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Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) Internship

The Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) internship provides a ten-week summer research program for undergraduate students interested in genomics research, personalized medicine and biosciences. The GSRM is funded by an NIH Research Education Program (R25) and supported by the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics. The paid internship provides students with placement in world-class genomics research groups, tailored mentorship, professional development workshops and access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Interns have the opportunity to interact with a thriving community of scientists, physicians and mentors that recognize the need to promote diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce. 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 summer program.
Application Deadline

February 22, 2019

Internship Dates

May 29 – August 2, 2019 

Time spent performing research and attending educational, networking and career building professional activities is approximately 40 hours per week.

Each GSRM position is considered employment. Completion of work hours and assignments are required to receive up to $5,500 for the summer.
Housing on the University of Utah campus will be provided.
Non-local participants will receive travel support.

Must be a U.S. citizen and a member of an underrepresented minority group (as defined by the National Institutes of Health). We particularly encourage the participation of women, individuals from underrepresented and disadvantaged minority groups, and individuals with disabilities. Applicants must have completed their sophomore year before joining our GSRM program.
Students will be selected based on eligibility, submission of complete application package and recommendation from the selection committee. All applicants will be notified by March 20, 2019 regarding acceptance.
Gloria Slattum, PhD
Program Coordinator

Sophomore Rise Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Experience – FUNDING

Sophomore Rise Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Experience
Available to all current sophomores, second-year students, non-continuous and/or returning sophomore students, or transfer students entering their sophomore year.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. 
Put your ideas into action with a Deeply Engaged Learning award! Learn by solving problems, collaborating with peers, and studying with professors and advisers who are passionate about the issues you care about. Apply for an Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Learning award to maximize your education today.
Students who apply will be eligible to receive a one $1,000 Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Learning award, to be used specifically for your chosen project, activity or internship. Students are limited to one award. Projects should be completed in 2 consecutive semesters. Applicants must be a current sophomore, second-year student, non-continuous and/or returning sophomore student, or transfer student entering their sophomore year.
Proposals could include:

Learning Abroad Opportunity
Alternative Fall/Spring Break
Attending a Conference
Academic Project



Supplemental Questions

Project Description (minimum 500 to maximum 700 words. PDF file only)
Please submit a description of your experience, project or activity.
Reflection Paper (minimum 500 to maximum 700 words. PDF file only)
Please submit a one-page reflection on how this project, experience, or activity is related to your undergraduate goals.
Semester(s) for which you are requesting support (limit: 2 semesters):
Please submit the name and email address of a University of Utah faculty reference that can speak to how your proposal relates to and supports your academic work. Your reference will be emailed and asked to type a letter of support on your behalf when you provide their name and email in the space provided.
If selected as a recipient of the Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Learning Experience Award, your funds will be administered through the University of Utah Financial Aid & Scholarship office. Processing through the Financial Aid & Scholarship office will ensure the prompt and automatic transfer of funds directly to your student account. Please note: if you have an unpaid tuition balance, this award will be applied to your tuition, fees, and other outstanding educational expenses. In the event that all your tuition costs have been paid, Income Accounting will refund the amount of this award to the payee on your account. It is the recipient’s responsibility to make any necessary arrangements to ensure the awarded funds are applied to the project. Future funds may be jeopardized if the recipient does not adhere to this responsibility.

Please see: https://utah.academicworks.com/opportunities/10370 to submit an application.

College of Science Research Opportunities Event

Interested in starting your undergraduate research career? The College of Science and In-Stem are hosting a peer to peer mentoring event focused on helping you learn how to get involved in research. There will be resume workshops, tips on emailing/meeting sign PIs, and info on how to get paid! 11/8 | 12-2 pm | CSC 206

URES – Writing Abstracts Rescheduled for 10/30/2018

**UPDATE – The URES session on Writing Abstracts has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30th from 11 – 12 in Sill 120.  
This is the same day of the week and time, so I hope the re-scheduling does not impact your ability to attend.
Thank you for your understanding.  I hope you are all taking care of yourselves in this difficult time for the campus community.**
Due to last night’s tragic event on campus, the Undergraduate Research Education Series event on Writing Abstracts is cancelled today.  Please take care of yourselves.

CSBS UROP Proposal Writing Workshop




Last chance to review your UROP proposal before the November 2 submission deadline!
Join the iNterdisciplinary EXchange for Utah Science (NEXUS) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for a short undergraduate writing workshop  on Monday, October 29 from 4:00-5:00 PM in Gardner Commons, Suite 3380. Come prepared with project ideas or a draft of your UROP proposal.
Refreshments will be served. 
For more information, please contact NEXUS Graduate Assistant Jory Lerback at jory.lerback@utah.edu or Program Coordinator Lara Bauer atlara.bauer@csbs.utah.edu.


