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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
CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON MIGRATION AND REFUGEE INTEGRATION’S 1st ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
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.
Always,
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.
 


Welcome the OUR’s New Administrative Assistant – Katie Sexton

Please join us in welcoming our new Administrative Assistant, Katie Sexton!  Katie will be joining the Office of Undergraduate Research team on February 17, 2017. We look forward to working with Katie, who brings remarkable talent and style, to our team.
Welcome, Katie!


Article about Women in Physics in @ the U!

U students and faculty attend a conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Click HERE to read the full article in @ the U!  


Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration Research Symposium Announcement

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 contact Delva Hommes delva.hommes@socwk.utah.edu with your poster submission.
 
SYMPOSIUM AGENDA:
8:30     Continental breakfast
9:00     Keynote speaker
10:00   Panel Presentations
11:00   Student Posters
12:00   Lunch
1:00     Breakout Network sessions
2:00     Education Conclusions
2:30     EndNote speaker
3:00     Dismiss
 
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.
 
Always,
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)
 


Undergraduate Research Leader in the News!

One of our brilliant Undergraduate Research Leaders, Mohan Sudabattula, has been highlighted in today’s @theU.
 
Click HERE to read more about Mohan’s non-profit Project Embrace .


Summer Research Programs with the American Physiological Society (APS)

APS is proud to offer five programs that allow undergraduate students to participate in research during the summer. Recipients of the Society’s five summer fellowship programs spend an average of 10 weeks in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member.
Each program recruits undergraduate students nationwide (worldwide for the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship and the Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship), and some are geared toward providing research experiences to a wide range of students—including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and students with disabilities—to work with APS member-researchers in a specific area of physiological research.
Participants are selected based on academic merit, the quality of the proposed experience and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors. Each Fellow receives a stipend plus additional funds for travel to present his or her research at a scientific meeting. Research hosts receive funds for student lab supplies.
Fellows participate in hands-on research and learn to develop a hypothesis, design and troubleshoot experiments, collect and analyze data, and write and present results.
For more information visit: http://www.the-aps.org/summerresearch.aspx


Two Summer REU Programs at University of Alabama Birmingham: SIBS and PARAdiGM

Both of these programs introduce outstanding undergraduates to the exciting career options of being a scientific investigator while also being a practicing physician. Eligible students may apply to both programs.
These two eight week programs are held concurrently from June 1-July 28, 2017. Students will receive stipends and free on-campus housing but will be responsible for their own meals, for travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses. 
Students in both programs will be introduced to the concept of scientific research, principles of scientific experimentation, the proper methods of data analysis, the interpretation, presentation, and translational applications of research results, and to clinicians who practice at academic medical centers.
Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is February 15, 2017.
Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program http://www.uab.edu/medicine/sibs/
Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give talented undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research. This experience should help students make well informed decisions about future career plans.  Previous research experience is not required. We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. We accept fifteen students per summer into this program. We expect applicants to SIBS to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework. We anticipate that successful candidates will typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas. 
 
Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) http://www.uab.edu/medicine/paradigm/
The PARAdiGM program focuses on undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and offers the opportunity to participate in the program for two summers. In addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their research results. The students will also receive instruction in essay writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further postgraduate training in graduate and medical education. Previous research experience is not required in order to apply.  The PARAdiGM program is especially useful for students who do not have local access to biomedical research and/or academic physician-scientist role models. 
 
You can learn more about SIBS and PARAdiGM at our websites or by contacting Robin Lorenz at rlorenz@uabmc.edu,  or Jackie Bennett at jackiebennett@uab.edu


Undergraduate Student Summer Research Opportunity – NAC (National Astronomy Consortium)

