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 $12.50 per hour and work an average of 2 -5 hours per week.
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 2020 - 2021 Undergraduate Research Leaders!
Office Hours: Mondays 10 - 11am or make an appointment via email
Liaison to: College of Architecture + Planning, School of Business, School for Cultural & Social Transformation, Honors College, College of Humanities, College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Social & Behavioral Science, School of Social Work, and IRB Specialist
Kalli is a Junior pursuing a degree in Honors History and a minor in Economics. During her freshman year, Kalli conducted research on gendered representations of World War II nurses in film, and presented her findings at the University of Utah’s History Conference. Currently, she is conducting research on Utah women’s attitudes toward contraception during the 1960s and ‘70s through UROP, and is pursuing her honors thesis on the same topic. Kalli is on a pre-law track with plans to continue her education at law school. Kalli aspires to become a Civil Rights attorney representing oppressed and stigmatized groups whose rights and liberties have been systematically abused.
“As a humanities major, I often felt that research opportunities were exclusive to STEM students. But research in every discipline, including areas like history and English, are crucial to our understanding of the world and our ongoing progress as a society. Research in the humanities proves that we all have a shared experience which transcends race, gender, religion, and time. Conducting my own research has been so important to me, as I have been able to contribute just a little to the wealth of knowledge that brings us together.”
Claire is a Junior in the Honors College majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in mathematics. Claire started research her Freshman year and has completed a semester of UROP as well as participation in SPUR. Both of these research projects focused on peripheral nerve regeneration through the Department of Surgery. From these opportunities Claire has gone on to do research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Intelligence and Space Research group with a focus on satellites and thermal modeling. Claire hopes to go on to graduate school with a focus in aerospace mechanical design and optimization.
“Research has led me down many different paths all with a vast number of opportunities that I never would have dreamed of. I have been challenged and inspired with every new experience. Research has allowed me to expand my skills past that of a classroom and led me to my true passion.”
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 the URS. We will hold monthly 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 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; enrolled (part-time or full-time) during both semesters of participating in the program (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022); must have successfully completed at least one semester of UROP or SPUR; must have presented at the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium; must be willing and able to participate approximately 2 - 5 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
The deadline to apply for the 2021-2022 academic year will be Wednesday, March 31st. Please check back in Spring 2021 for the application form to open.