OUR Newsletter: April 22, 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

Thank you to all those who attended the Celebration of Undergraduate Research on Monday! More than 200 undergraduate researchers presented their amazing work through panel and poster presentations.


The 2016 OUR Undergraduate Research Poster Award winners are:

• Kathryn Citrin (Biology) - Regulation of BMP-dependent Angiogenesis via SMAD7 and PMEPA1 Inhibitory Proteins

• Olivia Laspina-Williams (Psychology & Neuroscience) - Why the Reasons that Parents Give for Socializing Gratitude in their Children Matter

• Grace McLaughlin (Biology) - The Effects of Jellyfish Motion on Stratified Layers

• Callie Hood (Physics & Astronomy) - Detecting and Interpreting Faint Tidal Features around RESOLVE Galaxies

• John Ogunkeye (Psychology & Neuroscience) - Peer Accusations of 'Acting White': Longitudinal Effects on Minority Adolescents' Ethnic Identity and Depressive Symptoms

• Kaylyn Pogson (Biology) - Fabrication and Characterization of Drug Delivery Methods for Resiquimod

• Shauna Rust (Health Policy & Management) - Tobacco Marketing at SNAP and WIC Retailers in the Continental US

• Ian Tsun (Chemistry) - Determining the Role of BRD4 in the Cellular Response to Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors


Congratulations to all the graduating Carolina Research Scholars!


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 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 sessionsresearch symposiaskills-building workshopsevaluation workshopsSTEM-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 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.


EXPLORATIONS is the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina, celebrating the ingenuity, creativity and engaged learning being undertaken by undergraduates throughout the state. EXPLORATION is now accepting submissions of research papers, critical essays, and media of fine or creative arts endeavors. Submissions may be in any discipline. Faculty mentors must approve student submissions. Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2016. For more information, click here.


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.


The 2017 Hawaii University International Conferences welcome papers from all areas of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and related fields. The conference will be held from January 3-6, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference main objective is to provide a platform for researchers and academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development in their related fields. Application deadline: June 30, 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. 


Give to OUR

Would you like to provide support for the Office for Undergraduate Research?  You can make a gift here.