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June 2022 Newsletter

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Research Integrity Summer Workshop

The workshop purpose is to begin a discussion about the data lifecycle and responsible conduct of research. Faculty and undergrads are invited to participate!


This Zoom event is on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 10AM to noon. Email Caren [Caren.Frost@socwk.utah.edu] if interested!

May 2022 Newsletter

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UROP Student, Comstock’s, art exhibit – A Balmy Elsewhere: Restorative Materialisms

“A Balmy Elsewhere: Restorative Materialisms” takes its title in part from Bill Brown’s “Thing Theory,” which poses and answers the question, why not let things alone? Let them rest somewhere, in a balmy elsewhere, away from the anxieties and ambiguities of theory? This show attempts to enter this place, where the immediacy, tactility, and sensuousness of the materials override the disquietude of thought coming from new materialism, speculative realism, and actor-network theory that paradoxically justify the work and the agency it grants to non-human things. This is a tender offering in the hopes that encounter with ceramic and intermedia objects will allow for a moment of dissolution of self, stepping into a shared space with matter.
Stop by Studio Elevn on Friday, April 22, 6-9pm to see Comstock’s senior exhibition, located at 435 W 400 S, Suite 304.

April 2022 Newsletter

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Application for Undergraduate Research Leaders Summer 22 and 22-23 Academic Year – OPEN


Students selected will be hired as hourly employees of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the rate of $15 per hour and work an average of 5 – 10 hours per week. This program is open to Dreamers (with and without DACA).  Please contact Shiver (s.Shiver@utah.edu) for more information.
The Undergraduate Research Leaders 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

Additionally, we have several specialist positions including

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Specialist – attends SPUR meetings and advises students about summer research programs
Social Media Specialist – designs social media posts and coordinates digital outreach materials for the OUR

How to Apply
Application for Summer 2022  and the 22-23 academic year is open and will close Sunday, April 17th.
See the URL page for more information and CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

March 2022 Newsletter

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February 2022 Newsletter

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Remote Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Dear Office of Undergraduate Research Community,
Due to the growing concerns with regards to global pandemic, new variants like Omicron, learning that the University of Utah hospitals are reaching capacity, as well as public health mandates, the Office of Undergraduate Research is reaching out to OUR community to convey that we will continue to do our part to support public health, wellness, and research. We recognize the significance of research during a pandemic – the role of undergraduate researchers who work in collaboration with faculty and staff to collectively foster a thriving research and intellectual community – are central to creating community, solving problems, and facilitating solutions.

OUR encourages weekly testing and vaccinations to support collective well-being, to learn more about this visit: https://coronavirus.utah.edu/
The Salt Lake County Health Department has adopted a mask mandate for indoor spaces and in close quarters outdoors from Jan. 8 through Feb. 7. This will apply to our campus on Monday: https://slco.org/health/COVID-19/order. We also recognize that different labs and medical environments have specific requirements regarding PPE – we encourage you to consult with your department leadership for guidance. 
If an exposure occurs with a member of a research team, please self-report to continue to foster a public health centered research environment. To learn more about testing (asymptomatic/symptomatic and reporting, visit: https://coronavirus.utah.edu/ 
We encourage mentors and undergraduate researchers evaluate public health response and appropriately adjust research processes, expectations, and timeline if necessary to support tele-research and the above mask mandates and ensure public safety – safety of research teams, staff, students, and communities’ researchers are researching with. 

OUR offers great content including the Undergraduate Research Education Series – please check out our web-based content. More forthcoming with regards to researching during a pandemic.
OUR is committed to supporting research communities, therefore we are available. We do have an in-person presence. OUR staff are present in the office in SILL during normal business hours with staff also providing web connection Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM. 

We encourage OUR community to take advantage of the virtual office hours with OUR advisors;
 and/or meet a team member to discuss collaboration – we are always available to connect via zoom.
Stay up-to-date on OUR operations https://our.utah.edu/covid-19-operational-updates/ 

Your safety and wellness matters and so does the wellness of OUR. If you have any other suggestions as to how OUR can support and foster a human centered, publicly well environment, I welcome your suggestions. OUR team also welcomes dialogue if you would like to brainstorm or discuss how research may be adapted for ongoing public health measures. 
Stay up-to-date with the Office of the Vice President for Research to learn more about research opportunities and recommendations. 
From OUR team to yours,
Annie Isabel Fukushima, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, Transform 
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies 
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Cindy Greaves, Program Manager
Sandra Luo, Undergraduate Research Advisor
Megan Shannahan, Academic Program Manager
Shiver, Academic Program Manager
Suggestions for Remote Research Mentoring
The transition to remote research has presented many challenges to both researchers and their mentees. Beyond transitioning the research itself to a new format, mentors and mentees have had to consider how to modify the mentoring aspect as well. Colleagues from around the country have pulled together lists of suggestions from their faculty about how to adapt in-person mentoring practices to a virtual format. We’ve summarized the most common suggestions into the list below. No matter what stage of the mentoring process you are in, we hope this list will be helpful to you as you hone your own remote mentoring practice.
Helpful suggestions for transitioning to remote research mentoring:
Communicate with your mentees regularly and as clearly as possible in rapidly changing circumstances. This is more important than ever?