Summer Research Programs & REU Workshop

On Monday, Oct. 29th from 11:45 – 12:45 in Sill 116, the Undergraduate Research Leaders will be hosting a workshop on Summer Research Programs and REUs.
In this special session, the Undergraduate Research Leaders will be discussing the numerous summer programs available to undergraduates.  Summer research programs take place at many institutions across the nation and abroad, are often paid, and provide important networking opportunities.  Learn how to find, apply, and decide on the right summer research program for you. Refreshments Provided.
(Note: This session does not count towards the UROP URES Requirement)

Sydney Stephens honored by American Society of Mammalogists!

UROP student Sydney Stephens recently received an undergraduate honoraria from the American Society of Mammalogists.  Congratulations, Sydney!

Travel Awards Available for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is seeking abstracts for presentation and inviting applications for travel awards. 
Undergraduates, postbaccalureates, and terminal level master’s students are invited to showcase their research by submitting abstracts for presentation. The abstract submission deadline is September 7th.
Travel funds are available to eligible undergraduates and postbaccalaureates students who submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation. The deadline to apply for a travel award is August 22nd.
ABRCMS is one of the nation’s largest STEM conferences for underrepresented minority students. Over the four days, more than 2,000 students present their research, explore over 380 exhibit booths, participate in cutting edge scientific sessions and network with faculty and peers from across the nation. Research faculty provide the students with valuable feedback by serving as presentation judges and play an essential role in mentoring students and learning strategies for facilitating student success. 
Questions? Contact abrcms@asmusa.org

Fulbright Info Sessions, Workshops, & Peer Review Sessions

Fulbright: Research, Study and Teaching Grants for U.S.
Fulbright provides grants for U.S. students wishing to perform research, teach English, or study in a foreign country – please join us to learn more about this prestigious opportunity. Open to graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Information Session
Monday, June 25, 10 am – 11 am, 116 Sill Center
Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Workshops
Research Statement: Monday, July 16, 10 am – 11 am, 116 Sill Center
Personal Statement: Wednesday, July 18, 3 pm – 4 pm, 116 Sill Center
Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Peer Review Sessions Peer Review Session**: Wednesday, July 11, 2 pm – 3 pm, 116 Sill Center Peer Review Session**: Tuesday, August 14, 10 am – 11 am, 116 Sill Center
**If attending a peer review session, please bring a draft of an essay to
workshop with peers.
Please direct questions to: Professor Howard Lehman, Fulbright Program Director: howard.lehman@poli-sci.utah.edu, or Jolyn Schleiffarth, FPA: Jolyn.s@utah.edu

Congratulations, Alex Cipro, Julia Vonessen, and Billy Finlay! Undergrads Present at U Research Reproducibility Conference

Linguistics undergraduate students presented at the University of Utah Research Reproducibility Conference. These students presented their replication studies, developed in Professor Rachel Hayes-Harb’s Seminar course. Congratulations Billy Finlay, Julia Vonessen, and Alex Cipro!
If you would like more information about this conference please visit- http://campusguides.lib.utah.edu/UtahRR18

Brianna Milot and myrtle spurge featured in a SLTrib article.

Read the Salt Lake Tribune article about the noxious plant that Brianna Milot, a recent UROP student, studied HERE.

Undergraduate Research Education Series Summer 2018 Schedule is Posted

The schedule for the Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Education Series has been posted! The URES is a series of educational events on topics of interest to undergraduate student researchers and their faculty mentors. These events are open to all and are designed specifically with undergraduate students in mind.
The Summer 2018 URES schedule includes the following events:

Date & Time

Wed, May 16 | 1:00 – 2:00pm
Doing Library Research
Donna Ziegenfuss
MLib 1150

Fri, May 25 | 11:15 – 12:15pm
Technology & Venture Commercialization
Chris Tihansky & Beth Drees
MLib 1150

Fri, Jun 1 | 10:30 – 11:30am
The Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Sarah Mumford
MLib 1150

Mon, Jun 4 | 11:00 – 12:00pm
Responsible Conduct of Research
James Tabery
MLib 1150

Tue, Jun 12 | 11:00 – 12:00pm
Research Reproducibility
Tisha Mentnech
MLib 1150

Thu, Jun 21 | 1:30 – 2:30pm
Writing an Abstract
Christie Toth
MLib 1150

Wed, Jun 27 | 11:30 – 1:00pm
Citation Management Workshop
Lorelei Rutledge
MLib 1150

