professor of Romance Languages, Rosa Perelmuter, for receiving a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the program she directs, the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)!!! For the full press release, click here.





The Internationalist Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs is seeking both editorial staff and submissions for the Spring 2016 publication deadline.

As a new initiative, The Internationalist is tasked with the purpose of officially publishing excellent examples of student research on global affairs. Though it is student-led, this journal is partnered with the Office for Undergraduate Research as well as academic departments such as Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense. As an interdisciplinary publication, it hopes to draw submissions relating to global affairs from varied subjects such as economics, religion, anthropology, international relations, and regional studies.

The Internationalist is seeking to build an editorial board and are taking applications for editors, design staff, a webmaster, and an outreach director. While prior experience in research is encouraged, the team is also scouting students talented in writing, social media, graphic design, and more. Applications for the editorial board can be found here.

If you have any concerns or questions please email the.internationalist.unc@gmail.com.







Present Your Research

2016 Student Data Visualization Showcase & Contest at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) is now accepting submissions. All UNC students who have produced data visualizations for research, education, or fun over the last year should consider submitting their best work. The top two presentation winners will receive an Amazon gift card, a chance to network with local industry professionals, and their work will also be exhibited in the library for the coming semesters. For more information, click hereSubmissions are due by Monday, March 7, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. If you have questions, just email the Jennifer Walker or Brenda Linares



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.


Get Research Experience


Applications are open for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, which provides first-generation AND low-income OR underrepresented minority students with an 8-week summer research internship (summer between junior and senior year), faculty mentorship, graduate school application and GRE preparation, professional training, exposure to cultural activities, and the opportunity to earn up to $5,000 in stipends. Deadline is February 26, 2016.


The UCSD Marine Physical Laboratory Science Internship Program is now accepting applications! Applicants should be inquisitive and motivated first, second or third year undergraduate students with a strong background in quantitative science with majors in Marine Science, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline is February 26, 2016.


The Minnesota Population Center is recruiting students for the MPC's Summer Diversity Fellowship program. The MPC Diversity Fellowship is designed to help recruit undergraduate and graduate students to work on its U.S. or international demographic data resources. This is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students, at any point in their career, who are interested in sharpening skills and exploring interests in quantitative data analysis, data processing, statistical software packages, and information technology and software engineering. Application deadline is February 29, 2016. 


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.eduApplication deadline is February 29, 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.


Penn State is now accepting applications for their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Climate Science. The REU Program in Climate Science is hosted by the Penn State Department of Meteorology and co-directed by Dr. Jon Nese and Dr. Ray Najjar.  The REU is a 10-week summer experience (May 26 - August 3, 2016) in which 8-12 undergraduates from other universities go to Penn State to conduct research. The REU Program is funded by the National Science FoundationApplications due by March 15, 2016.


Northern Arizona University offers an exciting and intellectually stimulating Summer Internship in Undergraduate Research into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion (SPC) in Flagstaff the summer of 2016. This summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed to offer qualified undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in all stages of psychological research. The program will take place June 4 - August 1, 2016. Applications due by March 15, 2016.




WakeMed Trauma Services is recruiting for a paid summer research assistant to support the evaluation and implementation of ongoing research studies. The program offers extensive opportunities for clinical exposure that will support and provide context for individual research projects. Applicants should have completed their sophomore or junior year. To apply: visit www.wakemed.org, click the Careers tab, and search requisition number 20166.


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) undergraduate information sessions each semester and 2) one-on-one mentoring with current UNC MD-PhD students who have volunteered to serve as mentors.



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