Undergraduate Research Leaders

The Office of Undergraduate Research launched the Undergraduate Research Leaders program in 2015. Each year, we select a small cohort of students to serve as ambassadors for our office. Students selected will be hired as hourly employees of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the rate of $10.00 per hour and can log hours as program needs require.

The Undergraduate Research Leaders will assist the office and promote undergraduate student research through several activities:

  • Office outreach on campus
  • Student recruitment
  • Student engagement
  • Peer advising
  • Program development
  • Small & Travel Grant Reviews

Meet our Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Leaders!

Jae Miner

Fridays 10:30 - 11:30am
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Jae Miner is a senior majoring in Anthropology, with minors in English and Book Arts. Through the UROP program, they designed and carried out a research project investigating the connection between identity and body in Queer/Disabled individuals. Jae is particularly interested in oral histories and in investigating disability across cultures, and hopes to pursue a career in anthropology as a researcher.

Asal Kareem

Mondays 11:00 - 12:30pm
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Asal's brief bio is coming soon.

Ellie Rasmussen

Wednesdays 2:15 - 3:15pm
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Ellie's brief bio is coming soon.

James Zhao

“Research has taught me priceless skills that are unobtainable just by attending every day classes and lectures. This ranges from basic lab etiquette to presenting research at various forums. Having the ability to identify a program, develop a solution, and then execute the solution is extremely valuable and has given me confidence in my pursuit as a healthcare provider. Applying and being a part of the UROP program connected me to resources and positions that I normally wouldn’t have looked or applied for.”
Tuesdays 11:40 - 12:40pm
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James Zhao is a junior majoring in Biology and is completing the pre-medical course load. James started research as a Junior in high school, working in Lisa Joss-Moore’s Pediatric Neonatology lab. His most recent research investigated the effects of Postnatal Growth Restriction on elastin variants in the rat lung. James’ lab wants to understand the mechanism behind lung development so that pathways of prevention or intervention may become possible. After his undergraduate, James plans to be in medical school where he will pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon.

Teddy Anderson

Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00pm
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Teddy's brief bio is coming soon.

Kiki Karahalios

Fridays 12:30 - 1:30pm
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Kiki's brief bio is coming soon.

Fadi Haroun

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00pm
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Fadi Haroun is a senior Biology major on a pre-medical track. Fadi transferred to the U in the Fall semester of 2017 having done one year of behavioral neuroscience research in his previous school. At the U, Fadi participated in the SPUR program which allowed him to have a full-time summer experience of research in breast cancer immunotherapy. He studied a novel immunotherapy treatment that could potentiate immune cells to fight off breast tumors and significantly increase tumor remission in cancer patients. Fadi is keeping an open mind as to what specialty he wants to pursue as a physician after gets into medical school.

Carly Shields

Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00pm
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Carly's brief bio is coming soon.

Deanne Yugawa

Wednesday 3:50 - 4:50pm
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Deanne's brief bio is coming soon.

Represent the OUR! Be influential on campus! Develop professional and leadership skills!

Participants in the Undergraduate Research Leaders program are absolutely crucial to the overall success and structure of the program and the OUR. Leaders will have many opportunities to represent the OUR both at campus events and in the classroom. Leaders will provide peer advising for students looking to get into any OUR programs and will be able to propose new outreach possibilities, as well as design and host additional events when beneficial to the program. UR Leaders will help with OUR events such as URS and UCUR. We will hold regular meetings to remain up to date on Leader efforts and achievements and to reflect on how to build/re-structure the program as necessary. Hours of participation are varied and flexible, depending on the demands of campus events. There are many opportunities to develop professional and leadership skills through participation in the program. The program offers Leaders a monthly professional development training based on direct feedback from current Leaders and the Leaders participate directly in the design and implementation of OUR programs.

Requirements for Undergraduate Research Leaders Applicants

Applicants must be matriculated University of Utah undergraduate students, not on academic probation, disciplinary probation, or suspension; attending school full-time (at least 12 credit hours) during both semesters of participating in the program (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019); must have successfully completed at least one semester of UROP; must have presented at the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium; must be willing and able to participate approximately 2 - 10 hours a week, with more hours during special campus events; must be personable and thoughtful; must be comfortable with public speaking and willing to attend campus events for the OUR.

How to Apply

Applications closed for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. Please check back Spring 2019.

Our Undergraduate Research Leaders Program was influenced by a program of the same name at the University of Washington. We are grateful to our colleagues at the University of Washington for inspiring us in the development of this program.