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November 13, 2013
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New office supports student research

Undergraduate students seeking to work with faculty on research projects now have a new resource in the Office of Undergraduate Research, a clearinghouse for student opportunities.

Faculty leading research can also receive assistance from the Title III-funded office in providing mentoring opportunities for students and building a capacity for their work. The purpose is to provide comprehensive support for undergraduate learning and to meet the university’s goals for closing the achievement gap.

“It creates a central location for all undergraduate research activities and facilitates mentor relationships between faculty and students,” said Coordinator Andrea Davis.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend an open discussion and information session on Monday, Nov. 18 from 12-2 p.m. in the Student Center’s Ballroom B to learn more about current undergraduate research activities and how the office can support them. The event will also provide a forum for students and faculty to share ideas and information about the kinds of support needed for undergraduate research.

In working with faculty from each of the colleges, the office will provide meaningful learning experiences for students conducting research. Eventually, an online database of current undergraduate research projects will be created to connect students to research opportunities within the university.

Students and faculty are also encouraged to present their research in academic conferences and scholarly publications. The annual Grants and Research Expo Day in April, hosted in partnership with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will provide students and faculty an opportunity to showcase their work with their colleagues.

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