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 the Summer 2017 Undergraduate Research Leader

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Mohan Sudabattula is a junior triple majoring in honors in biology, honors philosophy and honors health, society and policy with a minor in chemistry. Mohan is working on several research projects with his respective majors. He first started his research in the department of biology/biochemistry under Dr. David Belnap studying the world’s smallest known virus—the Satellite Tobacco Mosaic Virus (STMV)—with the goal to understand the asymmetric protein capsid structure through electron imagining techniques and the use various 3D modeling programs. His other research interests lie both within the realms of political philosophy and international health. After graduation, Mohan plans to pursue a joint graduate degree in both law and medicine to further his understanding of the crossovers of law and medicine. As an Undergraduate Research Leader, Mohan wants to help fellow students find what they are passionate about. “Getting involved with UROP has opened up so many doors for me. The University of Utah has so many great opportunities to get involved with research and I really want to show others the joy of studying what you love outside the classroom,” he said.

Mohan has Peer Advising Walk-in Hours Thursdays from 12 - 1 pm in Room 005 of the Sill Center.  Feel free to drop by or email to make an appointment with Mohan. 

 

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 2017 and Spring 2018); 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.

The deadline to apply to be an Undergraduate Research Leader in the 2017 - 2018 academic year has passed. Check back in Spring 2018 for the next round of applications. 

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.

 
"Getting involved with UROP has opened up so many doors for me. The University of Utah has so many great opportunities to get involved with research and I really want to show others the joy of studying what you love outside the classroom."

Mohan Sudabattula

Mohan is a junior triple majoring in honors in biology, honors philosophy, and honors health, society & policy with a minor in chemistry. Mohan is working on several research projects with his respective majors. He first started his research in the department of biology/biochemistry under Dr. David Belnap studying the world’s smallest known virus, the Satellite Tobacco Mosaic Virus (STMV), with the goal to understand the asymmetric protein capsid structure through electron imagining techniques and the use various 3D modeling programs. His other research interests lie both within the realms of political philosophy and international health. After graduation, Mohan plans to pursue a joint graduate degree in both law and medicine to further his understanding of the crossovers of law and medicine. As an Undergraduate Research Leader, Mohan wants to help fellow students find what they are passionate about.

mohan.sudabattula@utah.edu
 Walk-In Hour: Thu, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Sill 005