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Undergraduate Research Volunteers (URV) Program

Engage in real research from June 14th - July 23rd

undergraduates

Why URV?

  • Explore research as a potential career path in both industry and academia, often after Master's and PhD Programs
  • Experience this alternative to a summer internship, which allows 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 rising 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.

Most communication and collaboration will be virtual for summer 2021.

Timeline:

June 14th - July 23rd

Applications are open as of May 18th.  Those who have been accepted will be notified the week of May 31st.

Orientation on June 14th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST.

Expectations:

  • Commit to the entire 6-week program
  • Contribute 5-10 hours/week to your research assignments including reading and summarizing research papers, data collection & analysis, 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 final poster presentation on July 23rd, 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

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.

Timeline:

June 14th - July 23rd

PhD Mentors will be accepted until Tuesday, June 1st

Orientation on June 14th, 12-1pm EST

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)
  • Attend Midway Check-in on July 9th at 12pm EST
  • Assist URVs with final poster presentation for July 23rd, 12-1pm EST

program support

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

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