Mon, Jul 2 | 10:15 – 11:15am
Literature Reviews
Jenny Andrus
MLib 1150

Tue, Jul 10 | 1:15 – 2:15pm
Images in Scientific Writing
David Belnap
MLib 1150

Mon, Jul 16 | 12:00 – 1:30pm
Creating Effective Research Posters
Taylor Sparks
MLib 1150

Thu, Jul 26 | 11:30 – 12:30pm
Translating Your Research to a General Audience
Dustin Stokes
MLib 1150

Download Summer 2018 URES Schedule

For more information about the Undergraduate Research Education Series (URES), visit the URES event page at our.utah.edu/events/ures or the OUR Calendar at our.utah.edu/calendar.

Tyler McDaniel, Former OURA Winner, Published in Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research

Tyler McDaniel has been engaged in research throughout his studies at the University of Utah. He is a two-time UROP Scholar, has presented at the URS, UCUR & NCUR, and is the College of Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award winner of 2015. As of April 2018, Tyler’s undergraduate thesis, titled “Using Random Forests to Describe Equity in Higher Education: A Critical Quantitative Analysis of Utah’s Postsecondary Pipelines” and focusing on educational equity pathways in Utah, was published by the Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research. Tyler’s thesis has been supervised by his faculty mentor Dr. Erin Castro, the director and co-founder of the University of Utah Prison Education Project and assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. In addition, Tyler has been accepted into the PhD program in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University.
Congratulations, Tyler! We look forward to all of the amazing things that you are working towards.

Read Tyler’s undergraduate thesis, “Using Random Forests to Describe Equity in Higher Education,” online in the Bulter Journal of Undergraduate Research at digitalcommons.butler.edu/bjur/vol4/iss1/10.

Getting involved in any of our programs (including those listed above such as UROP, the URS, UCUR, NCUR, the Outstanding Researcher Award, or any of our other programming) begins with an appointment with one of our excellent undergraduate research advisors. Make an appointment online at our.utah.edu/for-students/getting-started/undergraduate-research-advising!

NIH-funded GURU program launches at the U!

The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) is launching GURU, 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, Education, Nursing, Fine Arts, Health, Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and many others.
Flyers with program and application information are below and attached.
For any questions, please contact Jim Tabery, james.tabery@utah.edu, 801-581-8362.

Stuart Loertscher, Research Leader, Featured in Student Innovation @ the U

Stuart Loertscher, OUR Undergraduate Research Leader, was recently featured in the “Student Innovation @ the U” report published by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. Stuart discusses how his biomechanics research at the U allows him to simulate the human heart and the conditions that lead to heart attack and cardiovascular disease.
Congratulations, Stuart!

Read the whole article in the 2018 “Student Innovation @ the U” report at lassonde.utah.edu/simulations-of-the-heart
For more information about the Undergraduate Research Leader program, please visit our.utah.edu/about-our/undergraduate-research-leaders.

International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (IJURCA)

The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (IJURCA) is taking submissions!
IJURCA is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors. The Journal accepts submissions of research articles, fiction, poetry, photography, videos, and other creative works from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines. Each submission must be the original work of at least one undergraduate student with at least one faculty mentor, although the work may be submitted shortly after the student(s) has graduated.
For more information or to submit your work, please visit: https://commons.pacificu.edu/ijurca.

Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awardees

The Office of Undergraduate Research is excited to announce the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awardees!:

Carissa Pollock (Prof. Ryan Smith) | ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING
Taylor Dove (Prof. Davidson Heath) | BUSINESS
Valeria Jimenez (Profs. Edmund Fong and Jesus Valero) | CULTURAL & SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
Elaine Cooke (Prof. Melodie Weller) | DENTISTRY
Carlie Haacke (Prof. Lauren Liang) | EDUCATION
Jayden Plumb (Prof. Ashley Spear) | ENGINEERING
Cece Otto (Prof. Robert Scott Smith) | FINE ARTS
Nikol Yonemura (Prof. Micah Drummond) | HEALTH
Gemma Clark (Prof. Jennifer Weidhaas) | HONORS
Lydia Morley (Prof. Matt Haber) | HUMANITIES
Abbie Ireland (Prof. Trudy Oliver) | MEDICINE
Silvia Padilla (Prof. Michael Simpson) | MINES & EARTH SCIENCES
Jia “Janny” Liu (Prof. Jacqueline Eaton) | NURSING
Zachary Barber (Prof. Hamid Ghandehari) | PHARMACY
Elom Amematsro (Prof. Sophie Caron) | SCIENCE
Hannah Samowitz (Prof. Monisha Pasupathi) | SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Lauren Brocious (Prof. Caren Frost) | SOCIAL WORK

These incredible undergraduate research students were nominated by their faculty mentors in conjunction with their colleges and schools for their commitment to developing research skills, their active participation in research-related activities on campus, and their positive contributions to their department, college, and University as a whole. Congratulations to these student researchers!

