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.  All events are held in the Sill Center Large Conference Room unless otherwise noted.

The Spring 2017 Undergraduate Research Education Series includes the following events:

Tuesday, January 17 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Creating an Effective Research Poster

Presented by Taylor Sparks

In this seminar you will learn about both the content and design of research posters as well as how to prepare to present a research poster.  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.

Thursday, January 19 2 – 3 pm – Public Speaking

Presented by Nandini Deo 

In this session two Undergraduate Research Leaders will provide some public speaking tips and best practices from the student perspective.  This session will benefit any student who will be presenting their work in the near future and any student who needs to work on their public speaking skills.

Monday, January 23 10:45 – 11:45 am – Discipline-Specific Writing: Social & Behavioral Science

Presented by Lisa Diamond

In this seminar you will learn how to write within the parameters of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.  You will work through several helpful techniques.  This session will be helpful to students working in the CSBS at any point in their project.

Wednesday, February 1 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Asking for Letters of Recommendation

Presented by Matt Haber (to be held in CTIHB 101)

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.

Thursday, February 9 12:30 – 1:30 pm – Writing an Abstract

Presented by Christie Toth

In this seminar 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.


Wednesday, February 22 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Top 10 Library Research Tips

Presented by Donna Ziegenfuss                                          

In this seminar 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.

Friday, March 3 1:15 – 2:15 pm – Public Speaking – How to Present

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.

Tuesday, March 7 2 – 3 pm – Data Management

Presented by Rebekah Cummings            

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.

Wednesday March 22 1:15 – 2:15 pm – Discipline-Specific Writing: Medicine

Presented by Yan-Ting Shiu

In this seminar you will learn how to write within the parameters of medical research.  You will work through several helpful techniques.  This session will be helpful for students working in the School of Medicine, College of Science, and College of Pharmacy.

Monday, March 27 1:30 – 2:30 pm – Discipline-Specific Writing: Images in Scientific Writing

Presented by David Belnap

In this session you will learn about the effective incorporation of images into scientific writing.  The information in this session will help you with your own use of images in papers, publications, and presentations.  This session is useful for any student in the sciences, but also any student who will need to use images in their writing.

Tuesday, March 28 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Responsible Conduct of Research  

Presented by Bryan Benham   CANCELLED

There are ethical implications for all research.  In this seminar you will learn about some basic ethical theories and issues for various kinds of research and you will be introduced to how to proceed with your project in the bounds of ethics and legal requirements.  This seminar is useful at all points in the research process and presents a topic that should be revisited regularly.

Wednesday, April 5 10 – 11 am – Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Presented by John Stillman

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.

Thursday, April 13 2 – 3 pm – Women in Research Panel

Presented by Undergraduate Research Leaders Panel

Organized and led by the Undergraduate Research Leaders, this panel will discuss some of the experiences of and issues confronted by women in research across fields. This will be helpful for any students interested in engaging with gender equity and diversity conversations and for any students interested in hearing other researchers’’ perspectives on this topic.

Monday, April 17 12 – 1- pm – Leveraging Your Research Experience in Industry

Presented by Career Services Panel

This is a panel of local employers who actively seek out employees with research experience.  In this panel discussion you will learn about why research experience is so valuable in industry and how to leverage your own research experience when applying to jobs. This session will be beneficial to any student who is currently seeking or who will soon be seeking employment.

 Friday, April 21 3:45 – 4:45 pm – How to Translate Your Research into a Resume

Presented by Career Services Ambassadors

In this session you will learn which parts and how to highlight your research experience on an academic resume.  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.

The events in the series can also be found on our Calendar or download the
URES Spring 2017 FLIER  here.


We are always looking to improve the educational experience of undergraduates involved in research. Let us know how we are doing!