For mentors:

Create a to communicate with your mentees – discuss the frequency of individual and group meetings.
Explicit share hours of availability and the modality (zoom, remote, phone, or in-person)
Schedule regular check-in meeting – suggested that faculty consider weekly or biweekly check-ins.
Depending on your relationship with your mentees, they might be intimidated or overwhelmed with asking anything of you. It is important for you to reach out and discuss their concerns.
Consider asking the modality of submitting materials/updates:

written updates due before check-ins (progress reports, summary of key tasks, report on accomplishments, obstacles, questions for discussion). 

For undergraduate researchers

How often do you hope to hear from your mentees?
keep up with lab/research notebooks 
Calendar deadlines and work ahead of expected deadlines

Set up a shared virtual workspace

Microsoft Teams, box or Slack or upload to Google Drive electronic data sets, video, and/or take pictures of research tasks.
Consider that some of the above modalities are not secure, therefore discuss this.

Set up clear expectations

Here is a sample of a mentor-mentee agreement 
Explicitly discuss and consider the challenges; adapt expectations to be realistic.

Which expectations and/or goals are important to maintain? Which need to be modified? How is your schedule of progress affected?

What skills will your mentees need to develop and how will research happen if campus is closed, hours of operation are limited or mandates impact research?
If you are unable to fully meet the needs of your mentees, who should they check-in with? Reach out to colleagues for help.

Crisis like a global pandemic can impact wellness – both physiologically, emotionally and psychologically. The wellness of our research community matters.
Communicate with a will towards empathy

Acknowledge that these are uncertain times and that it’s normal to feel to feel distress. Provide reassurance at check-ins.
Remember that everyone’s home environments look different. Your mentees may have different levels of access to technology and may have differing levels of caregiving obligations.

Self-care and collective care fosters a healthy research environment

Remind your mentees (and yourself) to step away from the computer and the news and include exercise or other self-care activities into their schedules.
If your mentees express concerns about health, housing, family, food, technology, etc., be responsive. Think about offices across campus who are working with students to address concerns, like the Counseling CenterCenter for Student Wellness, the Feed U Pantry, the Marriott Library (to checkout laptops and hotspots), and the Office of Financial Aid for emergency funding.

Global pandemic has led to the need for academic institutions and communities to experience regularly changes – changes in public health, policies. 

Be flexible with deadlines and changing schedules.
Plan for “the known”

For mentees who are nearing graduation, consider helping them develop a realistic action plan to meet a rapidly changing job market.

Find creative ways for mentees to get to know you and other research colleagues and for informal conversations to happen. 

Virtual coffee hours or lunches to encourage people to get to know each other.
Frequent virtual lab hours for lab members to have a space to check in with and get to know each other.
Virtual journal clubs
Virtual writing groups
Virtual accountability groups

Looking for ways to involve undergraduates in remote research? Here are some ideas:
Early research ideas

Create databases
IACUC/IRB protocols
Research future trends and/or new product ideas
Write ‘lab manual’ of standard operating procedures for new students

Data collection / analysis

Archival research with online archives
Coding projects
Conduct virtual interviews
Develop web-based surveys/questionnaires
Experimental design
GIS-based project
Identify experimental data that can be modeled using fundamental principles
Learn new skills like modeling software, drawing software, plotting software, etc.
Meta-analysis of existing literature
Modeling/computational work
Remote data gathering/analysis
Transcribe films, interviews, other materials


Conduct literature searches and reviews (create/update database, work on citation management skills)
Manuscript writing project (collaborate on writing up results of previous experiments)
Write methodology and/or introduction sections for papers, posters, etc.
Grant writing project

Presenting research / Public intellectualism

Create figures, tables, and/or charts
Develop videos used for communicating science to a general audience
Website building
Podcast development

Professional development

Professional development (CV preparation, grad school prep)
Mock job / interview talks on zoom

We recognize that traditions of research and mentoring vary widely across disciplines. In order to provide a more inclusive list of suggestions, we want to hear from you! How have you adapted your mentoring practice and/or research for remote undergraduates? Do you have any suggestions we can share? Let us know here. We’ll update this page with your input.
The above information was summarized from the following resources:
Austin College Johnson Center
Cornell University Graduate School
NC State University Office of Undergraduate Research
Northwestern University Searle Center
Some Advice for PhD Students and Their Mentors in the Time of Coronavirus
The University of Tennessee Knoxville Office of Undergraduate Research
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Center for Student Research
Additional Resources:
NORDP’s Mentoring in a Time of Crisis and Uncertainty
The Research Skill Development Framework
*Special acknowledgements to Dr. Rachel Hayes-Harb & Megan Shannahan

