Center for Undergraduate Research

September 2013

The Center for Undergraduate Research would like to keep you informed about the opportunities and accomplishments surrounding undergraduate research here at KU. Please forward this message to students, faculty, and staff who might be interested and encourage them to sign up for our mailing list.

Upcoming Events

September 6, noon: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Workshop

September 30, 2:30: Zotero citation management software workshop

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Want to get involved with research this fall?  Get started today!  

Are you interested in getting involved with research, but don't know where to start?  The Center for Undergraduate Research is here to help you.  Here are some options for your first step toward finding your research opportunity:
  • Do some reading: Visit the "Getting Started" page on our website and make a plan to contact a research mentor. 
  • Take a class: Enroll in LA&S  292, "Research Methods & Information Literacy."  Offered through KU Libraries, this one credit-hour online class runs from September through the beginning of December and will give a you a solid grounding in finding and evaluating sources.  There are still some spots left, so enroll today! 
  • Visit our office hours: Beginning this fall, the Center for Undergraduate Research will hold office hours every Friday between 11:00-1:00.  Stop by our office in 151 Strong Hall to develop a plan to get involved with research. Can't make it on Fridays?  Just email us at to set up an appointment! 



Undergraduate Research at the KU Teaching Summit

We'd like to send out a special thanks to all of the faculty and staff who participated in the undergraduate research sessions at the Center for Teaching Excellence's Teaching Summit on August 22.  The faculty presentations generated a lot of great discussions about how to improve our mentoring and instruction related to undergraduate research. 

Did the Summit spark some ideas for you?  We'd love to hear your thoughts! 
  • Email us at with any suggestions you have about how our office can support you as a mentor and instructor. 
  • Interested in incorporating more research into your course?  Or sparking a discussion about undergraduate research in your department? Our Assistant Director, Nikki Perry, would love to sit down with you to work through some solutions.  Just send us an email at to set up a time. 

September Spotlights

Visit the Center's website to learn more about our September spotlights:

Fall Undergraduate Research Award Winners Announced

Twenty-one KU students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs) to support their research projects this fall.  These students applied for the awards last spring by submitting a research proposal that they worked on in collaboration with their mentors.  Each student will receive $1,000 to support his/her project.   


The Center for Undergraduate Research will begin taking applications for the spring 2014 awards in September, with a November 13 deadline. For more details, visit our website.


Deadline Today!:
KU Research Leaders 

The Center for Undergraduate Research has extended the deadline for the KU Research Leaders. These students will:
        • Provide feedback and guidance for our Center's programs
        • Represent undergraduate research at events  
        • Become better leaders, presenters, and peer mentors
        • Receive the first ever KU Research Leaders shirt

Interested? Fill out the application on our website by 5pm CST on September 3rd.  




KU is an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

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