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 events are categorized by tracks to help students identify which events would be most helpful to them.

  • Research Basics & Skill-building
  • Social Justice & Ethics in Research
  • Research Collaboration & Communication, and
  • Careers & Research

The Fall 2022 URES will be a combination of in-person and virtual events, with previously recorded sessions also available.  In person events will be held in Sill 120 and will also be available to attend virtually. Full schedule available below.

Current UROP students are required to attend 2 events.  These events can be in-person, virtual, or pre-recorded videos.    Attendance will be tracked through logins to live events (in person or virtual) and the URES evaluation form for pre-recorded videos.

A flier for the Fall 2022 series available soon.

Wed
Aug 31
1 - 2PM
 
 
 

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.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building, Social Justice & Ethics in Research

Fri
Sept 9
1:30 - 2:30PM
 
 
 

Research Safety & Title IX

VIRTUAL EVENT presented by Annie Isabel Fukushima and Erica Wood

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In this session, you will learn about the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) and Title IX regulations, resources & support, as well as why safety and sexual misconduct matters in research contexts.  You will work through a few case scenarios to practice identifying appropriate actions to take in various situations concerning sexual misconduct.  This session will be helpful for any researcher at any stage in their research experience, as the content directly contributes to the overall working environment in research on and off campus and to understanding our roles in preventing and reporting sexual misconduct.

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research

Thurs
Sept 15
12 - 1PM
 
 
 

Positionality & Research

HYBRID EVENT - presented by Christina Gringeri

In person attendance in SILL 120 (registration not required)

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In this session, you will learn about researcher positionality, the impact it has on research, and how you can start to identify and thoughtfully work with your positionality in your research.  This session will be helpful to any student, especially those doing research working directly with the community and research participants.

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research

Mon
Sept 19
11AM - 12PM
 
 
 

Making an Impact with Research

HYBRID EVENT - presented by Stacy Harwood

In person attendance in SILL 120 (registration not required)

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Research is more than simply producing new knowledge and getting published. Scholars want to effect change on many levels, from influencing academic conversations and shaping policy choices to moving the public opinion needle and improving local communities. This workshop will explore the centrality of knowing one’s audience in producing research that matters. The focus will be on a study about racism in higher education and the intertwined relationship between audience and impact over the fifteen-year life of the project. This session will be helpful for any student, particularly students in fields with the potential for broad social application and impact.

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research; Research Collaboration & Communication

Thurs
Sept 29
12 - 1PM
 
 
 

Design Process for Product Development

HYBRID EVENT - presented by Jim Agutter

In person attendance in SILL 120 (registration not required)

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In this session you will learn about design thinking in various fields and how employing this lens might influence your problem-solving in your own research and product development.  You will work through some examples to help illustrate the use of this approach in various contexts and with various products in mind.  This session will be helpful to students in any field who might work toward the development of their own product as one of their research deliverables.

Tracks: Careers & Research

Thurs
Oct 6
12 - 1PM

Giving and Receiving Helpful Feedback

HYBRID EVENT - presented by Janis Louie 

In person attendance in SILL 120 (registration not required)

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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.

Tracks:  Research Collaboration & Communication

Wed
Oct 19
11:30AM - 12:30PM

Racism in Data & Methods

VIRTUAL EVENT presented by Myra Washington

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In this session, you will learn about how data, research design, and methods are impacted by social ideologies, specifically by racism.  This session will be helpful for any student, especially those working in STEM fields, as there is a common misconception that those fields are socially neutral and this session works to dispel that misconception.

Tracks:  Social Justice & Ethics in Research

Wed
Oct 26
11AM - 12PM

Literature Reviews

HYBRID EVENT - presented by Jenny Andrus

In person attendance in Sill 120 (registration not required)

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In this session, you will learn about the function of and ways to create literature reviews.  This session will guide you through the importance of crafting a narrative about complex research topics and weaving the different threads of a field into that narrative.  This session would be good for any student as literature reviews are a standard part of research publications. 

Tracks:  Research Basics & Skill-Building; Research Collaboration & Communication

Fri
Nov 4
11AM - 12PM

Data Visualization & Research Posters

HYBRID EVENT - presented by Greg Hatch & Donna Baluchi

In person attendance in SILL 120 (registration not required)

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In this session, you will learn about how to create images for various types of data, including data from humanistic and creative projects, and how to visually represent those data on research posters.  This session will be helpful to any student, especially those needing to create presentations or research posters in the near future.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building, Research Collaboration & Communication

tues
Nov 8
12 - 1PM
 

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.

Tracks: Careers & Research

Fri
Nov 18
11AM - 12PM

Leveraging Your Research in Industry

HYBRID EVENT - Career & Professional Development Center Panel

In person attendance in SILL 120 (registration not required)

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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.

Tracks: Careers & Research

Previously recorded event

Research Participant Recruitment

Presented by Sadie Gabler


In this session, you will learn about the importance of and resources for intentionally diversifying study participants, including, language & translation services and informed consent.  This session will be helpful for any student working with human subjects in research, in either a clinical or humanistic setting.

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research 

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.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building

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.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-Building, Careers & Research

Previously Recorded Event

Citation Management

Presented by Lorelei Rutledge & Erika Church


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!).

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-Building

 
Previously recorded event
 

Unsettling Settler Words, Images, and Ideas: Settler Murals and Settler Archives.

