One Lesser Known Gem of the Undergraduate Library (UL)

-written by Mollie McNeil          -edited by Daijha J. Copeland

The Undergraduate Libray

The Undergraduate Libray

If you have ever spent time wandering around the UL looking for a free table or just stretching your legs, you may have come across the second floor display case. The display case, erected to not only separate study space, it also houses undergraduate research projects from UNC-Chapel Hill undergrads. I know what you’re thinking: “I have too much work to do to spend time at a display case!!!” However, the projects featured in this case are hand-picked and the display can give you valuable insight to undergraduate research.

Each year at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research, students present their research to the UNC- Chapel Hill community. For undergraduates, this celebration is a great time to publicize and share their research, whether in a talk or poster format.  At the end of the symposium attendees vote on the best poster, taking into account both professional and artistic appeal.The winning posters are then put on display for one month each for the upcoming academic year. These projects are not only hand-picked for their widespread appeal; they provide a wide-ranging illustration of the endless possibilities of undergraduate research.

The Celebration for Undergraduate Research Poster Winner Display Case

The Celebration for Undergraduate Research Poster Winner Display Case

These project displays, which are sponsored by the Office for Undergraduate Research, can help you find inspiration to conduct your own research. The posters come from a variety of disciplines and are a true testament to the multitudinal nature of undergraduate research. On top of that, each research poster is accompanied by short student bio and reflection about their research experience.  These reflections give insight to the research process and describe the long-term benefits that undergrads have received from research. The current poster on display is Sherifat Ademola, a Psychology major from the class of 2014.

If you want to see what your peers are doing in research, learn more about the process, or be productive while taking a study break, check out these displays. Further, If you would like to see a wider range of current projects, consider attending the 15th annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Monday, April 14, from 1-3:15pm, at Franklin Porter Graham Student Union, Great Hall.

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The Celebration of Undergraduate Research and The Social Media Challenge

Here in the Office for Undergraduate Research we are busy gearing up for the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research Symposium which will be held on Monday, April 14th to kick off National Undergraduate Research Week (April 14th – 18th).

UNC joins the nation in recognizing the impact and importance of undergraduate research! In honor of this week, The Office for Undergraduate Research is hosting a social media Challenge! This is a five day “challenge” leading up to the Celebration of Undergraduate Research Symposium. Each day, we hope to challenge you by asking daily Carolina Trivia Questions on our Facebook page and our Twitter page. Once you are warmed up to the challenge an additional objective will be presented via social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to further push you.  To participate in this challenge and have the chance to win an awesome prize pack, just complete the daily objectives:

 

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The Carolina Trivia Question of the Day will be posted on BOTH Facebook and Twitter. There will be a total of five Trivia questions over the course of the week (Monday, April 7th – Friday, April 11th).  Message us your answers directly on Facebook OR Twitter by 5:00 pm each day.

Day 1 (Monday, April 7th):

  • Answer our Carolina Trivia Question of the Day

Day 2 (Tuesday, April 18th):

  • Answer our Carolina Trivia Question of the Day

Day 3 (Wednesday, April 9th):

  • Facebook Objective: Check into our Facebook event
  • Answer our Carolina Trivia Question of the Day

Day 4 (Thursday, April 10th):

  • Twitter Objective: Tweet about undergraduate research or the upcoming celebration with #UNCCUR14
  • Answer our Carolina Trivia Question of the Day

Day 5 (Friday, April 11th):

  • Instagram Objective: This year marks the Silver anniversary for the Celebration of Undergraduate Research.Instagram a picture incorporating something silver at UNC or incorporating the UNC crest with #UNCCUR14.
  • Answer our Carolina Trivia Question of the Day

 (Monday, April 14th): The Celebration of Undergraduate Research Symposium

  1. Check in on Facebook
  2. Live tweet the event with #UNCCUR14
  3. Submit pictures via Instagram with #UNCCUR14

The individual who participates the most during this social media adventure by answering as many trivia questions correctly and posting on the various social media outlets will receive a prize package valued at $50 or more!!!

***All are welcome to participate in the social media challenge. ONLY UNC undergraduate students are eligible to win the prize package***

Posters, Posters, Posters

On March 24, 2014, in preparation for the Celebration of Undergraduate Research, the Office for Undergraduate Research hosted a workshop on How to Create an Effective Poster. The workshop presenter was Tom Swasey, the Director of Publications & Graphic Services at the Carolina Population Center (CPC); Tom’s colleague, Denise Ammons, Graphics & Publications Specialist, was also present to provide feedback and advice.

