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. Flier with the full schedule HERE.
11:30 - 12:30
Creating Effective Research Posters
Presented by Taylor Sparks in Sill 120
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!
3:30 - 4:30
Introduction to the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Presented by Gary Henderson 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.
10:30 - 11:30
Microaggressions and Research
Presented by Ella Blanchard in Sill 120
11 - 12
Presented by Elizabeth Archuleta in Sill 120
A variety of topics related to building a strong relationship with your mentor will be covered. Some topics include: what to expect from your mentor, boundaries, problem solving when issues with your mentor come up, what you need to know about lab structures, & differing responsibilities
Come prepared to ask questions and engage in a conversation about mentorship!
Giving & Receiving Helpful Feedback
Presented by Janis Louie in Sill 120
In this session, you will learn how to approach giving and receiving feedback in a productive manner. This session will be beneficial to anyone, as we all give and receive feedback in every area of life.
1:30 - 2:30
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.
11 - 12
How to Read a Research Article
Presented by Behrad Noudoost in Sill 120
In this seminar 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.
11:30 - 12:30
Navigating Research, Race, Gender & Difference
Presented by Annie Fukushima in Sill 120
"Navigating Research, Race, Gender & Difference" will discuss how race, gender, and difference matters in research, working with professors/mentors, and in the dissemination of one’s research. Students will discuss a range of concepts regarding standpoints, racism, and oppression, and how such terms manifest when conducting research, collaborating with mentors, and in the dissemination of research. This workshop seeks to provide a platform for students to openly talk about conducting research while navigating difference.
About Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima: Dr. Fukushima is an Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division at the University of Utah. She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.
11 - 12
Doing Library Research
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.
12 - 1
Asking for Letters of Recommendation
Presented by Matt Haber in Sill 120
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.
1 - 2
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.
1:15 - 2:15
Presented by Daureen Nesdill
Effective data management is not intuitive. In this session, 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.
12 - 1
Presented by Jenny Andrus in Sill 120
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.
Please bring three sources for your project with you to this session.
12 - 1
Leveraging Your Research in Industry
Panel organized by Career and Professional Development Center 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.
3 - 4
Contextualizing Your Research
Presented by Shane MacFarlan in Sill 120
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).
12:15 - 1:15
Reflection as Part of the Research Process
Presented by Robyn Moreno in Sill 120
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.