Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Resources - September 10


Funding and Scholarships

  • Goldwater National Scholarships award $7500 toward undergraduate educational expenses for sophomores and juniors in STEM fields with outstanding academic records and significant research experience who plan to have careers related to research. Deadline for consideration for a campus nomination is November 19, 2018. See https://goldwaterscholarship.gov for more information, and contact natschol@umn.edu with questions.  

  • Other national scholarships and fellowships are available for students engaged in research. See the Office of National and International Scholarships List for additional opportunities. Programs of particular relevance for CBS students include the Udall, Hollings, and Astronaut Scholarships.

Events and Workshops

Writing an Effective NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Proposal Workshop series.
Various dates
Through a series of recorded events and a synchronous online panel discussion, this workshop series will provide graduate students as well as senior undergraduate students with information about the following:

  • The NSF GRFP call for proposalsHow to write a successful proposal to address both the intellectual merit and broader impact criteria
  • The experiences of successful applications
  • How successful applicants leveraged local and online CIRTL Network programming in their proposals

Workshop Schedule:

  • Part 1: Watch a video providing an overview of the GRFP. This video will be posted on Friday, September 7.
  • Part 2: Participate in a synchronous online session, led by students who have received a GRFP award. Talk in smaller groups with award recipients in a discipline similar to your own. This session will take place on Thursday, September 13th at 2:30pm-4:30pm.
  • Part 3: Watch a second video about addressing the broader impacts criterion in the proposal. This video will be posted on Monday, October 8.

To register, go to https://www.cirtl.net/events/536.

Think Like a Researcher Workshop.
Thursday, September 13, 2-5 p.m. OR Friday, September 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. OR Friday, September 21 1-4 p.m.
Interested in getting started with research? The Think Like a Researcher workshop is designed to help you become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities including UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) and URS (Undergraduate Research Scholarship). It is designed to bring
students from across the University and different colleges together to learn.

Workshop topics include: Student panel of researchers, how to find a faculty mentor, finding scholarly literature, intro to ethics, data management basics and more. Learn more and apply at z.umn.edu/thinklikearesearcher. Have questions? Please contact Kate Peterson (katep@umn.edu),, Undergraduate Services Librarian

Research opportunities on campus

Bond Lab
The Bond Lab is seeking motivated undergraduates to take responsibility for washing lab dishes, preparing anaerobic growth media, and autoclaving lab supplies for the Fall 2018 semester. If you are interested in doing microbiology research in the lab, we have several projects about the physiology of anaerobic iron-reducing bacteria that can be discussed further. No prior research experience is expected or necessary. This is a volunteer position for approximately 6-8 hours per week. Successful applicants will be punctual, reliable, flexible, and inquisitive. Interested students should contact Rebecca Calvo at rcalvo@umn.edu. Please include a 250 word statement describing your academic interests and why you are interested in the position.

Research opportunities off campus

NIH Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is looking for science students with a passion to advance global health research in the 21st century for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, held February 4–7, 2019, in Bethesda, Maryland. Candidates who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible. Applications are due October 15. Visit the INRO page to learn more.

September, 2018