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Undergraduate Research Newsletter

October 2021

University Research Week 2021
More than 25 events are already scheduled for University Research Week 2021, which will take place November 8-12. The 2021 theme is “Research Perseveres,” and we will highlight the impressive achievements and successes our researchers and students have made throughout a time of adversity and challenges. One of the week’s signature events is The Health of Our State and Beyond, a virtual series of presentations from interdisciplinary teams of UNC researchers who have come together to solve major societal issues. Additionally, many schools and departments will host lectures, symposiums, awards ceremonies, and information sessions about getting involved in research.Click here for the current schedule of events.
Click here for a 90-second preview video about University Research Week.There’s still time to be include on the University Research Week schedule of events! Campus partners who would like to host an event during University Research Week can fill out this form to be included in campus-wide promotions.
Upcoming Workshops for Undergrads
We have a great lineup of more than a dozen popular and informative workshops and info sessions this fall to help you learn more about undergraduate research, how to find opportunities, how to network with faculty, and more. We’ll hold a mix of online and in-person options.Upcoming workshops:
Networking with OUR Ambassadors (Oct. 13)
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Info Session (Oct. 18)
Getting Involved in Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Oct. 19)
Carolina Research Scholar Info Session (Oct. 27)
Research and Study Abroad (Nov. 8)
For a full list, see our Events page.Space is limited for some workshops so sign up now!
State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS)

Colleges, universities and community colleges in North Carolina host a symposium each year to showcase N.C. undergraduate student research and creative work. SNCURCS provides undergraduate scholars in all fields a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances, and works of art. The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), Elon University, Catawba College, and Livingstone College are co-hosting the live virtual event on Nov. 13, 2021 with a preview day on Nov. 12, 2021.

Have you worked with a faculty mentor on a research project? Have you created a work of art under the direction of a faculty mentor? Have you written a research essay that you would like to publish in an undergraduate journal? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then SNCURCS is the place for you! Talk to your faculty mentor about attending SNCURCS, and then submit an abstract. Once your abstract is submitted, you will prepare your presentation and upload it before the event. Then, it’s time to share your work with an appreciative audience!

If you’re interested in seeing what undergraduate researchers are doing in our state, but you aren’t ready to present your own work yet, you can still attend. Abstract submissions for this year’s event will be accepted September 13 – October 15, 2021. Details and submission forms here

McNair Scholars Program at UNC: Changing the Face of Academia

Established at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009, the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRiO Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for Doctoral Studies through involvement in research and other Scholarly Activities. McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds, or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education who have demonstrated strong academic potential and are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Scholars receive up to $5,000 to complete a Summer Research Program and apply for Graduate Schools. To lean more about the program, visit

Program Benefits:

  • Educational Planning and Advising
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Faculty Mentorship
  • Summer Research Program
  • GRE Preparation
  • Participate in National Research Conferences
  • GRE Fee and Graduate Application Waivers
  • Earn up to $5,000 over the course of the McNair Program

Sophomore (2024) – Priority Deadline December 1, 2021
Junior (2023) – Apply Now! Priority Deadline November 1, 2021

OUR Ambassadors Office Hours 
The Office for Undergraduate Research has more than 40 peer Student Ambassadors from a variety of majors who are available to talk about their research and how to get involved in research on campus. Undergrads can read more about these Ambassadors and sign up for office hours with them to connect and learn more about getting involved on the OUR Ambassadors page.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
It’s never too early to start thinking about Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships! These fellowships provide up to $3,000 for students to engage in undergraduate research, scholarship, or performance for at least nine weeks, with a minimum of 20 hours/week required during the summer. SURF projects must be carried out under the supervision of a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty research advisor. The deadline for applying for summer 2022 SURF funding is February 1, 2022Click here for more details and to access the application.If you have any questions about SURF awards please contact Dr. Boots Quimby.
Become a Carolina Research Scholar
The Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) fosters and expands engagement in undergraduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CRSP builds an undergraduate community based on research, scholarship and inquiry-driven learning. It also serves as a framework to guide students in navigating the process of designing and pursuing mentored research, scholarship or creative performance, communicating their discoveries and findings to the larger community, and sharing their experiences with others. Carolina Research Scholars who successfully meet the requirements are recognized for their contributions to UNC’s intellectual and cultural climate with the “Carolina Research Scholar” transcript designation. To learn more about program requirements, visit the CRSP page of the OUR website.
Faculty: Graduate Research Consultants for Spring 2022 Classes
Want to introduce an authentic research experience/project into one of your courses this Spring and/or transform your course into a Research and Discovery course in preparation for the new Ideas in Action curriculum?  Apply for a Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) to help.  A GRC can provide faculty and classes invaluable support by guiding students through a faculty-designed research project from beginning to end. They can help students learn particular research methodologies and be available for consultation throughout the semester. There is additional funding for the GRC program for Spring 2022 through the Higher Education Relief Funds (HERF). Deadline for applications for Spring 2022 GRCs is Monday, November 1st.  Find out more about the GRC program and apply here or contact Boots Quimby.
Questions About Research?

Click here to learn more about how to get involved in research, or make an appointment with an OUR staff member (Dr. Bob Pleasants or Dr. Boots Quimby) to ask questions and to chart your next steps. We love talking with students!



Previous newsletters:

September 2021
August 2021
April 2021 Special CUR Update
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
November 2020
UNC OUR University Research Week 2020 Special Edition (October)
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
April-May 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
Late August / September 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
March 2019

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