OUR Newsletter: April 7, 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

• Opportunities for Faculty

• Make a Gift


OUR News


 Join us for the

Celebration of Undergraduate Research!

The 17th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research at UNC-Chapel Hill will be held April 18, 2016, from 1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. The Recognition Ceremony will follow immediately after in the Union Auditorium. This event is free, open to the public, and registration is not required. 

Undergraduate students present research in all disciplines in concurrent poster and panel sessions. Students can also use the Celebration as an opportunity to meet potential faculty advisors and find out about research opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Come find out about the research that UNC undergrads are conducting and how to get involved in research yourself! For more information about the celebration, click here.






Interested in working with the Chancellor's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship during the 2016-2017 school year? Consider joining the Chancellor's Student Innovation Team (CSIT), the student branch of Innovate Carolina. Innovate Carolina works to strengthen UNC’s innovation ecosystem so it can meet the needs of faculty, students, staff, and community members as they translate their novel ideas into practical benefit and change the world. Each year members of CSIT work to identify and address key student needs through strategic projects that often spin out into independent student groups or get adopted by the UNC administration.

All rising juniors are also invited to apply for the Co-Director position on the Chancellor's Student Innovation Team. Applications are due Friday, April 8th, by 5:00 p.m. Apply here. If you have any questions, please contact Sean Petersen at seanp@unc.edu.


Present Your Research

The Internationalist Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs is seeking submissions for the Spring 2016 publication deadline. The editorial board encourages the submissions of final research papers, thesis excerpts, independent research projects, capstone pieces, and literature reviews written within the last year. Submissions criteria can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/qx4x55h

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


The Emory STEM Symposium brings undergraduates, graduate students and faculty advisors for presentations, networking, mentoring, and recruitment. Participants will include outstanding undergraduates intending to pursue the PhD or MD/PhD degree and graduate students seeking postdoctoral opportunities. Students are required to submit abstracts of their research for review by a selection committee. Application deadline: May 1, 2016. For more information, click here.




The Latina Researchers Conference is a multidisciplinary science meeting that brings together diverse scholars, evaluators and researchers to examine and address the underrepresentation of historically disadvantaged populations with advanced degrees. They are currently accepting proposals for poster sessions, research symposia, skills-building workshops, evaluation workshops, STEM-building workshops, and plática hoursDeadline for submission is April 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Cynthia E. Guzmán at Cynthia@LatinaResearchers.com.


The 2016 Appalachian Energy Summit is a 3-day conference encompassing discussion topics centered on improving current energy policies and practices in the nation. The Summit Poster Competition lends not only a competitive element to this engaging event but is also a platform for students to discuss their energy-related research. To begin the process of joining the next Appalachian Energy Summit, e-mail your resume to Cynthia Olsen at damoncl@appstate.edu and fill out the attendance application to be considered. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to e-mail them or call at (954)732-9613. Application deadline: June 3, 2016. For more information, click here.


Get Research Experience




A research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) in Research Triangle Park, NC. This research project will develop in vitro methods to describe cyanotoxin exposure and subsequent human health effects. The project will utilize in vitro assays which will include the use of human hepatocytes and colon cells. To find out more and apply for the position, click here.

Bayer Crop Science is interested in hiring undergraduate temporary researchers for 3+ months starting this summer. They are seeking highly motivated, goal-oriented trainees from the undergraduate level through recent PhD grads in biochemistry, entomology, nematology, plant pathology, microbiology, or related areas. If you are interested in any of these opportunities please email your resume and a letter of interest to Dr. Elyse Rodgers-Vieira at elyse.rodgers-vieira@bayer.com.


Opportunities for Faculty

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is now accepting applications for a Proposal Writing Institute to be held August 4-8, 2016 in Pomona, CA. This Institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The four-day institute will consist of one-on-one work with a mentor, writing, small group discussions, and critiquing of proposals. Applicants must submit a one to two paragraph outline of their proposal and the name of the intended funding agency and/or program in the online application. This will help us determine how we can best support their proposal efforts. If you have NOT identified a funding source and begun writing a draft proposal, you should NOT participate in this Institute as it is geared for writing and revising draft proposals. Application Deadline: Friday, June 17, 2016. For more information, click here. 


The Carolina Firsts Advocate Training to Support First-Gen College Students, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Retention and the Diversity and Student Success Program is a great opportunity for faculty and graduate students to learn more about how to provide support to first generation college students. The event will be held Monday, April 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Graduate Student Center. Through an interactive discussion, participants will explore the experiences of first generation college students in the University environment. Register by Friday, April 15, 2016 via the RSVP link so we’ll prepare enough materials. For more information, contact Carmen Huerta-Bapat at chuerta@email.unc.edu.



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