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 Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Education Series includes the following events:

Jan 17
2:00 – 3:00pm

Creating Effective Research Posters: Characteristics of Posters
presented by Taylor Sparks in Sill 120

In this session, you will learn about the characteristics of effective research poster design. This session covers 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.

Student feedback about this session: "Presenting data is not necessarily intuitive and you're expected to just know what you're doing. This really helped present a clear method of presentation + explanation."

Jan 22
11:15 – 12:15pm

Public Speaking: How to Present
presented by Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell in Sill 120

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.

Student feedback about this session:  "This presentation goes through presentation tips from preparing your body beforehand to clearly disseminating your material.  Very helpful and comprehensive."

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Feb 1
10:30 – 11:30am

Institutional Review Board (IRB)
presented by Sarah Mumford in Sill 120

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 on this session: "Because I don't think a lot of people understand the process or assume their work may or may not fall under certain regulations why they really aren't sure.  It was also short and to the point, which is lovely."

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Feb 6
10:30 - 11:30am

Doing Library Research: Strategies & Tools
presented by Donna Ziegenfuss in Sill 120

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: "One could save a lot of time by following the directions she gave.  She is also a great public speaker!"

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Feb 16
1:15 - 2:15pm

Data Management
presented by Rebekah Cummings in Sill 120

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.

Student feedback about this session: "There was so much useful information that would be very good for those just beginning research. This session helped me understand the best practices that I will need to know in the future. I also liked the activities that got the students involved."


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Feb 20
3:00 – 4:00pm

Writing an Abstract
presented by Christie Toth in Sill 120

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 about this session: "Writing a good abstract is essential to all fields of research and this workshop did an excellent job of breaking down the function and structure of an effective abstract, as well as providing some practice analyzing real abstracts."

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Feb 26
12:30 - 1:30 pm


Translating Your Research to a General Audience
presented by Dustin Stokes in Sill 120

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 about this session: "Important for all disciplines to consider communication limitations & how best to convey valuable information.  The presenter was very impactful & a good example of his own presentation."

Mar 2
2:00 - 3:00pm

Discipline-Specific Writing: Medicine
presented by Yan-Ting Shiu in Sill 120

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.

Student feedback about this session: “There was a lot of good information about many different forms of medical writing.  Most of the stuff related to writing for other fields as well.”

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March 5

11 am - 12 pm

Discipline-Specific Writing: Social & Behavioral Sciences
presentedby Patricia Kerig in Sill 120

In this seminar, you will learn how to write within the parameters of Social and Behavioral Science.  You will work through several helpful techniques for how to create an interesting and compelling argument for your study (within the framework of a murder mystery!). This session will be helpful to students working in the SBS at any point in their project.

Mar 16
12:30 - 1:30pm

How to Read a Research Article
presented by Behrad Noudoost in Sill 120

In this session, you will learn how to identify worthwhile articles for a literature review and get hands-on instruction on how to read a research article analytically (i.e. what to look for, how to make sense of the information provided, and how to use that information in your own work).

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Mar 27
1:30 - 2:30pm

How to Translate Your Research into a Resume
presented by Ellie Hanson in Sill 120

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 about this session: "In my opinion, this is the most important & relevant URES lecture for me.  I am about to graduate so any help with resumes is very useful. On top of that, the lecture itself was very helpful. The lecturers knew what they were talking about & had very good responses to my questions. 10/10"

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Apr 4
12:30 – 1:30pm

Leveraging Your Research Experience in Industry
presented by Career & Professional Development Center Panel in Sill 120

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.

Student feedback about this session: "This lecture gave me a better idea about what interviewers look for when hiring applicants and how I can use my research to give me an advantage in the job field."

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Apr 9
12:00 - 1:00pm

People of Color in Research: Panel Discussion

Panelists TBA; facilitated by Undergraduate Research Leaders in Sill 120

A panel discussion on several topics, including personal experience excelling in research as a person of color, research that directly affects people of color, and administrative roles that focus on supporting and promoting people of color in research.

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Apr 19
12:00 - 1:00pm

Reflection as Part of the Research Process
presented by Seetha Veeraghanta in Sill 120

In this session, you will discuss the value of reflection in the research process and work toward being able to reflect on your own research experience. 

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