Center for Undergraduate Research

January 28, 2014

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.

Important Spring Deadlines

 Undergraduate Research Symposium;
abstracts due:
March 26

  Undergraduate Research Awards for Summer & Fall 2014:
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Research Recharge: get your research off to a good start!  
February 7, 2014 
10:00-noon, at the Learning Studio in Anschutz Library (3rd floor) 
Students: are you working on a research project this semester and want to make sure you get off to a good start?  Or you have some lingering questions about getting started in research that you'd like to discuss?  Stop by our Research Recharge event at the Learning Studio in Anschutz Library (3rd floor) from 10:00 am-noon on Friday, February 7.  You can talk with Center staff, KU's Research Leaders, and fellow students about your research plans so you feel confident going forward into the semester.  Donuts, cocoa, and coffee will be provided!  



Spring Undergraduate Research Award Winners Announced 


This spring, 50 KU students will work on research projects funded by the Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA) program. Recipients will receive $1,000 to fund their projects, which encompass departments from across campus and explore a wide range of topics.

Students apply for the award by writing a four-page research proposal under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This spring's competition saw a 25 percent increase in the number of applications from the previous spring, making the awards all that much more competitive. Proposals were selected on the merit of the applicant's proposal, the applicant's academic record, and the recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant and the proposed project.


The Center is currently accepting applications from students who will be conducting research in the summer and fall 2014 terms, with a March 28th deadline.  


 Read more about this spring's UGRA winners...    



Research Matchmakers:
Connecting Undergraduate Research with Community Needs

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

Panelists Include:
Sonya Satinsky, HSES
Brent Metz, Anthropology

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, please fill out the RSVP form.   


 Learn more and register for the event...    



The Center in the News  

Be sure to check out some stories about students, faculty, and grad students involved with our Center's programs:


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

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