Center for Undergraduate Research

July 7, 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.

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Call for 2014-2015
Student Research Ambassadors  

Is research an important part of your KU experience?  Do you want to share that experience with others and help them get involved?


KU's Research Ambassadors help their peers and potential KU students understand: 

What is research?

How do I get involved?

How can the Center for Undergraduate Research help?


Each KU Research Ambassador is expected to attend a session at the start of the fall and spring semesters to meet the other Research Ambassadors, learn more about undergraduate research at KU, and prepare to represent the Center for Undergraduate Research at events and during class visits.  Each Research Ambassador is expected to visit 3 classes per semester and take part in one Center-sponsored event per semester.  Finally, all Research Ambassadors are expected to help out at the Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held on April 25, 2015. Preference will be given to students who have completed two or more semesters of research and are familiar with the Center's current programs, including the Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs) and the Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply!   


Apply online by August 7th, 2014


Learn more and apply...

Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Register today for the Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session!   

Participating in undergraduate research this summer?  Take a morning to share the results of your work at the Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session on July 25 in the Kansas Union.  Any undergraduate participating in a KU research project is invited to present.   


Important dates:

July Spotlights 

Alumna spotlight:
Sierra Falter, Associate Attorney
Major: Psychology & Art History, Class of 2009
View this spotlight.


Mentor spotlight: Jacob Carter
Department: PhD student, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
View this spotlight.



Student spotlight: Kristin Miller
Major: Applied Behavioral Science
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.

Center Staff Present at
National CUR Conference   

Staff with the Center for Undergraduate Research presented two workshops about best practices in undergraduate research at the 16th National Conference of the Council on Undergraduate Research, which took place from June 28-July 1 in Washington D.C. Program coordinator Dyan Morgan and Assistant Director Nicole Perry presented "Research Basics for Everyone: Online Modules as a Tool for Scaling Up Research Instruction," where they discussed the Center's Research Byte videos as one example of ways to scaffold research skills through online material.  Perry and Center Director John Augusto also presented "Managing the Mentoring Workload: Evidence-based Mentoring as a Tool for Improvement," where they discussed the benefits of taking an evidence-based approach to mentoring undergraduate researchers.     


If you are interested in hearing more about these topics or would like to arrange for a presentation about these topics to your group or department, please contact the Center at    


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

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