Collaborating with Undergraduate Researchers at the U

January 4, 2022
Collaborating with Undergraduate Researchers at the U
The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research are committed to fostering and supporting faculty success in research through collaborations with undergraduate researchers.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) provides resources and support for University of Utah’s researchers to foster an environment of creativity, discovery, and advanced knowledge.
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) resides in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The mission of the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research is to facilitate and promote undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and creative works in all disciplines throughout the University of Utah campus. In recognition that excellence requires diversity, OUR pursues this mission through equitable programming that promotes diverse representation and social justice. OUR is well recognized for programming including Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD), Undergraduate Research Symposia (URS Spring, Summer, and Fall), the annual Undergraduate Research Journal, and the Undergraduate Research Education Series, among other exciting opportunities.
The VPR Office and OUR have a longstanding history of collaboration to fulfill the university’s mission to foster student success by preparing students from diverse backgrounds for lives of impact as leaders and citizens through research.
To better serve researchers, faculty and student alike, and effectively collaborate with staff, we offer the following recommendations:

Undergraduate researchers can be vital collaborators, contributors on a research team, and are the next generation of future researchers. We encourage researchers with grants or foundation funds budget to incorporate compensating undergraduate researchers as part of their team. Undergraduate researchers can play a significant role in assisting a research project and supporting and undergraduate researcher fosters the mentoring environment the University of Utah is committed to. For National Science Foundation grantees, it is encouraged the Principal Investigator(s) consider making their project a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site. Consult with your college Associate Dean of Research, Dean, or Office of Sponsored Projects.
Undergraduate researchers can be onboarded in a myriad of ways, here are two options for paid undergraduate researchers:

Hire undergraduate researchers as part-time temporary employees through Human Resources. Students are able to then be paid through payroll where they receive direct payments via direct deposit or a check sent to their address. Additionally, if hiring a non-University of Utah researcher, this allows HR to offer a UNID to the undergraduate researcher which provides access to UTA, the library, student life center, and RedMed. Consult your college human resources analyst if you have questions, or contact Human Resources to learn more about department/college contacts.
Some NSF grantees are considered an NSF Research Traineeship Program. If this applies to you, then we encourage you to onboard your undergraduate researcher as a trainee. If this is the case, please consult with Financial and Business Services. If onboarding a non-University of Utah researcher, consult FBS in advance of onboarding the student to find out if your researcher will have taxes deducted or be eligible for an affiliate UNID.
Encourage your researcher to take advantage of programming and resources with OUR. OUR offers the following:

Coordinates and brings together partners across campus working with undergraduate researchers through the Summer Programs Partnership.
Provides other financial opportunities including Travel & Small Grants of up to $500; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Scholars Program (UROP); and we provide scholarships.
Student researchers may be eligible for an Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation that shows up on their transcripts and includes a cord at graduation.
Have your undergraduate researcher share the amazing research that also fosters professional development by presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Educational programming is vital for ongoing learning for undergraduate researchers across campus, check out the OUR Undergraduate Research Education Series.
Information sharing is vital to research – OUR has a wide-network of social, email communities, and opportunities that we are more than happy to promote opportunities to OUR community.
OUR provides advising to any undergraduate researcher at the University of Utah. We see our role as supporting researchers at any stage of their research journey and are here to support faculty working with undergraduate mentees.

The OUR and VPR Office are here to support all faculty and student research collaborations at the University of Utah. We are committed to research innovation and collaboration, and invite folks to consult with our offices.
Annie Isabel Fukushima, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Jim Agutter, Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Erin Rothwell, Interim Vice President for Research

January 2022 Newsletter

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October 2021 Newsletter

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Meet the New Director of the OUR!

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima has been selected as the new Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. 
Dr. Fukushima is an Associate Professor in the Ethnic Studies (ES) Division of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation. She also holds affiliate faculty status in three additional University of Utah units: Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Integration, Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies. Fukushima is a distinguished researcher on domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, labor, and migration. Her Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (2019)–published by Stanford University Press–was the winner of the 2020 Asia and Asian America Section Book Award sponsored by the American Sociological Association. Her research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. 
Since her arrival at the University of Utah in 2015, Fukushima has contributed to several institutional enhancements being selected a Presidential Leadership Fellow (2020) and serving as the current project lead for the University’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium.
Fukushima states, “I am so thrilled to be joining the leadership and team of OUR and UGS. I have had wonderful experiences of collaborating with undergraduate researchers at the University of Utah supported by OUR. I am so inspired by program’s mission of collaborative research and endeavors towards equity. It is an honor to follow the important leadership work of Dr. Hayes-Harb and the team, and to begin to envision access, equity, and supporting undergraduate research and faculty collaborations that span a range of methodologies.”
“Dr. Annie Fukushima brings a wealth of research expertise and leadership skills regarding undergraduate research, equity, diversity, and inclusive mentorship to this role,” said Dr. T. Chase Hagood, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “I am delighted Annie has agreed to join Undergraduate Studies in expanding the quality, experiential activities provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research,” Hagood added. 
Dr. Fukushima joins the Office of Undergraduate Research, a unit of the Office of Undergraduate Studies on September 16, 2021.

