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Undergraduate Research Volunteers (URV) Program

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


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


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.


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.


  • 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


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


June 14th - July 23rd

PhD Mentors will be accepted until Tuesday, June 1st

Orientation on June 14th, 12-1pm EST


  • 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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