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.  

The Fall 2021 URES will be a combination of virtual and in person events, with previously recorded sessions also available.  Full schedule available below.

Current UROP students are required to attend or watch 2 events (must be completed by last day of class: December 9).  These can be live virtual or in person events, or previously recorded videos.  Attendance will be tracked through logins to live events and evaluation forms for videos.

Out of concern for safety and social distancing, in person events will be limited to 20 attendees. Please register ASAP if you intend to attend these events and cancel if your plans change. (Registration will close after the max limit is reached.) Previously recorded versions of these events will be posted after each in person event has ended.  

If you are outside of the University of Utah (if you do not have a UNID), you can access these videos and materials HERE.

A flier for the Fall 2021 series can be found HERE.

Thurs
Sept 2
12:15 - 1:15 PM

Introduction to the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

VIRTUAL EVENT Presented by Gary Henderson

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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:

"I plan on using my experience within UROP to better prepare myself for graduate school and the technical writing that involves. I think this presentation was a good introduction to abstracts and helped strengthen my skills as a writer and technical communicator."

"I think it was highly valuable to learn more about the topic. To be around other academic minds and hear how they analyze an abstract or what makes one work and one uninteresting will be very helpful in my academic career. I hope to attend more like this in the future."

"The interactive parts were very helpful and I really liked that I could help steer the conversation to being more helpful specifically to me."

Tues
Oct 5
2 - 3PM

Writing Abstracts

 Presented by Nkenna Onwuzuruoha

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In this session, you will learn about 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 plan on using my experience within UROP to better prepare myself for graduate school and the technical writing that involves. I think this presentation was a good introduction to abstracts and helped strengthen my skills as a writer and technical communicator."

"I think it was highly valuable to learn more about the topic. To be around other academic minds and hear how they analyze an abstract or what makes one work and one uninteresting will be very helpful in my academic career. I hope to attend more like this in the future."

"The interactive parts were very helpful and I really liked that I could help steer the conversation to being more helpful specifically to me."

Thurs
Oct 21
11am - 12PM

Literature Reviews

IN PERSON EVENT presented by Jenny Andrus

 

In this session, you will learn how to conduct and construct a literature review.  This will focus organizing and writing the review - constructing the story that you want to tell.  As all students and researchers will have to sift through relevant literature at some point, this will be useful to all researchers.

Student feedback from this session:

"Very informative yet concise. Gave me exactly what I needed to write a lit review in a relatively short amount of time. Class participation was also very helpful."

"A nice exploration and summary of what a literature review is, while introducing aspects what makes a literature review good that you may have not necessarily considered."

"I did not know too much about the subject and it was very informative. I liked the breakout sessions to discuss and create a small literature review."

Thurs
Oct 28
1 - 2PM
 

Creating Effective Research Posters

IN PERSON EVENT presented by Taylor Sparks

In this workshop, you will learn about the characteristics of effective research poster design and how to use some tools to use to prepare a research poster. This session covers the 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. This session will also be useful for students who are ready to start creating images for their posters.

Resources for this session will be shared in a designated Box folder. Please check this folder before attending this session!

Student feedback from this session:

"More than just posters - more like 'presenting research effectively' I appreciated that it's early in the semester - good big picture stuff"

"This is my favorite session I have been to. He really helped us think about what to say at a conference when presenting a poster. I also really enjoyed the figures portion. I wouldn't have thought about that."

"This was the most useful URES I've been to. It had immediate practical application. And gave me new tools."

Fri
Nov 5
11:30am - 12:30PM
 

When the antidote is the poison: Current research on social justice and mathematics education

VIRTUAL EVENT presented by José Gutiérrez

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Does trying to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion (DEI) in mathematics education work against broader social justice efforts? This presentation will explore recent trends in research on DEI and social justice in mathematics education and discuss the role teachers play in resisting (or perpetuating) systems of oppression.  This session would benefit any student in thinking about the intersection of education and social justice, especially those involved in STEM, education, or social justice work.

Wed
Nov 17
11:15am - 12:15PM
 

Translating Research into a Resume

VIRTUAL EVENT presented by Crystal Cory

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In this session, you will learn which parts of and how to highlight your research experience on an academic resume.  It is all about marketing!  Please come prepared with a draft of your resume so that you may workshop it in the session.  This session will be helpful to students at any point in their research, as keeping up a resume is a constant project.

Student feedback from this session:

"Despite research being very technical, the skills gained are very transferrable to a resume or cover letter despite what you think. This is what this session teaches you."

"This was a helpful curse in outlining the importance of having/making a cohesive resume that is applicable & impressive for any interview or job. It was helpful to see a clear outline on how to write statements for your resume."

"Super helpful to people who are clueless about hiring/career/internships. I have a very basic (entry level) resume. This things I learned in this will help my entry level job experience look like I am a pro."

Wed
Dec 1
2:30 - 3:30PM
 

Funding Grad School

VIRTUAL EVENT presented by Matthew Plooster

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In this session, you will learn about applying for competitive awards for graduate students, including where to find opportunities and making a plan for applying.  Funding is often confusing and difficult to navigate for graduate students so this session would be helpful to any student who is interested in attending graduate school.

Previously Recorded Event

Microaggressions and Research

Presented by Ella Blanchard 

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In this workshop, you will learn about what microaggressions are, a bit about how they impact folks, how to identify them when you or others are performing them, and how to deal with/respond to them.  This session is important for every student, as the content directly contributes to your overall working environment and helps develop an atmosphere of respect.