Understanding the Role of the Researcher in the Research Process

Dr. Crystal Steltenpohl (Assistant Professor, University of Southern Indiana) will be giving a talk on researcher positionality on October 1, 2-3:30 pm. 

Social science research is a scientific endeavor that involves, at its core, people. We usually conduct research studies with human participants, but we as researchers are also people, and we bring our experiences, perspectives, and values into the research process in sometimes unexpected ways. Join Dr. Steltenpohl in a discussion about how researchers can influence the research process and learn about ways to reflect and transparently discuss those influences.
Register here: bit.ly/CLARG-OCT21
This talk is hosted by the Cognitive Language Aficionados Research Group and sponsored by the Dept. of Psychology, and the Dept. of Educational Psychology, and the Speech Acquisition Lab.

Position Announcement: Associate Dean, UGS/OUR

The Office of Undergraduate Studies invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of the Office of Undergraduate Research. The Office of Undergraduate Research provides undergraduate students and their research mentors with opportunities to collaborate on research and/or creative projects, and is an integral part of the University of Utah’s commitment to ensuring a high-quality, meaningful college experience for every undergraduate student. The Associate Dean of the Office of Undergraduate Research reports to the Sr. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of the Undergraduate Studies Leadership Team. The position is a 50% appointment in Undergraduate Studies, with a 50% appointment in the Associate Dean’s academic department.
Applications are due on Friday, July 30th.
For more information, please see the position announcement: 2021_OUR_AssociateDean_Position.
Access the HR job posting and application: Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Research.
Please contact the OUR team if you have any questions! OUR Director, Rachel Hayes-Harb, is also available to talk about this role.

OUR returning to physical office – July 1, 2021

The Office of Undergraduate Research physical office is open beginning July 1, 2021! 
We will continue to offer: 

Remote undergraduate research advising by Advisors and Undergraduate Research Leaders. 
Virtual Undergraduate Research Education Series events and the option for virtual class visits
Have questions? Stop by the office (005 Sill Center) or come to virtual office hours Tuesdays from 4 – 5pm or Fridays from 9 – 10am (passcode: research), email us OUR@utah.edu, or call us 801-581-8070 

Learn more about the U’s remote work HERE
We hope to see you soon!

Research Opportunity: GURU Program for Students with Disabilities

The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) is seeking applicants for the GURU Program, an NIH-funded, one-of-a-kind program designed to give U students who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible) the opportunity to join a research team that investigates the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic science and genomic medicine. We support students and faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Law, Humanities, Science, Education, Nursing, Fine Arts, Health, Engineering, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. 
A flyer with program and application information for the 2021-2022 academic year is attached below, along with image text.  
For any questions, please contact Jim Tabery, james.tabery@utah.edu, 801-581-8362.

Flyer text:
Interested in gaining research experience?
Research experience is a fantastic opportunity—a unique part of the college experience.
Research experience makes you a more competitive applicant for graduate school.
Research experience gives you the chance to be part of a research team.
Are you an undergraduate student who identifies as having a disability?
The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) runs the GURU Program, a one-of-a-kind program designed to give U students who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible) the opportunity to join a research team that investigates the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic science and genomic medicine. We have supported students and faculty from the Colleges of Humanities, Law, Nursing, Fine Arts, Health, Education, Engineering, Social and Behavioral Science, and Medicine. Students from other disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Join GURU!
As part of the GURU Program, you could do things like study how parents who learn they will have a child with Down syndrome convey that news to family and friends, help develop a comic book to enhance literacy about genetic testing, apply techniques from theater to assist doctors with communicating difficult news. For additional information about the GURU Program and affiliated projects, see: http://uofuhealth.utah.edu/uceer/guru1.php
2 undergraduate students will be selected each year. The students will be:
• Paired with a faculty researcher and paid $10/hour (for up to 150 hours/semester).
• Provided $1220/year to support travel to an academic conference.
• Placed in a mentorship network with multiple mentors, at least one of whom will be a faculty member who identifies as having a disability.
• Offered the opportunity to take courses focusing on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic research and medicine, and provided resources to take a GRE test-prep course.
Apply Here: https://redcap01.brisc.utah.edu/nursing/redcap/surveys/?s=NM48PETNJW
Deadline for application: January 22, 2021
Application includes: CV, personal statement, transcript, 2 letters of recommendation. If you require accommodations to complete the application, please contact the Center for Disability & Access at 801.581.5020, Student Union Room 162
Questions? Contact: Professor Jim Tabery, 801.581.8362, james.tabery@utah.edu

Spring 2021 Course: Undergraduate Research Seminar

If you’re fine-tuning your schedule for this spring semester, then check out this course below offered by Professor Kamimura! 
SOC 3870-001 Research Seminar
IVC  / MW 9:40am-10:30am
The course is for undergraduates from all disciplines.
This course is like doing independent study in a seminar format. Some students will work on an individual project while other students will work on a group project. For students who do not have an own project, I can assign projects. Each student will set an own goal. Examples of goals included, but not limited to

