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.

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

Doing Library Research: Strategies & Tools

WED, MAY 16 | 1:00 - 2:00pm | MLIB 1150 
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.

Student feedback from this session:

  • "She went over some great tips & resources that I didn't know before. She also provided a lot of organizational advice that I found quite helpful since gathering sources can be overwhelming."
  • "I was able to discover all sorts of resources and tools I've never heard of. I'm probably going to use all of these new programs."
  • "In 1 hour, you can learn so much about narrowing down your topic, finding resources through the library & make a bibliography."
The Institutional Review Board (IRB)

FRI, JUN 1 | 10:30 - 11:30am | MLIB 1150
presented by Sarah Mumford

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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:

  • "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."
Research Reproducibility

TUE, JUN 12 | 11:00 - 12:00pm | MLIB 1150
presented by Tisha Mentnech

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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.

Citation Management Workshop

WED, JUN 27 | 11:30 - 1:00pm | MLIB 1150
presented by Lorelei Rutledge

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Typing out each character of each citation is a thing of the past! In this workshop, you will learn how to use two great citation management tools: Endnote and Mendeley. These tools will save you time and energy when constructing your references for any paper or research project. This session will be extremely useful for any student.

Images in Scientific Writing

TUE, JUL 10 | 1:15 - 2:15pm | MLIB 1150
presented by David Belnap

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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.

Student feedback from this session:

  • "Not a subject that is covered in many courses, but very useful & important."
  • "It provides a concise illustrative depiction of utilizing figures properly when writing a sci research paper. Very helpful to understand what is needed and required when using figures."
  • "Dr. Belnap was so interesting & took a dull important topic & made it easy & understandable while keeping some interesting data to keep us hooked. He was engaging and the information he presented was well done!"
  • "Very useful information was presented that is directly applicable to most students. One of the best sessions that I have attended."
Translating Your Research to a General Audience

THU, JUL 26 | 11:30 - 12:30pm | MLIB 1150
presented 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.

Student feedback from this session:

  • "Analytic description of effective rhetoric in conversational discourse with individuals that have no background in research."
  • "I think it is good advice to not assume your audience is specifically interested in the same things you are, even if they are generally interested in learning. The full presentation was interesting and well presented, too."
  • "I enjoyed listening. The speaker was very fluent and articulate in his presenting. The presentation was engaging and informative. He brought up points I had not thought about before and this will help me as I approach my UROP presentation. Overall, this presentation was effective and appropriate for the material and this audience."
Technology & Venture Commercialization

FRI, MAY 25 | 11:15 - 12:15pm | MLIB 1150
presented by Chris Tiansky & Beth Drees

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In this session, you will be introduced to the role of the Technology, Venture & Commercialization (TVC) office on the U’s campus. This session is facilitated by two members of the TVC’s Startup Center for Students (StaC), which "helps students execute on their business ideas by assisting with strategy, funding, implementation and mentoring. StaC's expertise is building companies around ideas that are scalable and have an intellectual property component." This session is useful to anyone hired through UROP, as an employee of the university, and is particularly useful to students whose work may produce a marketable outcome.

Student feedback from this session:

  • "It is important for students of all backgrounds to understand business basics. Especially in research, its good to learn about invention/idea policies."
  • "I did not come in with the intent of commercializing a product, but I found the lecture to be very interesting. I was engaged in learning about the process and your rights. I never thought that I would be interested in the business/legal aspect."
Responsible Conduct of Research

MON, JUN 4 | 11:00 - 12:00pm | MLIB 1150
presented by James Tabery

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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.

Writing an Abstract

THU, JUN 21 | 1:30 - 2:30pm | MLIB 1150
presented by Christie Toth

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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:

  • "It was helpful to go over general organization. I would be a great workshop to attend in the fall before UCUR and NCUR deadlines (which are in December)."
  • "This workshop allowed us to break down abstracts and why they were written the way they were This made writing an abstract not as daunting since you know what you will need to include to create and effective abstract."
  • "Very involved helping with a difficult task. The hands-on experience and open discussion were valuable in learning how to write a better abstract."
Literature Reviews

MON, JUL 2 | 10:15 - 11:15am | MLIB 1150
presented by Jenny Andrus

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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.

Creating Effective Research Posters & How to Use Webdigitizer Workshop

MON, JUL 16 | 12:00 - 1:30pm | MLIB 1150 
presented by Taylor Sparks

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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.

Resources for this session will be shared here through Box at uofu.app.box.com/files/0/f/27263941512. Check this folder prior to coming to the session!

Student feedback from this session:

  • "It was good to learn about the tips/tricks for making figures in my poster/thesis paper. It was also nice to learn a little bit about the software we can use to make the aforementioned figures for research posters + thesis papers."
  • "I got many web/video resources that I can reference later for direction on posters or software for figure-making."
  • "Very useful, lots of details that were very needed."