Undergraduate Research Education Series

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers 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. Click here to download the Fall 2018 URES flier.

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The Fall 2018 Undergraduate Research Education Series includes the following events:

Doing Library Research: Strategies & Tools

WED, AUG 29 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Sill 120
presented by Donna Ziegenfuss

In this session, you will learn how to navigate the Marriott Library’s online resources and how to efficiently do library research. You will be introduced to many library resources relevant to your individual field of research including field-specific journals and citation management tools. This seminar is useful for students at any point in their project and can be revisited as online resources continue to develop.

Student feedback from this session:

  • "Very relevant to the topics we are searching & UROP as a whole. Made me more aware of the resources & tools available to me for UROP and classes as well. Very useful!"
  • "We learned a lot of info that could be very beneficial and save lots of time when doing research."
  • "Very insightful with lots of important research methods, tools, & techniques."
Data Management

THU, SEP 13 | 3:15 - 4:15pm | Sill 120
presented by Daureen Nesdill

Effective data management is not intuitive.  In this seminar, you will learn about basic issues with data management (e.g. naming files, file storage, etc.) and you will be directed to useful data management resources.  As everyone who is doing research deals with some kind of data, this seminar is relevant to all researchers.

Research Reproducibility

MON, SEP 24 | 12:30 - 1:30pm | Sill 120
presented by Tisha Mentnech

In this session, you will learn about the issues surrounding research reproducibility: what it is, why it is important, and how it might impact your research moving forward. This is a newer concern in the research community and so you will be on the forefront of a growing discussion. This session will be useful for anyone doing research, especially if you have not been introduced to this topic yet.

Student Feedback

  • "I would recommend this session to other students because research reproducibility isn't something I have heard about a lot about so I learned a lot. I really liked how she showed us various websites that we can use to ensure reproducibility."
  • "Not only did she teach us about reproducibility and what it is, but she pulled up multiple resources that we have access to to help maintain reproducibility."
  • "I think it is absolutely vital to properly understand reproducibility in research."
Personal Statements

FRI, OCT 19 | 1:30 - 2:30 | Sill 120
presented by Ann Engar

In this session, you will learn about what content goes into an effective personal statement and how to structure your personal statement.  Personal statements are necessary for graduate, medical, and professional school applications, as well as for many job applications.  This seminar will be useful to students at any point in their education

Student Feedback

  • "Excellent presentation. Loved the transparent no nonsense delivery. Loved the interactive activity - rethinking stories - unique perspective. This personal statement is very difficult! Thank you for getting me in the right headspace to conquer grad school apps! I want to be friends with this speaker. Also I love seeing all the women in research in an educational series lecture conducting by a woman who is obviously accomplished and a good example. So encouraging."
  • "Very important for each individual planning to write a personal statement at any point. Good exploration into the process behind the writing as well as the execution and review." "I like how she went over other peoples' statements and talked about what was good or what was bad. Also, she talked about the entire process as a whole. She discussed the process from before writing your first word in the personal statement to the very end all with a lens I have never thought of."
  • "It helped me fine tune my resume/application writing skills by understanding better how to stand out and what the people reading these ask for."
How to Read a Research Article

FRI, NOV 16 | 12:15 - 1:15pm | Sill 120
presented by Behrad Noudoost

 

In this seminar you will learn about how to read a research article effectively.  You will be given tips and strategies for how to read scholarly journal articles.  This seminar in appropriate for any student who needs to read contemporary research in their field.

Student Feedback

  • "You may have to read numerous articles while doing research and it is important to understand what the article is trying to explain."
  • "Not only did the session go over how to read a research paper, it also went through the process of how to write a research paper. Everything from the drafting to the editor to the final publishing."
  • "Helpful for understanding research papers & how they're written. There were some helpful tips as well as an overarching understanding of how papers are written. Presenter was really good - animated and fun to listen to."
Contextualizing Your Research

FRI, NOV 2 | 2:30 - 3:30 | Sill 120
presented by Shane Macfarlan

In this session, you will work to identify several perspectives outside of the immediate perspective of the lab or project from which you can view your work, how your work fits in with those viewpoints, and how to explain those larger perspectives of your work to an audience (in a paper, presentation, or to a community member).

Public Speaking - How to Present

WED, NOV 28 | 11:15 - 12:15pm | Sill 120
presented by Sydney Cheek O'Donnell

In this seminar, you will hear about techniques for and issues with effective public speaking.   You will learn how to present in a variety of formats.  This seminar is useful for any student, as public speaking is both necessary in research dissemination and takes a lot of practice.