Start and/or finish honor’s thesis/ senior thesis
Pre-med/ health research experience
Prepare for graduate school
Lean how to write an UROP proposal
Just want to try research

The seminar format often works better than independent study because students can learn and support each other and easier for time management to achieve own goal.
You can combine this seminar with other research opportunities such as honor’s thesis, senior thesis, UROP, or LEAP.
If you have any questions, please contact the instructor at akiko.kamimura@utah.edu.
Akiko Kamimura, PhD, MSW, MA
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Public Health
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation
University of Utah
phone: 801-585-5496

Research Opportunity: Summer Internship with California Academy of Sciences

Since 1995, the California Academy of Sciences’ Summer Systematics Institute (SSI), with support from NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and the Academy’s Robert T. Wallace endowment, has addressed critical topics including; worldwide threats to biodiversity, the origins and diversification of life, phylogenetic systematics, and evolutionary biology.
SSI is a nine-week paid research internship at our state-of-the-art research facility and museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This world-renowned venue offers undergraduates important insights into the contributions that museum-based research can make to issues facing society today by providing them the opportunity to do museum-based research for the summer. The program accommodates up to 10 undergraduate students. This internship is made possible by the National Science Foundation and the Robert T. Wallace Endowment for undergraduate education. 
Deadline: February 1, 2021. Applications received after midnight on February 1, 2021, will not be reviewed.

Duration & Location

The Summer Systematics Institute is a full-time program (40 hours/week) for nine weeks, from June 1 through July 30, 2021. The first week of the program will be spent at Pepperwood Preserve and the Bodega Marine Lab, with the remainder of the time spent in San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences.


Any U.S. citizen or resident alien (green card) who is an undergraduate student, and who will not have graduated before fall of 2021, is welcome to apply. That is, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of the internship. 

Housing & Stipend

A $5,400 ($600/week) stipend will be awarded to each intern. Travel to and from San Francisco will be provided. Housing will be provided in dormitories in San Francisco (within walking distance and easy public transportation to the Academy), with details to be provided upon the selection of interns. Personal stipends may be subject to federal and/or state income taxes.

For more information and to access the application, please visit this Cal Academy’s webpage.


Research Opportunity: Society for Developmental Biology Summer Program

Choose Development! is an undergraduate summer research program for students from underrepresented minority (URM) groups or those with disabilities interested in pursuing research careers in developmental biology and related areas. The program was initially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF-IOS 1239422, 2013-2017) and is currently funded by the SDB at a lower level (2017-present).
The program provides a research-intensive undergraduate training experience in a lab of an established developmental biologist, a multi-level mentoring plan for each student, SDB-wide recognition and enculturation activities at national scientific conferences, and continued mentoring after the completion of the fellowship.
Undergraduates will be selected from a national applicant pool and matched to research laboratories with trained faculty mentors (SDB members) committed to enhancing their preparation to enter graduate programs. Students will be recognized as an elite group of SDB Choose Development! Fellows who will spend two summers carrying out independent research in the mentor’s laboratory. The Society will ensure dissemination of their research accomplishments through the students’ participation in SDB regional and/or national meetings, complemented by strong support and encouragement from members of this scientific community. It is expected that most, if not all of these SDB Choose Development! Fellows will choose and be accepted into graduate programs in developmental biology or related areas.
SDB Choose Development! Fellows Eligibility
Undergraduate students belonging to URM groups (Black/African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Aboriginals, Native Hawaiians and US Pacific Islanders), first generation college students, and those with disabilities who are United States or Canadian nationals (US/Canadian citizens and those born in lands under US/Canadian jurisdiction) or permanent residents residing within the United States or Canada and its territories may apply.
Considering the 2-year duration of training, preference will be given to sophomores or students in their second year of undergraduate programs at the time of application.
Applicants must be willing to travel to a different city for summer research in case no appropriate mentor is available in the vicinity.
A stipend of $5000 and some travel/living assistance will be provided.
Application deadline: February 15, 2021
For more information and to access the application forms, visit this SDB webpage. Questions may be directed to sdb@sdbonline.org with subject title ‘Choose Development!’

Research Opportunity: Funded Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (PHCEU) offers four funded summer research internships for undergraduate students at US institutions majoring in science and engineering. This program provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience in scientific research under the mentorship of world-class scientists. Participation in this program will help students gain experience in pharmaceutics and drug delivery research and prepare for pursuing graduate studies. Research areas in the department include drug delivery, gene therapy, cell-based delivery, immunotherapeutics and vaccines, precision medicine, and theranostics.
The Department’s Undergraduate Summer Research Internship is a ten-week program during which time students conduct independent research under the supervision of faculty members applying chemical, biological and mathematical principles to contemporary problems involving drugs and related molecules. Participants receive basic instruction in laboratory and research techniques, learn first-hand the use of specialized laboratory instrumentation, and learn how to effectively search and study the scientific literature. The program is designed to provide maximum independence but sufficient guidance to ensure that students will obtain a complete research experience. The research labs at PHCEU have close interaction and multiple collaborations with other units at The University of Utah including the Colleges of Science and Engineering, the School of Medicine as well as The Huntsman Cancer Institute. This provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to experience a multidisciplinary and translational research environment. In addition to the laboratory projects, the program director will organize weekly journal clubs for students and is available to provide scientific and social support during their stay.
Admitted students will receive a stipend of $6,000 (less applicable taxes) over the course of the program (40 hours per week for 10 weeks) to cover living expenses. The program runs over 10 weeks from June 2021 to August 2021. All application documents should be received no later than March 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified for final decision by April 15, 2021.  Please contact the program director, Dr. Paris Jafari (paris.jafari@utah.edu), for questions regarding the application process. 
For more information, including program requirements, eligibility, and application and selection process, visit the program’s website.

