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 Fall 2017 Undergraduate Research Education Series includes the following events:

Tuesday
Aug 29
2:30 – 3:30pm

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.

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Friday
Sept 8
12:00 – 1:00pm

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.

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Monday
Sept 11
2:00 – 3:00pm

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.

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Wednesday
Sept 20
2:30 - 3:30pm

Asking for Letters of Recommendation
presented by Matt Haber in Sill 120

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.

Friday
Sept 29
1:15 - 2:15pm

How to Write a Personal Statement
presented by Ann Engar in Sill 120

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.

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Monday
Oct 2
12:30 – 1:30pm

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, but is also useful for students developing how to think about their project.

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Tuesday
Oct 17
12:00 - 1:00pm

Discipline-Specific Writing: Fine Arts
presented by Jane Hatter in Sill 120

In this seminar, you will learn how to write within the parameters of fine arts research. You will work through several helpful techniques. This session will be helpful for students working n the College of Fine Arts and for students studying design.

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Thursday
Oct 19
12:15 - 1:15pm

Discipline-Specific Writing: Engineering
presented by Rob Macleod & Heather Palmer in Sill 120

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

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Wednesday
Oct 25
1:30 – 2:30pm

Literature Reviews
presented by Dale Larsen in Sill 120

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.

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Friday
Nov 3
11:30 - 12:30pm

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.

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Monday
Nov 6
3:15 - 4:15pm

Characteristics of Posters
presented by Taylor Sparks in Sill 120

In the first of this two-part 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.

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Monday
Nov 13
3:15 – 4:15pm

Hands-On Tools for Creating Posters
presented by Taylor Sparks in Sill 120

In the second of this two part session, you will learn how to use some tools to use to prepare a research poster and how to use the Webdigitizer/QT Grace software for data capture and re-plotting. This more advanced session is most useful for students currently needing to create a research poster and who are ready to start creating images for their posters.

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Monday
Nov 20
11:30 - 12:30pm

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.

Friday
Dec 1
2:00 - 3:00pm

How to Translate Your Research into a Resume
presented by Ellie Hanson, Career Services Ambassador, 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! Come prepared with a draft of your resume so that you may workshop it in this session. This session will be helpful to students at any point in their research as keeping up a resume is a constant project.

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Monday
Dec 4
12:00 – 1:00pm

Leveraging Your Research Experience in Industry
presented by Career Services 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 be seeking employment.

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