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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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)

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!

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.
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.
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)

Research Internship – Office for Inclusive Excellence

Are you interested in issues of diversity and inclusion as they relate to campus climate? Do you have a background in qualitative research, or would like some practical experience conducting qualitative research?
The Office for Inclusive Excellence is looking for research interns to fill a seasonal opportunity for the 2017 Spring semester.
Research interns will be responsible for:
• Interpreting & coding qualitative data (focus group transcripts)
• Some transcription
• Data management (Nvivo)
• Literature review(s)
• Completed at least one research methods course focused on qualitative research
• Completed at least one course focused diversity, social inequity, social justice and/or
inclusion in education, or a related topic.
Additional Skills:
• Strong communication skills & ability to work collaboratively on a team
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision
• Desire to learn
Interns will receive a $500 stipend for the semester. They will be expected to attend weekly research team meetings and conduct 8 hours of research related tasks per week.
To apply for a research internship:
Email a current CV or resume, as well as a cover letter detailing your relevant academic and work experience to Belinda Otukolo Saltiban at b.otukolo@utah.edu
Deadline for application is January 16, 2017

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Germany

DAAD RISE offers undergraduate students from North American and British universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions.
Click HERE for more details and to apply for a research internship by January 15, 2017.

Research: Where Can It Take You – Panel Discussion with Learning Abroad, Hinckley, and the OUR

Come to the panel discussion about the Office of Undergraduate Research, Hinckley Institute, and Learning Abroad research programs.  Learn how and why you should get involved!  
Wednesday, January 18th from 12 – 1:30 pm in Union 319

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

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Information Session
For graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 10 am – 11 am, Union Den
Facilitated by Howard Lehman

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

Vitae 2016 – U Investigators and Their Research Event

Vitæ is an annual event to highlight investigators and their pioneering research. This event underscores the excellence of our departments, their chairs and their faculty in recruiting and mentoring.
When: Thursday, December 8, 3:30–5 p.m.
Where: Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG) 1st Floor Auditorium
Vitæ 2016 speakers: Adam Bress, Danny Chou, Tracy Frech, Michelle Mendoza, Adam Spivak, and K-T Varley, representing the departments of Population Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Internal Medicine, and Oncological Sciences.

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.

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!

Interested in 3D printing?

We have a new opportunity in the database that involves 3D printing!
3D printing fossil ammonite shells for hydrodynamic experiments
And there are resources on campus to help train you in 3D printing software:
A training series through the Marriott Library  and access to a teach yourself software.
Please let the OUR know if we can help you with any of these opportunities!

Interested in Learning Abroad?

Follow this link to view Learning Abroad opportunities that include a research component.

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!


The Marriott Library is hosting the Second Annual Symposium on Emerging Technology Trends in Higher Education!
Abstracts for presentations (25 min.), lightning rounds (5-10 min.), and panel discussions (50 min.) are currently being accepted until December 18, 2015. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts that address trends, challenges, or developments related to the conference theme or a theme identified by the 2015 NMC Horizon Report and a current activity or project in which they are involved. Authors will be notified of acceptance no later than January 22, 2016.
Click HERE for the full Call For Papers and to submit and abstract.

OUR’s Partnership with the Marriott Library

Click here to read about the OUR’s partnership with several amazing librarians here at the U’s Marriott Library!

Student Grant Opportunity – Linguistics

The next deadline for student research grants through L2TReC is October 15th!
L2TReC provides a limited number of Student Research Grants to help fund research projects that address second language acquisition or second language teaching.
 For more information and the application, click the following link:  http://l2trec.utah.edu/news/studentresearchgrant15.php

Call For Papers – Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Students! Present your research at this annual statewide conference! Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit.
Submission Deadline: October 30, 2015
Submission Info: UCUR.org

Click HERE to submit your abstract!
Please see the UCUR 2016 flyer and visit the UCUR 2016 page for more details about the conference.

The OUR’s new location

Announcing the new location of the OUR!
The Office of Undergraduate Research has moved downstairs in the Sill Center to rooms 003, 004, and 005. You can get to us from any entrance to the building.
The easiest route is to enter from the North West corner of the building on the bottom floor. Our offices are along the right side of the hall.
The ADA accessible entrance is through the main entrance to the Sill Center on the top floor on the West side of the building and down the elevator. Our offices are immediately visible from the elevator hallway on the bottom floor.
Anyone in the Sill Center will be happy to direct you to our offices, if you cannot find them, though.

Apply to be an Undergraduate Research leader!

Student Leaders Needed!
Represent the OUR! Be influential on campus! Develop professional and leadership skills!  Create a Learning Portfolio with the support of the OUR!
The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking undergraduate students to serve on the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Leaders team.  Students selected will be hired as OUR employees at a rate of $10/hour for 2 – 10 hours a week, depending on program needs.
The UR Leaders will assist the office and promote undergraduate student research through several activities:

Office outreach on campus
Student recruitment
Student engagement
Peer advising
Program development

UR Leaders will also create a Learning Portfolio at the end of their Leaders experience.
The application deadline has been extended to May 8, 2016!
See the UR Leaders page for more information and then click here to apply!

New Web Page!

Welcome to our new web page. We hope you find it informative and easy to navigate. If you have any problems or questions, please contact us at our@utah.edu.

Research on Capitol Hill

Utah State Capitol Building, January 26, 2016
University of Utah undergraduate students present their research to Utah state legislators.  Look for online application in September 2015.
Spencer Taylor
Hillary Smith

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Eastern Washington University, April 17-18, 2015
Twenty-nine University of Utah undergraduate students will present at NCUR 2015!

Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research

Dixie State University, February 27, 2015
Thirty-nine University of Utah undergraduate students will present at UCUR 2015! Congratulations to all on your hard work!

Welcome, Stephanie!

We are pleased to welcome Stephanie Shiver, our new undergraduate research advisor. To make an appointment with Stephanie, please call or e-mail her at:801-587-2189 | stephanie.shiver@utah.edu