Looking for a summer research opportunity?

Are you wanting to get involved in a summer research program but aren’t quite sure how to get started? Wondering what the application process looks like? Or maybe you’re not quite sure what the benefits are!
Claire Ticknor, one of our Undergraduate Research Leaders, put together a presentation that answers some of these questions, like what, why, timeline, common requirements, SPUR, and how to find other opportunities.
Watch Claire’s presentation >> 
Learn more about SPUR >>
Learn about the U’s other summer research programs >>
Questions? Make an advising appointment >>

Research Opportunity: SOM Research Match for Underrepresented Students

University of Utah School of Medicine helps students from underserved or underrepresented backgrounds (see definition below) find a research opportunity. If you fit the definition and are interested in gaining a research experience, please take the survey here. Once they gather enough data, they will begin matching students up with different labs. You will likely hear back from them by January 2021 at the earliest (but could be later). 
If, for some reason, students are unsure if they fit the criteria that are listed below, please email Benjamin Tasevac at benjamin.tasevac@hsc.utah.edu.  Please DO NOT contact him for any other questions.
According to the AAMC, “Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” The OHEDI’s takes this definition and tries to make it as broad and inclusive as possible. Thus, any student that self identifies as underserved or underrepresented based on race, religion, sexual orientation or is female, a member of a minority group or identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, a person of color, is an immigrant, a refugee, first in the family to go to college, and of low socioeconomic status qualifies for our services.
Survey link here as well: Student Research Opportunity Survey 

Research Opportunity: Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

The 2021 Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) provides interns with a summer of intensive research in an NHLBI laboratory on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, MD. Interns receive a competitive stipend based on their education level. Students will attend monthly summer lectures and career development events including Summer Poster Day and the Graduate School Fair. The SIP is open to current college, graduate, or medical school students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selections are made on a rolling basis therefore early submission is highly recommended.
Eligibility: The 2021 Summer Internship Program is for students who

are 17 years of age or older on June 15, 2021,
are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, AND
are enrolled at least half-time in and accredited college (including community college) or university as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student at the time of application*, OR
 have been accepted into accredited college or university program for the fall semester.

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2021
For more information and to apply, visit this NHLBI webpage. Any questions can be directed to the NHLBI DIR Office of Education: ( direducation@nhlbi.nih.gov ).


Research Opportunity: Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists

The RADM Helena O. Mishoe Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists was established by Dr. Helena Mishoe to offer opportunities for postbac fellows of underrepresented groups in biomedical science to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. This fellowship aims to enhance career development for postbacs planning to apply to graduate and/or medical school with the long-term career goal of becoming a trained scientist or physician/scientist.
Applicants should meet the following criteria:

Have recently completed or will complete a bachelor’s degree by the summer of selection;
Must have completed academic training in course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research;
Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, or 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale;
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Application Deadline: December 31st, 2020
For more information and to apply, visit this NHLBI webpage. Any questions can be directed to the NHLBI DIR Office of Education: ( direducation@nhlbi.nih.gov ).


Publication Opportunity: Gender & Sex Differences in Health

Interested in submitting an article to be featured in The Utah Women’s Health Review? Check out this opportunity below for more information!
The University of Utah Center Of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, is thrilled to announce the launch of the Utah Women’s Health Review (UWHR). UWHR is a peer-reviewed journal focused on sex and gender differences that affect the 7 Domains of Health: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual. The journal is an ideal place for your students, residents, fellows, and faculty to publish their research. While the journal showcases the work of local researchers and clinicians on the health of the Utah population, we accept submissions from across our state on populations beyond Utah, as long as they focus on women’s health or sex and gender differences that affect the 7 Domains of Health.
The UWHR has been an ongoing project involving all University of Utah Colleges and Schools. The Editorial Board reflects our 1U4U approach to sex and gender health. By creating and hosting this journal here within our own Eccles Digital Publishing, UWHR is able to facilitate publication opportunities to established sex and gender health researchers as well as graduate students, residents, and up-and-coming professionals all over Utah. UWHR’s rolling submissions and publication dates allow for a fast turn-around time as well as a satisfying experience for submitting authors. The site https://uwhr.utah.edu/ houses the earlier 2007 and 2019 issues. Using the WordPress platform, we invite ongoing submissions for 2020 and beyond.