The CPC has been extremely generous in putting numerous poster resources on-line. The CPC Posters website includes sample poster templates, tips on poster design, links to public domain images, and a Prezi w/voiceover of the presentation we were lucky enough to hear in person.

Tom noted that good content is crucial, but it is the visual appeal and flow of your poster that helps tell the story of that research effectively. He recommends using a white background for your poster – it’s easier to read and easier to print. Tom emphasized that one of the most common mistakes people make in creating their poster is adding too much text; white space, he said, is good. When you use graphics on your poster, make sure you include enough context for viewers to understand what the graphic means.

Tom Swasey at the poster workshop. Photo by Denise Ammons.

Tom Swasey at the OUR poster workshop. Photo by Denise Ammons.

Also, spend some time thinking about what you will say when you’re talking about your project at the poster session. How well can you explain the project verbally? OUR’s founding director, Dr. Patricia Pukkila, recommends that poster presenters practice the “One Minute Wow.” What is a compelling aspect of your research you can share quickly that will entice people browsing the poster session to stop and learn more about your project?

Sometimes students ask how to get their poster printed. Although we cannot recommend specific vendors, many students use Student Stores Print Stop. Other students have used PhD Posters, an on-line service with delivery to the Health Services Library. Poster size for the OUR Celebration is limited to 4’ x 3’.

If you’re doing an oral presentation at a platform session for the Celebration, join us on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Room 3102 where you’ll hear from OUR Liaisons for Undergraduate Research Dr. Hilary Lithgow and Dr. Jenny Hayden about How to Give an Effective Presentation.

The Celebration of Undergraduate Research is an annual research symposium for UNC undergrads held in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Student present posters and deliver talks in concurrent poster and platform sessions. The Celebration is sponsored by the Office for Undergraduate Research and co-sponsored by The Roosevelt Institute. The goal of the Celebration is to showcase and encourage meaningful research in all disciplines by undergraduates at the UNC-Chapel Hill. Plan to attend the Fifteenth Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research at UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 1:00-3:15 pm at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. An award ceremony follows in FPG Room 3206.

Writing with a Lens

-written by Caroline Kirby (Class of 2012: Honors in Comparative Literature and a major in French)

I am coming of age in a time when image and sound are replacing the written word in many forms of communication. Even significant life events are flashed on Instagram before they are summarized on Facebook, or, in an even more archaic form, detailed via e-mail. As a Comparative Literature major, research became the outlet for me to both rediscover the written word and translate it into today’s audio-visual language.

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Statue of Madame la République
location for one of the 17 October protests

Dr. Inger Brodey’s Comparative Literature 250 course challenged me to interpret literary works of art through disciplines such as music, art and film. Just as Romantic poets rewrote Classical epics in the context of their experiences, so contemporary filmmakers rewrite novels and short-stories through the lens of a camera. We studied how syntactical elements in prose, such as punctuation and sentence structure, can be communicated through audiovisual media.

The next semester, I discovered in Dr. Valerie Pruvost’s French 310 course a topic ahead of its time, captured not through text but through image and sound. According to Benjamin Stora’s La gangrene et l’oubli (La Découverte, 2005), trans. Gangrene and Oblivion, the French-Algerian War (1954-1962) remains largely undocumented in contemporary French history. As I discovered more about this “guerre sans nom” (war without a name), I came to understand these events were not recorded on pages but on the streets of Paris and Algiers, captured only by rare photographs (see Elie Kagan’s) and oral histories (Leila Sebbar’s La Seine Était Rouge (Thierry Magnier, 2003), trans. The Seine Was Red).

A Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship provided me with the resources to continue the work of historians Jean-Luc Einaudi and Benjamin Stora in filling in the blanks of history books surrounding the French-Algerian War. I took particular interest in the traumatic events of October 17, 1961 in Paris, France. On that night, thousands of anti-war protestors left their homes to march peacefully through the streets, yet hundreds were never seen again. On the eve of its 50th anniversary, historians, writers and activists were calling the French government to acknowledge the Paris Massacre, and I was among them.

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Insignia of the French Republic
outside a prison where some of the protesters were detained

Informed by the work of Einaudi and Stora, I traveled to sites in Paris where violence had occurred on the night of October 17, 1961. I was largely unimpressed. These train stations, statues and cafés seemed shrouded in the prosaic din of vehicles and passer-bys, none of whom slowed to take notice. I yearned to honor those whose lives were lost there, communicating their stories in the audio-visual language of my time. I returned to Chapel Hill with hundreds of photographs and hours of footage, and, with FinalCutPro and my narrative voice, began to write the story of the Paris Massacre.