STUDENT FEEDBACK FROM THIS SESSION:
"This was a really powerful workshop. Understanding bias and power is important for research because we are working with communities and people directly or indirectly. It's also better to be mindful of others and their situations to make kinder and more aware world. This workshop helped me to think critically about the language I use and the context of that language. Also, Ella is just an amazing person and made the workshop very fun."
"It was very useful to understand our privilege as researchers to better drive and create solid research."
"It is very important to understand how you affect your coworkers when you use microaggressions."
previously recorded event
 

Responsible Conduct of Research

Presented by James Tabery

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In this session, you will learn about some of the history of ethics in research and how to identify some common terms used in conversations about responsible conduct of research.  This session is useful to any student involved in research, as an introduction or a reminder about ethical conduct and debates in research.

Previously recorded event

Public Speaking

Presented by Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell

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

Previously Recorded event
 
 

How to Read a Research Article

Presented by Behrad Noudoost

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In this session, 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.

Previously Recorded event

How to Keep Up with Literature

Presented by Allyson Mower

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In this session, you will learn how to keep up with and track literature in a time when research productivity is so high and publications come out constantly.  You will learn about a few tools that might assist you in tracking the relevant literature in your area and how to discern which publications will be helpful to their research.  This session will be helpful to any student in a field with high research productivity.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Increasing Diverse Representation in Research

Presented by Ofer Rog

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In this session, you will discuss challenges to increasing representation in research in terms of thinking critically about which papers are selected to be in syllabi, invited speakers, power structures, role models, etc. Dr. Rog will lead this discussion-based session with a focus on choices he has made when teaching his courses.  This session will be good for any student who wants to be thoughtful about who they are reading, citing, learning from, and how those choices relate to current academic power structures.  This session will be guided by your questions, so submit questions via the link below and come ready to discuss!

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Giving Virtual Presentations

Presented by Colin Adamo

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In this session, you will learn some tips and tricks for presenting virtually.  This is a newer phenomenon, given the present pandemic, and poses its own set of challenges for effective presentation and keeping your audience engaged. Learning how to present well in a virtual format will be beneficial for students in any stage of their research.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Myths About Doing Disciplinary Research: The Value of Working Across Disciplines.

Panelists:

Jacqueline Eaton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, College of Nursing
Gretchen Case, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Chief, Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities, School of Medicine

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Is research in STEM fields inherently different from research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences? During this session we will explore the shared features of research across disciplines and the value of interdisciplinary work.  This session would benefit students in any field who are interested in bridging the disciplinary divide either to do interdisciplinary work or to understand more about how these myths inform our understanding of the broader research culture.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Reflection as Part of the Research Process

Presented by Robyn Moreno

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Reflection, though a necessary part of the research process, is not often explicitly discussed or taught. This session will help you intentionally incorporate reflection into to your daily research and at the end of an experience. This session is useful for any student at any point in their research experience.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Chemistry in Everyday Life

Presented by Chideraa Nwachukwu

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In this session, you will work on seeing chemistry in everyday life and how to use those everyday example to help you translate your research to non-specialists in your field.  This is a new topic and will be helpful for any student who needs to convey technical information to a general audience or who just loves chemistry!

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Strong Writing in STEM

Presented by David Belnap

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In this session, you will learn about writing standards in STEM fields and will work on some helpful techniques for executing strong writing.  Although this session is aimed at STEM fields, much of the advice will carry over to other fields as well and will be relevant for any student doing research.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Doing Research Remotely: Tools, Resources and Strategies for Success

Presented by Donna Ziegenfuss 

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Are you doing research remotely this semester? This session will present tools, resources, and strategies  to help you conduct virtual research. Online tools can provide an online space for collaboration, communication, as well as conducting and disseminating research. Come and bring your own challenges and lessons learned to share with this community of research.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Giving and Receiving Helpful Feedback

Presented by Janis Louie 

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In this interactive session, you will learn how to approach giving and receiving feedback in a productive manner.  Communication is key to your relationship with your mentor and your success in research overall and feedback can be hard to deliver and hard to hear.  This session will be beneficial to anyone, as we all give and receive feedback in every area of life.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Doing Library Research

Presented by Donna Ziegenfuss 

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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.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Data Management

Presented by Daureen Nesdill 

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Effective data management is not intuitive.  In this session, 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.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Citation Management

Presented by Lorelei Rutledge & Erika Church

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In this session, you will learn how to set up and use both EndNote and Zotero, commonly used citation management systems.  This session will be useful for any student needing an introduction to citation management systems to build their digital libraries (yes, now is a great time to start doing that!).

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Images in Scientific Writing

Presented by David Belnap

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In this session, you will learn how to create images and incorporate them into your writing.  You will also discuss the importance of accurate scientific communication.  Although this session focuses on a science field, the use of images is common throughout many fields and will benefit any student who will use images in their work.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Contextualizing Your Research

Presented by Shane MacFarlan 

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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).

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

How to Write A Personal Statement

Facilitated by Ann Engar

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In this session, you will learn about the main goals of a personal statement and get some helpful guidance for how to approach writing one.

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Translating Your Research to a General Audience

Facilitated by Dustin Stokes

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Explaining your work to someone unfamiliar with your area of expertise is always challenging, but is absolutely necessary for professional dissemination (and self-marketing!).  In this session, you will get some expert advice on how to make your highly technical work accessible to a variety of audience members.  This session will be useful to students who need to present their work, want to discuss their work with folks outside their field, and who want to work on developing an articulate and succinct elevator talk.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Discipline Specific Writing: Engineering

Facilitated by Rob Macleod and Heather Palmer

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In this session, you will learn about strong writing within the field of Engineering.

PREVIOUSLY RECORDED EVENT

Discipline Specific Writing: Medicine

Facilitated by Yan-Ting Shiu

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In this session, you will learn about strong writing within the field of Medicine.