HCI PathMaker Scholars Summer Research Opportunity

The Huntsman Cancer Institute PathMaker Scholars Summer Research Program is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2021 program.
PathMaker Scholars is a one-on-one mentored research experience for high school seniors and undergraduate students from underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in research, medicine, and education. The program sponsors students for a ten-week summer research experience where they will learn laboratory training techniques and work on a project in a university laboratory setting. Accepted students will live on campus and are provided with a $4,000 stipend, housing, a meal plan, and a UTA pass for the duration of the program.
Additional information regarding PathMaker can be found online or in the below flyer.
Application Deadline – 11:59 pm MST on Sunday, February 21st, 2020
Any questions regarding the program should be directed to Katie Stokes and/or Anna Marsden.

Reading Scientific Manuscripts Event

Reading Scientific Manuscripts
Friday, October 16th from 4:00-5:00 pm
The Medical Laboratory Science Professional Club (MLSPC) is excited to announce the kickoff of an undergraduate journal club with our first lecture by Dr. Diana Wilkins, PhD., M.S., MT(ASCP) about breaking down and reading scientific manuscripts. Dr. Wilkins is the Division Chief for the Medical Laboratory Science and the Biomedical Science graduate programs. We are fortunate for the chance to learn from her and will meet via Zoom Friday, October 16th from 4:00-5:00 pm. Following this lecture series, the MLSPC will meet every quarter to review and discuss literature relating to medical laboratory science. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate science majors to practice reading and evaluating primary literature and will greatly benefit not only those who plan to continue onto graduate or professional degree programs but for anyone who will be working as a professional Medical Laboratory Scientist. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/DimSnwGEfew3spZPA
This event is NOT part of the Undergraduate Research Education Series.

OUR Open House with the Undergraduate Research Leaders!

Friday, October 2nd from 12pm – 1pm
Join the Undergraduate Research Leaders, Claire & Kalli, for our first ever virtual open house!  
This a very informal event where you can pop in and chat as fits your schedule.  You can come with questions about how to get started, how to transition to remote work, how to apply for UROP, or just to hang out.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 928 9610 9223
Passcode: 276065
Hope to see you there!

ORIC Event: Bullying & Misbehavior in the Research Setting: Does the U of U need a Policy?

The Office of Research Integrity & Compliance (ORIC) is pleased to offer the “Bullying & Misbehavior in the Research Setting: Does the U of U need a Policy?” panel discussion as part of the E3 series on Tuesday, September 15th from 10:00am to 11:00am via Zoom.
According to recent scholarly work, bullying is defined as physical, social, and/or verbal actions that cause harm to a person or a group.  These repeated actions present negative consequence for the victim(s) as well as the bully.  Bullying, one form of unprofessional behavior, “always involves aggressive behavior” and a differential in power dynamics.  A recent case in Australia highlights the mechanisms through which this type of behavior occurs.  
This panel dialogue will address what the University of Utah doing to reduce bulling and address professional misconduct in the research setting. Resources on campus will be identified.
To register for this E3 session please CLICK HERE.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program 
Fulbright provides grants for U.S. students wishing to perform research or teach English in a foreign country – please watch this video to learn more about this prestigious opportunity! Senior undergrads and graduate students in all disciplines are eligible to apply.

Please direct questions to: Professor Howard Lehman, Fulbright Program Director: howard.lehman@poli-sci.utah.edu, or Jolyn Schleiffarth, FPA: Jolyn.s@utah.edu

Fall 2020 On-Site Undergraduate Research Policy

Updated 8/11/20: The University has released a policy for on-site undergraduate research in Fall 2020.

All types of undergraduate researchers will be permitted onsite in the upcoming semester. This includes Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and honors students. Approvals from the Department Chair and Dean (or designee) are required, and you must follow the approval and tracking process outlined here: Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Policy.
Students should work remotely during the “two-week pause” from September 28 – October 9 and when all classes transition to online format after Thanksgiving break.

For up-to-date guidance, please continue to watch the VPR’s COVID-19 updates page: https://research.utah.edu/coronavirus/index.php

Graduate and Professional Mini-Expo

The Genomics Summer Research for Minorities and the Native American Research Internship programs at the University of Utah are hosting a symposium on “Preparing my next steps during uncertain times: applying to graduate school and jobs in industry”. The distinguished invited speakers will provide you with practical tools and resources to help you make your next career steps more comprehensive and accessible.
Date and time: Thursday July 16, 2020 1:30– 3:30 PM MT, via Zoom
Register in advance for this symposium. View the schedule here.

Virtual Interview Workshop

Virtual Interview Workshop 

Wednesday, July 22 @ 5 pm on ZOOM
As many health professional programs are moving to virtual interviews for this application cycle, PreProfessional Advising and Career & Professional Development Center will offer tips on how to successfully navigate virtual interviews. Learn how to be a successful applicant in a virtual setting, whether you’re preparing for a recorded or live video interview!


