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Undergraduate Research Volunteers (URV) Program

Application open

Apply for URV

Applications open April 2nd and close at 5pm on April 22nd.

URV SUMMER 2024 - June 1 - August 15

Engage in real research (Remotely)

Team announcement last week of april - attend one mandatory orientation May 3rd or may 6th 



Why URV?

  • Explore research as a potential career path in both industry and academia, often after Masters 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


Any current 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.



  • 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


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


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


  • 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 CICS Careers with questions regarding this program.