About the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC)
The NAC program is led by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated Universities Inc., (AUI) in partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), and a number of minority and majority universities to increase the numbers of students from underrepresented* and underserved groups and those otherwise overlooked by the traditional academic pipeline into STEM or STEM-related careers.
The National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) is an innovative, competitive program designed to provide research opportunities, and long-term mentoring support, to underrepresented students in STEM fields. The NAC program expands upon the traditional summer research experience by creating an expectation of long-term mentoring, along with engagement in a strong, national-level peer and mentor network. NAC students are selected for grit* and are partnered with world-class scientists, engineers, technicians, and other professionals, for research activities that extend beyond the summer into the academic year. Peer mentoring and support is an important component of the NAC, and is fostered through placement in thoughtfully-developed cohorts at leading observatories and universities.
Highlights of the program include:
·         Summer, and extended, research experience
·         In 2017, NAC sites include NRAO-Charlottesville, NRAO-Socorro, Princeton University, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
·         Summer stipend, and travel assistance
·         Long-term mentoring
·         Academic and professional development
·         Year-round, monthly virtual ‘hangouts’ to maintain peer support and continue professional development
·         Weekly cohort meetings during summer
·         Participation in American Astronomical Society winter meeting
·         Participation in annual NAC Workshop at Howard University
·         Opportunities to present research to prominent members of professional societies, universities, and governmental agencies
See the Program flyer for additional information.
Application information can be found at https://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/student-programs/nac/2015-nac-application


Hinckley Journal of Politics is now taking Submissions!

As one of the nation’s only undergraduate run political science journals, this proves an excellent opportunity to boost your CV and prepare for graduate school or post-undergraduate employment.
Papers from all academic disciples are accepted.


Congratulations Francis Foundation and Undergraduate Advancement Awardees

Click HERE to see the 2016-2017 list of Francis Family Foundation and Undergraduate Advancement Awardees.


Congratulations Fall 2016 UROP Awardees

Click HERE to see list of Fall 2016 UROP students and their project titles!


New Mines & Earth Sciences Dean – Darryl Butt

New Mines & Earth Sciences Dean Darryl Butt serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. 
Learn more about the journal here.
Learn more about Dean Butt here.


HCI Research Opportunity for Underrepresented/Disadvantaged Undergraduate Students

The below information is about a program offered through the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  This program is not associated with the Office of Undergraduate Research, so make sure to reach out to the contact listed below for any additional information.  Participation in this program does not exclude students from participation in any OUR programs.

HCI Research Opportunity for Undergraduate Students
The PathMaker Research Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute is recruiting students for this academic year research experience positions. Students will be matched and placed in cancer research labs where they will become a member of the research team and be exposed to the excitement of state-of-the-art biomedical research in the basic, clinical and population sciences. The research experience will go thought the remainder of this academic year with a maximum of 20 hrs/wk of work.
 This program is specifically for students who are of an underrepresented minority or disadvantaged background.
Students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated interest in the health sciences.
Students will be selected on a competitive basis. 
Compensation is provided. Academic credit may be available.
Please contact Anna Reineke (anna.reineke@hci.utah.edu) if you are interested in joining a research lab or if you have any questions regarding eligibility.


Call for Papers: UCUR 2017

For more information about UCUR, click here.


OUR student posters on display in the Marriott Library

Stop by the first floor of the Marriott Library to see University of Utah students’ research posters.  Down the hall north of the cafe.
Students who presented and the 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium donated their research posters for display.  This is a great way to see what a research poster looks like and to get more familiar with the research here on campus!


Congratulations Summer 2016 UROP Awardees

Congratulations to the Summer 2016 UROP awardees!  Students from various disciplines around the University of Utah campus wrote fantastic research proposals to compete for our funded research program.  These students are all engaged in some amazing work around campus.  We are extremely proud to be able to work with such impressive students and mentors.
 
Click HERE to see a list of awardees and projects titles.


OUR student Georgie Corkery in the news!

University of Utah and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program student Georgie Corkery has been working with iUtah to produce a more efficient way to grow vegetables.  iUtah is an NSF funded research group with 18 students at various Utah institutions who work together with various faculty to conduct research projects.  This interdisciplinary group is really impressive!
Click HERE to read more about Georgie Corkery and iUtah’s project farming without soil!


UROP Students at the U’s Asia Campus

The University of Utah and the Office of Undergraduate Research are proud to be able to offer research programming to students at the University of Utah’s Asia Campus!  These students work with a faculty mentor to conduct a research project in Songdo International City, Incheon South Korea and compete with other University of Utah students to be a part of our funded research program.
 
Click here to read an article about UROP students at the U’s Asia Campus and their research project!
 
 


Article about an OUR student, Hannah Hendrickson’s project

Click here to read about one of the OUR’s students, Hannah Hendrickson, and her project to help homeless patients remember their medical appointments.  Congratulations, Hannah, on an excellent project!