Virtual Interview Tips
Resources available for practice interviews
Q & A Session and more!

https://www.signupgenius .com/go/5080948a8aa23a 3f49-interview
https://utah.joinhandshak e.com/events/523394

Please Note: This workshop is open to students who are currently applying for University of Utah health professional programs.
Questions? Contact: ppa@advising.utah.edu

Virtual Interview Workshop Flyer

PathMaker Scholars Summer Workshop Series

The summer workshop series are free online workshops created for high school junior, seniors, and early undergraduates. Our goal with this series is to provide students with resources and information they might need to help prepare them for college. The workshops will cover various topics such as resume building, interviews with current Medical and PhD students, financial wellness, and many more. Students who complete a minimum of 8 workshops, will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the summer.
If you are interested in attending the Workshop Series, please see the information below for instructions on how to sign up:
Workshop Structure
All workshops will be conducted over Zoom. Prior to the first workshop, you must download the Zoom application on your computer or smart phone. Helpful directions can be found here. Audio and video connection is strongly preferred and encouraged. Each workshop will consist of a presentation with Q&A, in addition to ongoing dialogue with workshop participants and presenters. There will be interactive features such as polling, group breakout sessions, and more. Come ready to participate and ask questions!
Participation Expectations
Your attention and participation during the Workshop Series is expected. Our team, presenters, and guests have worked hard to organize and facilitate these workshops, so please respect their time and effort. If you commit to being at a presentation we are expecting you to come prepared and ready to engage.
Registration is required for each meeting individually. Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 workshops will earn you a Certificate of Completion at the end of the summer. Registration links below:

June 3: How to Finance your College Education
June 10: Perfecting your Resume & Personal Statement
June 17: Building Professional Relationships
June 24: Maintaining Social & Emotional Health in College (limited space available)
July 1: Cultivating a Culture of Diversity & Inclusion (limited space available)
July 8: Keeping a Growth Mindset in Academia
July 15: Finding Employment in College
July 22: Interview with Medical School & STEM Graduate Programs
July 27: Student Involvement in College
July 29: Interview with Current STEM Undergrads & Graduate Students

Email pathmaker@hci.utah.edu

Resources for Undergraduate Researchers During COVID-19

Below are some links to centers and services around campus that can help support you through COVID-19.  
University Counseling Center >>
Mindfulness Center >>
Student Success Advocates >>
Center for Student Wellness >>
Feed U Pantry >>

Connect2Health Volunteer Opportunity for ALL Majors

Apply online!
At Connect2Health.org
Job Summary: Connect2Health is a University of Utah student-driven volunteer program that aims to address the social determinants of health in our communities. We are looking to recruit motivated and compassionate individuals and welcome volunteers from all majors and departments.  Our goal for Connect2Health volunteers is for them to walk away from this experience with a better understanding of the needs and resources in their community, a greater ability to interact with patients, community organizations and clinical team members, and ultimately gain insights and skills that will aid their future work with under served populations. Looking for volunteers to begin this summer semester (Summer 2020), though volunteer help is needed year round.
What We Offer: 

Direct patient exposure with at-risk populations
Networking with physicians; job-shadowing opportunities possible
Leadership opportunities, including clinic site leaders and chair positions
Community service that is meaningful and impactful
Reflection sessions that help our volunteers grow and network
C2H is an AmeriCorps-affiliated program; AmeriCorps members receive a federal education scholarship in return for volunteer commitment 

General Volunteers

One 3-4 hour shift weekly + bi-monthly meetings for two consecutive semesters

AmeriCorps Members:

6 hours volunteering weekly + weekly meetings for 3 consecutive semesters + mobilization project

Questions? Contact our Recruitment Chair: Connect2Health.Recruitment@health.utah.edu

First-Generation Conference at the U

The J. Willard Marriott Library would like to invite you to participate in the second annual First-Gen Con. The conference is a FREE one-day event for first-generation students that features all first-generation presenters, including our keynote, Dr. Maria Ledesma, associate professor of Education, Leadership, & Policy. This conference is intentionally designed to be different from the standard conference model in terms of tone and level of formality; we’d like to keep it conversational, interactive, and more casual than formal.
Presenters will address a full spectrum of topics–from how to engage campus resources, services, and spaces (particularly those that are designed for first-generation students’ needs) to topics like how to overcome barriers inside the institution, how to cope with imposter syndrome, how to connect with faculty, and how to find community on a large commuter campus.
All topics related to the first-generation experience are welcome.
Time slots range from five to fifty minutes, and there are no restrictions on media format. We’re excited to see slideshows, performance and visual arts, or any form of media/style of presentation that allows presenters to share their truths.
Presenters may present individually or in groups.
First-Gen Con is scheduled for March 20, 2020 from noon to 4:00pm in the Gould Auditorium at the Marriott Library.
Lunch will be provided for free. 
Register today at https://forms.lib.utah.edu/first-gen-registration/
To submit a proposal, please email adriana.parker@utah.edu a brief description of your presentation (150 words max.) that includes your topic, media format, number of presenters, and the length of your presentation.