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 Summer 2017 Undergraduate Research Education Series includes the following events:

May 24

1:30 – 2:30pm

Institutional Review Board
Facilitated by Lisa Rigtrup

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.

May 30

11:30 – 1:00pm

Doing Library Research: Strategies and tools for planning, searching, and analyzing librarysources workshop
Facilitated by Donna Ziegenfuss

In this session, you will learn how to use qualitative research to analyze sources you find when doing library research. In the course of the workshop, 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.

June 8

2:00 – 3:00pm

Data Management
Facilitated 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.

June 15

11:00 – 12:30pm

Writing Abstracts Workshop
Facilitated by Christie Toth

In this discipline generic workshop 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 workshop is most useful for students currently needing to write an abstract. It is also useful for students developing how to think about their project.

June 22

3:45 – 4:45pm

Literature Reviews
Facilitated by Dale Larsen

In this session, you will learn how to conduct and construct a literature review.  This will include, finding, analyzing, and citing relevant sources, but will focus on 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.

June 30

2:30 – 4:00pm

Citation Management: Endnote/Mendeley workshop
Facilitated by Lorelei Rutlegde

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.

July 10

3:00 – 4:30pm

Posters & How to use Datathief for Images Workshop
Facilitated by Taylor Sparks

In this workshop, you will learn about the content and design of research posters, how to prepare to present a research poster, and how to use a nifty software (Datathief) for data capture and re-plotting.  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.

July 14

11:30 – 12:30pm

Translating Your Research to a General Audience
Facilitated by Dustin Stokes

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.


July 20

12:00 – 1:00pm

Technology & Venture Commercialization
Facilitated by Taylor Bench

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 Taylor Bench 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.

July 28

12:30 – 2:00pm

How to Market Yourself: Resumes & Personal Statements
Facilitated by Career Services Ambassador, Ellie Hanson

In this workshop, you will learn which parts of and how to highlight your research experience on an academic resume, as well as how to frame your research experience in a personal statement.  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.