For more information about the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, past winners, and nominating future awardees, please visit our.utah.edu/for-students/outstanding-undergraduate-researcher-award.

Jordan Johnson, UROP Scholar, Presents at Research Leader Luncheon

Jordan Johnson presenting at the Research Leadership Luncheon.
Jordan Johnson presenting at Research on Capitol Hill.
Jordan Johnson, current UROP Scholar, gave a presentation about his research in Engineering as well as his experience at Research on Capitol Hill at the Research Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Jordan’s research with Faculty Mentor Frank Sachse focuses on visualization of the cardiac conduction system in microscopy-guided pediatric heart surgery.
Congratulations, Jordan!

For more information about becoming a UROP Scholar, please visit our.utah.edu/urop.
For more information about Research on Capitol Hill (ROCH), please visit our.utah.edu/roch.

Funding Opportunity for Students – McMurrin Professorship

Student groups associated with academic programs are invited to submit nominations for the McMurrin Distinguished Visiting Professorship for the 2018-19 academic year.
The Undergraduate Council invites groups of students to submit a proposal to host the 2018-19 McMurrin Professorship. The McMurrin Professorship, named after the late Sterling M. McMurrin, Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Graduate School is designed to support an event that provides an academic focus on an area or question that is of paramount concern to undergraduate students. Interdisciplinary applications as well as those more centered in an individual discipline are welcomed. The funds ($7,500) can be used to support a variety of types of events that would bring academic attention to a topic of broad interest to students. They might be used to bring a teacher/scholar/ artist to campus for a period of two or three days, to fund a set of panel discussions, or a combination of panel discussions, presentations, or film screenings or creative performances. While the focus of the event should be a topic of interest to undergraduate students, we hope it will be of interest to the broader University community as well. A variety of formats is possible, but the primary audience for the McMurrin Professorship must be undergraduates. 
To be eligible to receive these funds, the student group must identify a faculty advisor who will be working with them throughout the duration of the Professorship.
To apply for the McMurrin Professorship please submit a 3-5 page proposal in which you present the area or question that will be the focus of the Professorship and provide evidence for its academic relevance to undergraduate students. Describe the types of activities that would be designed or speaker(s) that would be invited, and who (i.e, student names and contact information) would be involved in executing the event(s), including each student’s specific role(s). Finally, provide a preliminary budget for how the funds ($7,500) would be used and the plan to market the event broadly to undergraduate students. If the student group selected has a University account, the funds will be transferred to that account; if not, they will be transferred to an account under the faculty advisor’s control. Include a letter of commitment from the faculty advisor indicating their intention to be involved with the project for the duration of the Professorship.
Criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals include the following:

Evidence that the topic/focus is of broad interest to undergraduate students.
Evidence that the Professorship will have an impact beyond the parameters of the event(s).
Evidence that the activities of the Professorship are unique and not duplicative of other planned events on campus that focus on undergraduate education.
Discussion of how the Professorship fits within the four big goals of the University (https://president.utah.edu/universitystrategy/).

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact ann.darling@utah.edu or 801-581-3412.
Please send your proposals to Ann Blanchard (a.blanchard@ugs.utah.edu) at Undergraduate Studies, 132 Sill Center by Friday, April 6, 2018.   

Fulbright Scholarship Information Sessions

Fulbright: Research, Study and Teaching Grants for U.S. Students
Fulbright provides grants for U.S. students wishing to perform research, teach English, or study in a foreign country – please join us to learn more about this prestigious opportunity. Open to graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines. For more information click the flier below.

College of Social & Behavioral Science Student Research Day

Both graduate and undergraduate students in the college will be given the opportunity to showcase original research projects using poster presentations, and family and friends are encouraged to attend as well. A panel of faculty judges will evaluate the projects. Student researchers are expected to be in attendance during the main exhibition period on April 18th from 12:00-3:00 PM* (Awards ceremony to follow).  
Three cash prizes will be awarded for best posters in each of the graduate research and undergraduate research categories. The Student Choice Award will be given out to the student whose poster receives the most votes during the main exhibition period.
First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $100
Student Choice Award: $100
*Please note: if you are unavailable during the exhibition period, please contact Emily Jacoby at events@csbs.utah.edu and ask about scheduled time-slots. These slots are limited and will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis. 
For more information about requirements, please CLICK HERE.

