Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

Undergraduate Research Volunteers (URV) Program

Engage in real research Dec 17 -- Jan 21

Applications are due December 8th

undergraduates

Why URV?

  • Explore research as a potential career path in both industry and academia, often after Master's and PhD Programs
  • Gain valuable experience, which includes for learning and real contributions to research
  • Build a network of peers and mentors with both research and industry experience

How it works

Eligibility: 

Any first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior in CICS may apply.

Applications and Matching:

Each URV will be assigned a "team" with two other undergraduate peers, under the guidance of a PhD Mentor.  Each mentor is affiliated with a CICS lab, led by faculty.

Candidates apply to the program and, if admitted, will be matched based on how their skills and interests meet the needs and focus-area(s) of a PhD Mentor.

 

Expectations:

  • Commit to the entire program
  • Contribute 5-10 hours/week to your research assignments including reading and summarizing research papers, collecting & analyzing data, coding, shadowing PhD work
  • Keep an open mind about the projects you are assigned
  • Meet weekly with your PhD Mentor (best accomplished as a full team)
  • Contribute to and attend a final poster presentation

Apply to URV


PhD mentors

why urv?

  • Help undergraduate students, who may not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue research, explore new interests, discover different career paths, and contribute to creative and meaningful tasks
  • Gain valuable mentoring/teaching experience
  • Enjoy the autonomy of putting together a an original action plan for your URV Team

how it works

Matching:

URV participants will be matched to PhD Mentors based on preferences for skills and research focus areas, as indicated by you.

Expectations:

  • Create a project or series of activities to engage URVs in basic exposure to research
  • Contribute at least 1 hour/week to assigning and reviewing URV tasks
  • Meet weekly with your assigned URVs (best accomplished as a full team)
  • Assist URVs with final poster presentation and attend finale

Become a PhD Mentor

Past projects

program support

Contact URV Coordinator, Dale Osef, with questions regarding this program.