Presented by Romeo García


In this session, we will explore how settlers utilize the political economies of literacies, semiotics, and rhetorics to produce an excessive image of themselves as a savior of the world destined to bring about the world's salvation, progress, and development, manufacture images of empty landscapes from which inhabiting bodies vanish and/or disappear, and codify a modern/colonial system of ideas, images, and ends. We will reflect on how the idea of race and a logic of domination, management, and control, undergirding this epistemological project and system, have been sold and imported, purchased and shared-in, and expanded and/or disputed in the rhetorical market of cultural texts across three tempo-localities: Texas, Utah, and Washington. And we will contend with the consequences: the colonization of land, "resources," people, and knowledge, understanding, and being. We will then consider the utility of a rhetorical, ecological, and decolonial perspective and lens and the analytic task of unsettling the settled ideas land was either waiting to be discovered or up for grabs to be owned, that "resources" by divine and/or natural right were awaiting extraction and exploitation, and that certain people are dispensable by divine and/or natural designs. 

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research

Previously recorded event

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.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building, Research Collaboration & Communication

Previously recorded event

Public Speaking

Presented by Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell


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.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building, Research Communication & Collaboration

Previously recorded event

Anti-Blackness & Research in Higher Education

Presented by Meligha Garfield


In this session, you will learn about anti-Blackness in higher education and how that impacts academic research, as well as about some of the research and resources on campus for combatting anti-Blackness.  This session will be helpful to anyone in a higher education context, as the content directly contributes to the overall working environment in higher education & research and understanding the impact of anti-Blackness is crucial to our developing an atmosphere of respect.

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research

Previously Recorded Event
 
 

Reflection as Part of the Research Process

VIRTUAL EVENT - presented by Seetha Veeraghanta

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.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building, Careers & Research

 

Previously Recorded event
 

Creating Effective Research Posters

 Presented by Taylor Sparks

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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!

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building, Research Collaboration & Communication

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.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building

Previously recorded event

Mentor Panel

Panelists: David Hawkins-Jacinto, Ming Hammond, Marissa Diener, & Emmalyn Irvin

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In this panel discussion, panelists will answer questions about mentoring and building relationships with mentees, and provide attendees with their perspectives on this invaluable relationship.  This discussion would be good for students at any stage in their research involvement.

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research, Research Collaboration and Communication

Previously recorded event

Bodies in Space

Presented by Sarah Shippobotham

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In this interactive session, you will learn about how to think about the relationship between bodies and space, how to intentionally use your body as a researcher in your research (e.g., spacing and positioning that signals power or equality), the relationship between bodies and their surroundings and how that relationship informs and constrains research.  This session would be good for any student, but especially for those working with human subjects.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building, Research Collaboration & Communication, Social Justice & Ethics in Research

Previously Recorded Event

Community-Based Research

Presented by Dean McGovern

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This session will focus on introductory information and skills related to community-based research (CBR) – what is CBR, how do you conduct it, how do you build community partnerships, what happens when partnerships experience conflict, how do you work with faculty who are doing CBR, what are the types of methodologies  that are used to conduct CBR, how does CBR differ from other action oriented research (i.e, YPAR, PAR, CBPAR, etc), how does race, gender and difference impact CBR?

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building, Careers & Research

Previously Recorded event

Personal Statements

VIRTUAL EVENT - presented by Ann Engar

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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.

Tracks: Research Collaboration & Communication, Careers & Research

Student feedback from this session:

"Being able to write a personal statement is a universal skill, regardless of what you may be applying for. Such writing shows up in graduate school, law school, medical school, scholarship essays, etc. The speaker spoke clearly about important techniques to keep in mind while writing common mistakes to avoid and what to write about if no specific topics is given."

"Useful for understanding structure particularly when question calling for personal statement is vague. Good reminder to know your audience."

"Dr. Engar was very organize in her presentation and gave wonderful advice on how to open, structure, and end personal statements."

Previously Recorded event

Data Management

Presented by Daureen Nesdill

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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.

Tracks: Research Basics & Skill-building

previously recorded event

Dealing with Conflict Research

Presented by Monisha Pasupathi

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In this session, you will learn about different ways to identify, think about, and potentially resolve conflict in research, as well as how to avoid it. This session would be helpful for any student, as conflict is a natural part of research and collaboration.

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research, Research Collaboration & Communication

previously recorded event

COVID-19: Researching in a Pandemic

Presented by Kimberley Shoaf

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This event was a Q&A style presentation, with Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima moderating. Questions addressed include: what is the current public health policy & how does that impact research; how do we conduct research implementing public health standards within different research settings, i.e., people researching in labs, conducting interviews, working with community partners, research settings with a lot of people or close proximity, recognizing that state laws don’t mandate masking; what do you do if someone in your research teams get sick; etc.).  

Tracks: Social Justice & Ethics in Research, Research Collaboration & Communication

previously recorded event

Letters of Recommendation

Presented by Irene Yoon

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In this session, 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.

Tracks: Careers & Research, Research Collaboration & Communication

Previously recorded event

Internships & Research

Presented by Brett Gaffney

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Values at Work Handout >>
Wandering Map Handout >>

Ready to put your passion to work but not sure where to start? In this session we'll cover the basic components of academic research and working internships and discuss the application process and experiential learning benefits of both paths. This session will be most helpful for students trying to decide when or how to include both kinds of opportunities into their overall plan.

Tracks: Careers & Research

Previously Recorded Event
 

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.

Previously Recorded Event
 

Translating Research into a Resume

VIRTUAL EVENT presented by Crystal Cory

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Strengths Handout >>
Example Resume Handout >>
Impact Verbs Handout >>

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.

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.

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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

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

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

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

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.