Research as Art – Exhibit in HSEB – Jan 2018

Research as Art
Exhibit: January 2018
Art Gallery, Main Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Curated by Jody Rosenblatt, Vaiva Kulbokaite and Anne Martin
EHSL Display designed by Gage Baron, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
“Everyone has access to the beauties of the natural world that we see, however, scientists can sometimes have access to the underlying beauty we cannot see. Here, scientists from different disciplines throughout our campus have the opportunity to expose that world.”
This exhibit is based on the Research as Art competition held in 2016 at the University of Utah.  The curators started this competition borrowing from the Research Images as Art competition offered through the Slade School of Art within University College London, which covered all disciplines.  At the University of Utah, they decided to focus on science to provide a venue in which to tell several short stories about the breadth and depth of science research occurring at the U.
Jody Rosenblatt, B.A., Ph.D., is Professor of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah, Investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar and an H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair.  Her lab studies how epithelia—the tissue that coat and protect our body and all our organs—maintain constant cell numbers through cell death and cell division. They have found that mechanical forces control each process; when cells become too crowded, they extrude some cells that later die and when cells are too sparse stretch activates cells to rapidly divide. Extrusion is critical for regulating epithelial cell numbers, as aggressive metastatic cancers and asthma may result from defects in extrusion signaling. When she was a postdoctoral fellow at University College London, she was introduced to a Research Images as Art competition that the Slade Art school put on. The images on display are a similar attempt: the idea is to share the depth and breadth of research occurring at the University of Utah through its intrinsic beauty. Even diseased tissue has its own beauty and we would like to share the secrets that often only the researchers get to see.
Anne Martin, B.F.A. (Graphic Design), is a current Biosciences graduate student in the Neurobiology and Anatomy department here at the University of Utah. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia in 2005 and went on to work as a professional graphic designer for many years before entering graduate school in 2013 to study cell adhesion molecules and their role in synapse formation. Her passion is working to combine her two loves of science and design to improve visual communication in science. To that end, she currently teaches science design to graduate students through workshops and her blog at vizsi.com. She also enjoys communicating science through her neuroscience-based fine artwork which will be on display at Eccles Health Sciences Library in October 2018.
Vaiva Kulbokaite, M.Sc. (Biophysics), is a science outreach and popularization professional. Vaiva initiated and directed a pioneering science popularization non-profit in her home country Lithuania. Two of her projects were awarded the best science popularization audiovisuals prize.  A striking 1.5% of Lithuania is following her organization in social media. In 2015 Vaiva moved to Salt Lake City and established a local online network Science & Art Utah, and joined Dr. Jody Rosenblatt in organizing the Research as Art Contest.  Vaiva developed several science outreach programs for The Leonardo museum including hosting panel discussions and open lectures. At the moment she is transitioning to digital marketing services focusing on science, innovation, and culture.

Congratulations, Brett Reeder – Research Internship with Sandia National Laboratories

After his first UROP semester, Brett Reeder was awarded a research internship at Sandia National Laboratories.  He will be working in the Research and Applications of Mechanics of Structure (RAMS) Institute.  The RAMS Institute is a technical institute program for undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience and network at a national lab.  It is a multidisciplinary summer program which has many topics of interest including the simulation of shrapnel distribution during explosions and complex foams.  The institute mainly brings on students with backgrounds in solid mechanics, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, and mathematics. 
You can find more information on the internship program and institute here: http://www.sandia.gov/careers/students_postdocs/internships/institutes/rams.html
Well-done, Brett!

