Opportunities & Courses

University Research Week

Save the date! University Research Week 2019 will take place November 4-8, 2019.

University Research Week is an annual, campus-wide event designed to improve awareness of what it means to be a research university, align the University’s missions of producing world-class research and providing a world-class undergraduate education, and promote opportunities for students to discover and engage in research and scholarship. In support of this week-long effort, departments are encouraged to coordinate department-specific activities such as research interest group meetings; workshops for faculty and students to network and foster new research opportunities; symposia highlighting faculty and student research and scholarship; and tours of laboratories and other research facilities. In addition, faculty are encouraged to take 15-20 minutes during a class that week to discuss their own research with undergraduate students.

Please contact Bob Pleasants if you have ideas or questions regarding sponsoring activities or events during this year’s University Research Week.

Click here for last year’s University Research Week 2018 Schedule.

During the 2018 Research Week, OUR sponsored a symposium on The Environment with short talks from the following speakers:

  • Theo Dingemans, professor of applied physical sciences, and the Creativity Hub project, “Sustainable Access to Safe Water.”
  • Steve Walsh, Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor of Geography and director of the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies.
  • Rachel Willis, professor of American studies, whose research focuses on global freight transportation planning for climate change in port cities.
  • Barbara Turpin, professor and chair of the department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Click here for more information on the featured speakers.

The symposium also included posters from the following students:

  • Morgan Korzik (Biology). Morgan will be presenting research from the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences: Seafood Forensics
    Instructors: Dr. John Bruno (Biology and Marine Sciences) and Dr. Blaire Steinwand (Biology)
  • Meredith Emery (Studio Art). Chapel Hill, North Carolina Watersheds: The Visual Language of Environmental Degradation. Advisor: Mr. Yun-Dong Nam (Art and Art History)
  • Louise Lindegaard (Chemistry, Geography) and Griffin Barnes (Chemistry, Romance Languages). Synthesis of Organic Hole-Transport Materials for Perovskite Solar Cells. Advisor: Dr. Theo Dingeman (Applied Physical Sciences)
  • Jintong Wu (Environmental Sciences). UNC Summer Study Abroad in Galapagos, Ecuador (2018) documentary. Instructors: Dr. Rachel Willis (American Studies) and Dr. Greg Gangi (Clean Technology and Innovation)
  • Emily Solomonson (Environmental Studies). Galápagos Science Center: An International Partnership for Science, Health, & Education. Advisor: Dr. Stephen Walsh (Geography).

If you’re interested in using social media to promote University Research Week, please use the following prompts for the selected hashtags, which are #URWUNC and #WhyResearchUNC.

Purpose: To be inclusive of all members of campus
Prompt: Share activities, events, and what is happening by using #URWUNC hashtag.
Any medium welcomed.

Purpose: To be Inclusive of all members of campus and the those served by UNC.
Prompt: Share your ideas, thoughts, personal motivation, and pride for your school, work, and life by using #WhyResearchUNC hashtag.
Any medium welcomed.