Student Feedback

  • "Public speaking is important in all aspects of life (i.e. school, work, research, etc.) It is important to go over simple tips and suggestions to improve your public speaking skills. The presenter did a very good job on going over the material and she was very engaging! Awesome presentation!"
  • "Because most of us haven't taken public speaking class(es). This session goes over the basics and even things that don't seem crucial like breathing and standing can go a long way."
Intro to The Institutional Review Board (IRB)

TUES, SEP 4 | 2:00 - 3:00pm | Sill 120
presented by Sarah Mumford

In this session, you will learn the basic history of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), what counts as Human Subjects research, and how and when you might need to use the IRB while doing research here at the U. This session is good for anyone who is or is interested in doing research with Human Subjects at any stage of their research.

Student feedback from this session:

  • "Very interesting & helpful for questions on consent and required permits or forms in order to conduct your research appropriately."
  • "Very informative. Information was presented in a way that both showed how to submit/design proper experiments as well as why the rules are necessary. I really enjoyed the history aspect as well."
Imposter Syndrome

WED, SEP 19 | 3:30 - 4:30pm | Sill 120
presented by Pearl Sandick

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong at the University, in your lab, at your job? Do you feel like one day everyone will figure it out and you’ll be exposed as a fraud?  You might be experiencing imposter syndrome.  In this session, you will earn more about imposter syndrome and a few ways to help combat it.

 

Letters of Recommendation

MON, OCT 1 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Sill 120
presented by Matt Haber

In this seminar, you will learn about how to approach your faculty mentor about writing you a letter of recommendation.  This is an art all its own and many students are not aware that there are professional parameters for this request.  This seminar is appropriate at any point in a student’s education.

Student Feedback

  • "This session was extremely helpful because it went in-depth on all the details for asking for letters of recommendation. He had great insight about when to as for letter and who to ask. I didn't realize that you could ask professors years in advance! I plan on doing that now & having them save for later."
  • "Incredibly helpful to all fields of study. I really thought this was helpful in anticipation for graduate school applications. Great lecturer."
  • "It helped & guided me on who to ask for letters of recommendation. It was such a good workshop!"
Writing an Abstract

TUES, OCT 30 | 11:00 - 12:00 | Sill 120
presented by Charissa Che

In this session, you will learn how to write an effective research abstract. You will work on framing your research project concisely and accurately. You will leave ready to write your research abstract. This seminar is most useful for students currently needing to write an abstract. It is also useful for students developing how to think about their project.

Student feedback from this session:

  • "I would recommend this because it helps knowing the method of writing an abstract or other papers. It helps you to know the abstract model best suited for your research type. This makes understanding and writing abstracts much more simple."
  • "Abstracts are hard even if you do it all the time. It's always helpful to have a refresher."
  • "Yes it is useful to understand the importance of the language and choice of rhetoric, as well as the general ins and outs of writing and reading abstracts."
Literature Reviews

THU, NOV 8 | 1:00 - 2:00pm | Sill 120
presented by Jenny Andrus

In this session, you will learn how to conduct and construct a literature review. This will focus on finding, analyzing, and citing relevant sources, but will also address organizing and writing the review. As all students and researchers will have to sift through relevant literature at some point, this will be useful to all researchers.

To prepare, please bring three sources relevant to your current project with you to the session.

Student Feedback

  • "I would recommend this because it helps knowing the method of writing an abstract or other papers. It helps you to know the abstract model best suited for your research type. This makes understanding and writing abstracts much more simple."
  • "Abstracts are hard even if you do it all the time. It's always helpful to have a refresher."
  • "Yes it is useful to understand the importance of the language and choice of rhetoric, as well as the general ins and outs of writing and reading abstracts."
Mentorship Workshop

MON, NOV 19 | 12 - 1 | Sill 120
presented by Doug Mackay

A variety of topics related to building a strong relationship with your mentor will be covered.  Some topics include:

  • what to expect from your mentor
  • boundaries
  • problem solving when issues with your mentor come up
  • what you need to know about lab structures & differing responsibilities

Please read the articles about mentorship in this folder before the session : https://uofu.box.com/s/iesy4j8ntyxg9926tpp97kkjr92n5k92. Come prepared to ask questions and engage in a conversation about mentorship!

Creating Effective Research Posters

TUE, DEC 4 | 1:45 - 2:45pm | SILL 120
presented by Taylor Sparks

In the first of this two-part session, you will learn about the characteristics of effective research poster design.  This session covers content and aesthetics of research posters.  This seminar is most useful for students currently needing to create a research poster, but is also helpful for students thinking about how to talk about their project.

Student Feedback

  • "The presenter was very engaging. He knows how to present really well to keep the topic really interesting. The topics was also very interesting. I would assume most researchers don't care about the format, color scheme, and organization of their poster, but it is actually more important than you think, especially when you want your audience to understand why your research is important. This was a really good presentation."
  • "Its applicable for all disciplines. Taylor Sparks is a credible and engaging presenter and speaker."
  • "The speaker was comprehensive, organized, well spoken, and resourceful. I enjoyed this presentation the most out of all previous presentations."