Elizabeth Gamarra, Former UROP Scholar, is Killing It

Elizabeth Gamarra took full advantage of the programs offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Elizabeth participated in UROP in the Summer and Fall of 2015, researching the resettlement experiences of children who entered the United States as refugees. The next spring, Elizabeth presented her research at both the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) and the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (UCUR) as well as published her research with Professor Joanna Bettmann Schaefer in the Undergraduate Research Journal. She is a two-time Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (OURA) winner in the College of Social Work and was awarded the Undergraduate Scholar Designation (URSD) upon her graduation in Spring 2016.
Rachel Hayes-Harb, director, and Elizabeth Gamarra at the OURA Luncheon (2016).
Elizabeth Gamarra and mentor, Professor Dena Ned at the OURA Luncheon (2015).
After graduation, Elizabeth has only continued to excel. Elizabeth is currently on a Fulbright Grant in Spain. She recently gave a TEDx talk in Salt Lake City titled “Human Mobility: A Uniting Journey of Perspectives” where she “challenges us to re-think how we treat immigrants and refugees.” Elizabeth is also the recipient of one of fifty worldwide Rotary International Peace Fellow sponsorships for a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution. This award will cover tuition, room & board, and language instruction at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.
Elizabeth writes: “I am grateful for making my UROP experience a memorable one. I am especially grateful for the time you took to guide me and opening doors to so many amazing researchers that I have had the honor of working with (in and outside my field).”
Congratulations on all of your good work, Elizabeth! We look forward to all of the amazing things that you are working towards.

Getting involved in any of our programs (including those listed above such as UROP, the URS, UCUR, the Outstanding Researcher Award, the URSD, or any of our other programming) begins with an appointment with one of our excellent undergraduate research advisors. Make an appointment online at our.utah.edu/for-students/getting-started/undergraduate-research-advising!

Apply for SPUR 2018 Now!

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) provides undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. The program provides opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of disciplines, including Biology, Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, School of Computing, and more
[bs_lead]The application for SPUR 2018 is now available online at our.utah.edu/spur/student-application.[/bs_lead]
Student applications are due Sunday, January 28, 2018 by 11:59pm. 

To learn more about SPUR 2018, please visit our.utah.edu/spur.

Mohan Sudabattula, Research Leader, Featured in @theU

Mohan Sudabattula with Vegesna Foundation students
Mohan Sudabattula, OUR Undergraduate Research Leader, was recently featured in the @theU Humans of the U Series. Mohan discusses how his volunteer work at Shriners Hospital for Children and a visit to an orphanage in India inspired him to create Project Embrace, a non-profit “dedicated to reducing global health inequalities” by collecting slightly used orthotic materials to reuse for communities in need abroad, and how that project fits into his academic plan.
Congratulations, Mohan!

Read the whole article in @theU at attheu.utah.edu/home-page/humans-of-the-u-mohan-sudabattula
Learn more about Project Embrace at projectembrace.org.
For more information about the Undergraduate Research Leader program, please visit our.utah.edu/about-our/undergraduate-research-leaders.

Teddy Anderson, UROP Scholar, Presents at Research Leadership Luncheon

Teddy Anderson presenting her work at the Research Leadership Luncheon.
Teddy Anderson, current UROP Scholar, presented her work titled “Examining the Outer Solar System Through Analysis of Telescope Data” with her mentor Dr. Ben Bromley at the Research Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, October 4.
Congratulations, Teddy!

For more information about becoming a UROP Scholar, please visit our.utah.edu/urop.

Undergraduate Researcher & Mentor Panel Presents Their Work

Undergraduate Researcher & Mentor Panel
The Office of Undergraduate Research recently invited five undergraduate student researcher and faculty mentor pairs to the Undergraduate Researcher & Mentor Panel at the annual Office of Undergraduate Studies Retreat on Friday, September 22, 2017. The focus of the 2017 Retreat was the value of a transformative undergraduate experience at a Research 1 university.
Undergraduate student researcher and faculty mentor pairs Allyson Berri and Caren Frost (Mentoring Refugee Youth: Creating a Learning Program for University Student Mentors), Teddy Anderson and Ben Bromley (Examining the Outer Solar System Through Analysis of Telescope Data), Glory Stanton and William Smith (‘Black Men Matter!’: Understanding the Biopsychosocial Effects of Black Men Living in White Communities), Jude Ruelas and Jared Rawlings (Transvocality and Transgender Identity Formation in the Context of Choral Education), and James Zhao and Lisa Joss-Moore (Postnatal Growth Restriction Causes Sex-Divergent Changes in Elastin Variant Expression in Rat Lung) gave great presentations on their work and their mentoring relationships. All student panelists are current or former UROP scholars.
Thanks to all panelists for their hard work and enthusiasm to share their projects!

U Student, Ethan Frehner, Discovers Impressive Badger Behavior

We are a little late to the party.  This discovery has already gone viral and become international news… But can we just revisit this amazing student and badger’s work?

For more information- 
UNews article: https://unews.utah.edu/a-badger-can-bury-a-cow-by-itself/
Published article: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/vol77/iss1/13/

Engineering Student Team and professor Jeff Bates create SHERO

Read more about how Jeff Bates and a team of engineering students created SHERO, a sustainable sanitary pad.  Featured HERE in Unews.  Congratulations, team!

