Center for Undergraduate Research

December 10, 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.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines
December 11
December 19
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Congratulations to
Travel Award Recipients      

Did you know that our Center offers Travel Awards for undergraduate students presenting their research at professional conferences? This semester, the nine students listed below each received $500 awards to help them attend and present at a professional conference.  We are grateful to the Student Senate Educational Opportunity Fund and the KU Center for Research for jointly funding these student awards. 

Alex Fennell
Society for Psychophysiological Research
Katelyn Whitt
Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
Jason Jones
Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
Cole Eisenmenger
American Music Therapy Association National Conference
Wade Welton
Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
Emilyjane Eichman
American Music Therapy Association National Conference
Rachel Zarich
American Music Therapy Association National Conference
Schuyler Kraus
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Katie Martin
American Music Therapy Association National Conference

Our next Travel Award Deadline is December 15.  Be sure to apply for your travel award early, as funds are available on a first come first serve basis.

 Learn more about the Travel Awards...


Start Planning for Summer Research

Winter break is a great time for students to start making summer research plans.  We know that many KU students stay on campus to devote extra time to their ongoing research, while others look for summer research programs off-campus as a way to explore graduate school opportunities, be close to home, or gain a new perspective on their field.

If you're planning to conduct research this summer, make sure to start looking into programs over winter break. Many programs will have January and February deadlines for applicants.  As you explore your summer options you might talk to your faculty mentor, meet with someone at our Center, and/or check out some of these websites:



Updates to the
Research Experience Program Certificate   

As our Center began administering the Research Experience Program (REP) certificate in 2012, we saw a need to revisit the program's goals and requirements based on student and faculty feedback. We worked with our Faculty Advisory Board and various departments to develop clearer, more flexible requirements for completion of REP.  You can visit our website to learn more, but here are the highlights:
  • Individual Research Plan (IRP) option: For students whose research crosses disciplines, we now have an option in which students and their faculty mentors work together to develop a plan of coursework and experiences to enable the student to complete his or her project.
  • Experience counts: To complete the certificate, students may substitute a semester of faculty-mentored research (~9 hours per week) in place of a course in either the Department or IRP option for completing REP. 
  • Clarity and Rigor: The steps to complete REP are more clearly outlined on our website, including a requirement that all students present their work publicly.
Winter Spotlights

Alumnus: Robert Barnhill,
Vice President for Science Policy & Strategic Initiatives, SACNAS
Major: Mathematics

Learn more about Robert...

Mentor: Mary Fry
Department: Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences

Learn more about Mary...

Student: Samuel Parrilla
Majors: Music Education, Music Theory, Music Composition

Learn more about Samuel...
Good luck with finals!
We'll be in touch again in 2015!    

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