Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Resources

CBS offers a multitude of resources for students interested in undergraduate research, whether you are just getting started, or have been working in a lab for years. Continue reading below for more information!

NEW! The CBS Undergraduate Research Listserv
The CBS Undergraduate Research Listserv is a way for you to stay connected with research resources. This newsletter will provide information related to:

  • current openings in research labs
  • summer research opportunities
  • opportunities for presenting your research at local and national conferences
  • funding resources
  • research-related workshops, events, and information sessions
  • highlights of student research and accomplishments
  • and more!

Sign up online at z.umn.edu/cbs-ugresearch-listserv-signup, or contact cbsrsrch@umn.edu for more information.  

Undergraduate Research Coordinator
The CBS Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Dr. Jacob L Moore, is available to help you navigate the research process, from taking your first steps to get involved, to communicating your research results, to discussing your research experiences on applications and in interviews. Check out the CBS Career Support page for a full list of services. You can schedule an appointment with him online at cbsss.appointments.umn.edu, or by calling CBS Student Services at 612-624-9717. You can also email him directly at moorejl@umn.edu.    

CBS Events & Workshops
Each semester the CBS Career Team offers a variety of events and workshops related to research and/or graduate school. This semester, be sure to check out the Life Sciences Graduate School Fair, the School of Public Health Epidemiology and Community Health Panel, the Preparing for Graduate School Workshop, and the Summer Research Program Information Session. For Spring, keep an eye out for a series of workshops designed to help you put together a poster for a conference, as well as an information session related to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Research Roadmap
Do you have questions about how to get started in research? Check out the CBS Research Roadmap for tips on identifying your interests, finding labs that are conducting research related to these interests, and contacting faculty members to ask about current openings.

Directed Research
If you’re looking to receive course credit through Directed Research, be sure to check out the CBS Directed Research page for instructions and frequently asked questions. As a reminder, you should plan to submit your directed research contract by the 10th day of the semester, which is Monday, September 17 for Fall 2018. If you cannot submit your contract by that date, you can still submit a petition to the Scholastics Committee to register.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) awards students a research scholarship and research expenses for a semester long project. See the UROP page for a full description, and instructions for how to apply. To apply for Spring 2019 funding, you must submit your application by October 8, 2018. Questions? Contact the UROP program at urop@umn.edu. Looking for feedback on your application? Contact the CBS Undergraduate Research Coordinator at moorejl@umn.edu.

Connect with the Office of Undergraduate Research
The University of Minnesota Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides additional resources for students. In addition to overseeing UROP, the OUR hosts the annual University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium every April. This is a great opportunity to share your research results with students, faculty, and staff at the U of M. The OUR also hosts regular research-related workshops (like the Think Like a Researcher workshop on Sept 13, 14, and 21), and provides information on a variety of other resources. Be sure to check out their page!

Conference Poster Printing & Travel Awards
Did you know CBS will cover the printing cost for a scientific poster? If you are presenting a poster at a local or national conference, send an email to cbsrsrch@umn.edu with details on the conference for instructions on submitting your poster.

You can also apply for a CBS Travel Award to receive up to $500 toward travel expenses to present your research at a conference. Applications are accepted year-round, and must be received prior to attending the conference. See the CBS Travel Award page for more information.  

Finally, CBS is able to provide full support for a small number of students who are accepted to present their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Applications for both NCUR and the CBS NCUR Travel Award will be due in early December. Be on the lookout for additional information later in the semester.

Current Opportunities

  • Hayden Lab
    Neuroeconomics and decision making lab looking for motivated undergraduates to fill some volunteer research assistant positions starting this fall. About 6-10 hours per week. For more information check out our lab website at https://www.haydenlab.com/. Interested students should contact Giuliana LoConte at locon001@umn.edu.

  • Sachdev Lab
    The Sachdev Lab is currently looking for a student beginning their sophomore or junior year that is interested in a research opportunity. Contact Dr. Sachdev at sachd003@umn.edu for more information.

September, 2018