Mohan Sudabattula, OUR Grant Awardee, Selected for Presentation & Publication

What an exciting day! We are down in Washington DC making our international debut at the 8th annual CUGH conference with our fellow colleagues in global health from Duke University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, and John Hopkins just to name a few! We can’t wait to see what the next few days have in store and are gearing up to present tomorrow! #CUGH2017 #PromoteHealth #ReduceWaste #GiveGlobalGood
A post shared by Project Embrace (@_projectembrace) on Apr 7, 2017 at 10:11am PDT

Mohan Sudabattula, OUR Travel Grant Awardee and Undergraduate Research Leader, was recently invited to present his research at the 8th Annual CUGH Conference in Washington, DC on April 7 – 9, 2017. This professional international conference is hosted by Columbia University, Stellenbosch University & the University of Peradeniya and focuses on developments in global health.
Mohan was one of only a handful of undergraduate students selected to present their research alongside fellow co-workers from Georgetown, Duke, Harvard, Stanford, et cetera.
In addition, Mohan was selected to be published in the annual publication titled “Annuals of Global Health.” This publication, formerly published as The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, is a peer-reviewed, hybrid Open Access Journal focused on global health. The Journal’s mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge of global health, promote research, and foster the prevention and treatment of disease worldwide by supporting open dissemination and lively discourse about a wide range of the most important topics in global health and medicine.
Mohan’s research is on his international medical non-profit, Project Embrace. As an organization, Project Embrace is dedicated to the reduction of global health inequalities and promotion of a healthy planet through the interception of mislabeled medical excess to be reused by patients in need across the globe.
Mohan notes that “the only reason why [he] was able to present at this conference was through the support of OUR via Travel Grant.”
Congratulations, Mohan!

View Mohan’s published paper, Project Embrace: A Non-Profit Providing Sustainable Medical Materials to Low and Middle Income Countries, online in the “Annals of Global Health” at sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214999617303181.
Learn more about Project Embrace at projectembrace.org.
For more information about OUR Travel & Small Grants, please visit our.utah.edu/for-students/travel-small-grants.

Kim Gabbitas, OUR Grant Awardee, Wins Publication & Travel Award

Kim Gabbitas and mentor Tobias Hofman.
Kim Gabbitas, OUR Travel Grant Awardee, recently presented her research on Trade Union Trade-Offs: Unions, Voters, and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism at the 15th Claremont-University of California Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union on April 6 – 7, 2017. This annual conference is hosted by the European Union Center of California at Scripps College and attended by students from universities all over the US and Canada.
Kim’s paper was selected as one of the best papers at the conference for publication in the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference Journal (an open access journal and compiles outstanding research papers by undergraduate students presented at the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union) by participating faculty discussants and the EU Center staff.
In addition, Kim is one of two recipients of a travel award sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence at UC Berkeley to participate in the five-day EU visit program in June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The program, which is coordinated by the Network of EU Centers of Excellence, gives students and teachers the opportunity to experience EU institutions and policymaking up close.
Kim’s conference paper develops a theoretical link between the declining influence of blue-collar unions and support for populist movements in European Union member states before statistically testing the empirical implications of her argument using European Values Survey data.
Kim’s research has been supervised by her faculty mentor, Dr. Tobias Hofmann, who also attended the conference as a volunteer panel chair, discussant, and judge. Kim and Dr. Hofmann acknowledge the generous support of the University of Utah’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Department of Political Science.
Congratulations, Kim!

View Kim’s award-winning paper, Trade Union Trade-Offs: Unions, Voters, and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism, online on The European Union Center of California, Scripps College website at eucenter.scrippscollege.edu/wp-content/uploads/files//2017/03/Trade-Union-Trade-Offs-.pdf
For more information about OUR Travel & Small Grants, please visit our.utah.edu/for-students/travel-small-grants

Undergraduate Research Leader, Nandini Deo, to speak at College of Humanities Convocation!

If you know Nandini, you know what a treasure she is.  And lucky for us, she was chosen to speak at the College of Humanities Convocation Friday, May 5 at 9 am!  Congratulations, Nandini!  We can’t wait to hear your wise and loving parting words next month.
For more information about Nandini, check out her bio on the Undergraduate Research Leaders page.

OUR Student, Ethan Lake, wins prestigious Hertz Fellowship

Ethan Lake is prolific.  Read more about his work here at the U and his recent award of the Hertz Fellowship HERE.

