Center for Undergraduate Research

December 19, 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.

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 Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Applications:
January 3

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Spring Graduate Research Consultants announced  

The Center for Undergraduate Research is excited to announce our inaugural group of Graduate Research Consultants (GRCs).  This spring, nine GRCs will pair with faculty members in a wide variety of fields to challenge their undergraduate students to further develop their research skills.  The GRCs will spend 30 hours over the course of the semester working with a class to design, implement, and assess in-class research projects.  The faculty/ GRC pairs will develop these projects and document student learning to provide models for incorporating research into the classroom for the campus community.   The Center will share some of what they have learned at the end of the spring semester, so stay tuned! 


Learn more about the spring Graduate Research Consultants...  



Save the date!

Research Matchmakers:
Connecting Undergraduate Research with Community Needs

February 14, 2014
1:00-3:00 at The Commons, Spooner Hall 

Instructors: the Center for Undergraduate Research and the Center for Civic & Social Responsibility invite you to attend our spring Matchmakers event. We will be discussing and brainstorming how to match undergraduate courses with research projects that benefit the community (community-based research). We will also address how students, through courses that include community-based research, can complete Core Goal 5. 


Community-based research (CBR):

  • Provides community groups with valued services (such as program assessment, assets studies, etc.) that address community-identified needs and questions.
  • Gives students the opportunity to practice research skills in an applied setting and see the direct impact their work can have on a local community.

Research Matchmakers will be an informational workshop about CBR. We will give a more comprehensive explanation of CBR, provide some examples, and describe how our respective offices can support instructors interested in doing CBR in their courses.  The second part of the event will be loosely modeled after a round of speed-dating, where faculty members and community partner representatives pair up for several minutes to brainstorm possible CBR collaborations.  


If you are interested in participating, simply email to let us know and we will keep you informed as the event draws near.


 Learn more about how to incorporate CBR into your class...   



Time to start thinking about summer research! 

Students: are you interested in exploring some opportunities to do research this summer?  Now is the time to start exploring your possibilities.  There are many structured summer research programs available for undergraduates, many of which provide stipends and/or pay for travel expenses.  However, deadlines for programs like the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) are fast approaching, with many applications due early in the spring semester. If you are interested in participating in a structured undergraduate research program like this, spend some time over winter break researching your options and consulting with your mentor. As always, just send us an email if you have questions or need some help! 


 Learn more about NSF summer REU programs...   



Happy holidays! 

This will be our last newsletter for the fall semester.  Look for our next newsletter when classes start in the spring.   


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