Center for Undergraduate Research

March 3, 2014

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Recognizing Undergraduate Research Mentoring      


Taking the lead from the many students who have told us about the outstanding mentorship they've received from graduate students and postdocs, this year the Center is introducing a new mentor award to recognize the various people on KU's campus who mentor undergraduate researchers.  The Center will now have two undergraduate research mentoring awards:
  • Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
    • Eligibility: any KU Lawrence campus tenure-track or tenured faculty member
  •  Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
    • Eligibility: any KU Lawrence Campus non-tenure-track faculty member, instructor, staff member, postdoctoral researcher, or graduate student  
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Spring 2014 timeline:
  • March 17: recommendation deadline for mentor awards
  • April 1: full nomination packets due from departments and supervisors
  • April 26: winners of both awards announced at KU's Undergraduate Research Symposium 

Students: recommend your mentor for an award by March 17!


Learn more about the mentor awards...


March Spotlights 

Alumna spotlight:
Remealle How, Physician
Major: Microbiology, Class of 2005
View this spotlight.


Mentor spotlight: Nate Brunsell
Department: Geography
View this spotlight.




Student spotlight: Bryne Gonzalez
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing
View this spotlight.



We're still looking for more alumni to feature on our website, so please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in being featured.  They can fill out the alumni spotlight form here.
Travel Award Final Deadline for Spring 2014

Due to an exceptionally competitive pool of applicants for the Travel Award, our funds are nearly depleted for this academic year.  The last deadline for students interested in applying for the Travel Award this year will be March 15.  We will again be accepting applications for the award starting in August 2014.


Learn more and apply... 



Cover Art Competition: Vote Today!  
This year, the Center is hosting a Cover Art Competition to choose the cover art for the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The winner's work will be featured on all of the promotional materials associated with the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 26, and the winner will also receive $100!  Listed below are our three finalists; vote for the one that you think best represents the breadth of undergraduate research at KU before Friday, March 7!

Matthew Branham



John Dillingham

"Permission to Grow"




Erin Dvorak

"Figure 14"



See the full images and vote...
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