Travel scholarships, presentation opportunities for 2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

The 2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, October 19-21, 2017. SACNAS is now accepting applications for undergraduate travel scholarships and research presentations!
Travel scholarship applications are due by April 14, 5:00 PM PST. Visit the conference travel scholarships webpage for more information, including details and resources on how to best prepare your application, and eligibility information.
Research presentation applications are due by April 28, 5:00 PM PST. Visit the conference research presentation webpage for more information, including details on preparing and submitting your application, selection criteria, and eligibility information.
Both programs require you to be a SACNAS member before submitting your application. Visit the SACNAS membership webpage for information on dues and benefits. Additionally, students may choose to participate in the University of Utah’s local SACNAS chapter.
Have questions about these programs? For questions about travel scholarships, visit the travel scholarships webpage or contact travelscholarships@sacnas.org. For questions about research presentations, visit the research presentation webpage or contact presentations@sacnas.org.

Announcing the 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awardees

The Office of Undergraduate Research is excited to announce the 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awardees!:

Sara Ference (Prof. Elpitha Tsoutsounakis); Architecture + Planning
Heidi Qin (Prof. Dolores Delgado Bernal); Cultural and Social Transformation
Carol Castaneda (Prof. Mary Burbank); Education
Benjamin Gilmore (Prof. Taylor Sparks); Engineering
Ali Mitchell (Prof. Monty Paret); Fine Arts
Shantae George (Prof. Heather Hayes); Health
Samantha Duzy (Prof. Michael Gills); Honors
Eve Olson (Prof. Rachel Hayes-Harb); Humanities
Caroline Wang (Prof. Catherine Loc-Carillo); Medicine
Nicholas Thiros (Prof. Diego Fernandez); Mines & Earth Sciences
Kyle McDougle (Prof. Lauren Clark); Nursing
Annwin Chen (Prof. Amy Barrios; Pharmacy)
Kai Sin (Prof. Aikio Kamimura); Social & Behavioral Sciences
Amanda Bischoff (Prof. Matthew Sigman); Science
Rose Gomez (Prof. Jason Castillo); Social Work

These incredible undergraduate research students were nominated by their faculty mentors in conjunction with their colleges and schools for their commitment to developing research skills, their active participation in research-related activities on campus, and their positive contributions to their department, college, and University as a whole. Congratulations to these student researchers!

For more information about the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, past winners, and nominating future awardees, please visit our.utah.edu/for-students/outstanding-undergraduate-researcher-award

Welcome Megan Shannahan, the OUR’s New Undergraduate Research Advisor

The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce that Megan Shannahan has joined  our team!
Megan is a cat person, and has a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University and work experience in undergraduate research administration at Grand Valley State University and at Michigan State University. Most recently, she was an academic program coordinator in the College of Engineering Dean’s Office here at the U.
 Among other things, Megan will be working on our new summer program, our mentor development program, and student outreach.
Please stop by our office to welcome Megan to the OUR.

UCUR Presenter, Ashley Chin-Mark, writes about her experience

Ashley Chin-Mark reflects on her experience performing her choreography at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research.  Click HERE to read the full blog post.
Nice job, Ashley!

Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Integration’s 1st Annual Symposium

Dear Students,
We are pleased to announce the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration’s (CRMRI) first Research Symposium. This Research Symposium will be held in the College of Social Work/Goodwill Humanitarian Building in room 155-A at the University of Utah on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 8:30 – 3:00 pm.
We would like to invite you to participate by submitting an abstract for a poster presentation.  The abstract will be 200 words and describe your research in working on issues around refugee and/or immigrant integration.  Please see that attached poster template. Please contact Delva Hommes delva.hommes@socwk.utah.edu with your poster submission.  The submissions are due March 13 and the acceptance letter will be emailed by March 20. The posters will be presented from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on March 31. 
Current Trends in Research
DATE:  Friday, March 31, 2017
TIME:   8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
PLACE: Goodwill Humanitarian Building
College of Social Work
395 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
ROOM: Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-A)
COST:  No cost
4.5 CEU (education credits)
Continental breakfast served at 8:30 am and lunch at noon.
Registration link: https://umarket.utah.edu/um2/ucjc/
Last day to register – March 24
150 guests accepted
We would be honored if you would consider presenting a poster and look forward to hearing from you.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the event.
Caren J. Frost, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration
College of Social Work
University of Utah
395 S 1500 E room 208
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
(801) 581-5287 (o)

OUR Student Michael Zhao receives Churchill Scholarship

Congratulations, Michael Zhao, on receiving the Churchill Scholarship!  For more information about Michael Zhao, click HERE.