US House of Representatives Supports Undergraduate Research

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The Week of April 11, 2011 Designated “Undergraduate Research Week”

Washington, DC- The Council on Undergraduate Research joins undergraduate students, faculty members and colleges and universities engaged in undergraduate research in celebrating this week’s action on the floor of the US House of Representatives that honored undergraduate research and its invaluable contributions.  On November 16, 2010, the House designated the week of April 11, 2011 as “Undergraduate Research Week.”

“This action acknowledges the important and exciting research undergraduate students are conducting with the guidance of their faculty mentors.  The endeavor has a tremendous impact on students’ academic and professional pursuits, and benefits the country economically,” said CUR Executive Officer Nancy Hensel of the House’s approval of the measure.  ”I hope this recognition from our country’s elected officials encourages colleges and universities to create more research opportunities for undergraduate students.”

The measure, H. Res. 1654, was championed by ardent undergraduate research supporter Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12); other Congressional advocates of innovation, university-based research and expanded opportunities for young people signed on to support the resolution before it was debated this week, including Representative Vernon J. Ehlers (MI-3), Representative Mazie K. Hirono (HI-2), and Representative Daniel Lipinski (IL-3).  During consideration of the measure on the floor of the House, Holt said, “Around the country, thousands of students at hundreds of colleges and universities are involved in undergraduate research experiences that will shape the future trajectories of their lives and careers, yet we would benefit if thousands more were involved.”  Holt and Representative Glenn Thompson (PA-5), who also spoke in support of the resolution, linked the importance of undergraduate research to fostering a innovative culture in the United States.

Undergraduate Research Week will coincide with CUR’s annual “Posters on the Hill” event.  In April of 2011, CUR will host 60 students in the Nation’s capital.  These students, selected to visit Washington, DC through a highly competitive selection process, will share their research with Members of Congress and discuss how their undergraduate research experience has affected them.  They will also participate in events that will bring their experiences to federal agencies and officials.  Each participating student will come to Washington eager to share their riveting discoveries that are pushing the frontiers of knowledge.

See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAt6vrlOYqs&feature=channel

 

UROP Poster Workshop Session Thursday, Dec. 9th

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The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program will be holding a poster workshop session on Thursday, December 9th in Cabell Library at 2pm.  The workshop will focus on the significance of a poster as a vehicle for research presentation while covering all of the technical aspects of poster creation from design to printing.

Completion of the workshop will prepare undergrads to present their work, whether for the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity taking place on campus April 20, 2011, or for any other national conferences related to undergraduate research.

In order to participate in the workshop, students must first register with Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu to ensure sufficient space.  If you would like to workshop your poster, but are unable to attend any of the announced sessions, please contact Herb Hill to schedule an alternate meeting time.

 

2011 Summer Research Internships $5000

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HS – STEM SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

2011 Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students

· 10 week research experience; $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses

· Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, agricultural sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, psychology, social sciences

· Projects offered at:

National research laboratories: Argonne,  Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River

DHS laboratories: Transportation Security Laboratory

Other research facilities, including Battelle, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Naval Research Laboratory

· Locations include CA, CO, IL, MD, NM, NJ, SC, TN, WA

· U.S. citizenship required

· Application deadline: January 5, 2011

 www.orau.gov/dhsinternships
Administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education    

Funding Assistance for Poster Printing

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The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) has limited funding available to students for assistance toward poster printing costs for the Annual Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity.

Information and Guidelines for Acquiring Assistance:

–  The maximum amount of assistance is $50 per student.

–  As funds are limited, they will be distributed on a first come/first served basis.

–  To request financial assistance to help cover poster printing costs, email Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu

–  Once you have requested financial assistance, you will receive instructions on how and where to submit your poster for printing.

–  Once you have received those instructions, you have two weeks to print your poster at the designated printing service location.  (so make sure you are far enough along in your poster design process to have it ready to print in two weeks)

–  Students who are awarded funding for poster printing, MUST present their poster at the Annual Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

–  The deadline for poster printing is April 4th, 2011.

A reminder, UROP will be hosting a number of poster workshop sessions to assist students in the design and formatting of their poster.  It’s easier than you think!

December 9th, 2010 2pm              

 January 20th, 2011 12pm              

February 24th, 2011 2pm              

March 29th, 2011 12pm

All workshops will be held in Cabell Library, but students must first register with Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu to ensure sufficient space.  If you would like to workshop your poster, but are unable to attend any of the announced sessions, please contact Herb Hill to schedule an alternate meeting time.