The following academic year, I had the opportunity to present my work at Virginia Tech University’s ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference and at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research Symposium.  I was thrilled to continue my discovery of unwritten francophone histories through a Fulbright Research Grant to Geneva, Switzerland following graduation. Image and sound have become my way of writing, and the lens has become my pen. I am grateful for those professors who taught me the languages of literature, film, French and Arabic, and for those mentors who gave me the confidence to write in my own.

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Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Events

Here in the Office for Undergraduate Research we are busy gearing up for the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research symposium which will be held on Monday, April 14 as part of National Undergraduate Research Week.

We are fortunate to have additional events taking place on campus this spring that highlight undergraduate researchers at Carolina. Please join us at the Celebration and also take advantage of these other opportunities to support student researchers and learn about the wide range of research being conducted by Carolina undergrads.

Upcoming Events:

Biology Poster Session
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lower Level Lobby, Genome Sciences Building

Please join the Biology Department as its commendation students present their research. Learn more about undergraduate research in Biology here and go here to see some publications from Biology undergraduates.

The Second Global Africana Annual Conference
Water, Health and Environment: Experiences from African, African American and Diaspora Geographies
April 3-5, 2014

The Second Global Africana Annual Conference includes several student research panels, as well as a keynote address by Dr. Arturo Escobar. For more information, contact Travis Gore.

Undergraduate Research Honors Symposium in Biology
Friday, April 4, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Room 215, Coker Hall

Join us for research posters and talks presented by candidates for Biology Honors degrees, who must present and defend their thesis research during the John K. Koeppe Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium. Learn more about undergraduate research here and go here to see some publications from our undergrad students. For more information, contact Summer Montgomery.

12th Annual Anadarko Student Research Symposium
Thursday, April 17, 2014
9 am – 4 pm.
The Friday Center

Join the Department of Geological Sciences for talks and poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students.

Imagining the Civil War
Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Wilson Library, Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room

Join Dr. Eliza Richards and the students from ENGL444 who have created and curated this major exhibition of Civil War literature. The students will be providing a gallery tour of the exhibit.

Asian Studies Senior Honors Colloquium
Thursday, April 24, 2013
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
New West 219

Our hardest-working soon-to-be graduates will present at our annual Senior Honors Colloquium. These brief but fascinating glimpses into their honors research will be a lot of fun.  Don’t miss it. For more information, contact Dr. Nadia Yaqub.

Completed Events:

The UNC Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology presents:
Annual CEE Student Research Symposium
Saturday, February 22, 2014
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
North Carolina Botanical Garden-Reeves Auditorium

The 2nd annual CEE Student Research Symposium will be held Saturday, Feb 22, 2014, at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. This student-run event will consist of a series of student lectures on research topics in addition to question and answer sessions. The Symposium will likewise feature a poster hall to showcase the many student researchers with work involving ecological or environmental questions.

McCain African and Diaspora Student Undergraduate Research Conference
February 28 and March 1
Graham Memorial Room 039

The inaugural McCain African and Diaspora Student Undergraduate Research Conference presents undergraduate research projects on a variety of aspects of African, African American and Diaspora studies. The keynote speaker, UNC alum Herman Bennett, will present the Dunbar/Stone Lecture on Race, Sex & Freedom in Early-Modern Latin America. Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Tim McMillan.

University Research Day
March 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Great Hall, FPG Student Union

University Research Day provides a venue for students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines to share their research with the campus community. The event is organized and sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation and has two major objectives: 1) to give presenters an opportunity to make their research relevant to a non-specialized audience, and 2) to encourage undergraduate students to become involved in university research efforts. Poster and paper sessions are offered for the humanities; social sciences; biological & health sciences; computer, mathematical, and physical sciences; and a new division: nano and translational medicine. All presenters are invited to a luncheon celebrating their contributions to the University’s academic climate and an awards reception at the conclusion of the event.

Spotlight on Student Research Poster Event
Gillings Global School of Public Health
Friday, March 21, 2014
2:00-3:00 p.m.
MHRC Upper Atricum

Research in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is an essential part of the teaching mission. Virtually all SPH research teams include both faculty and students, giving students the opportunity to work on real world problems in which they can apply the approaches that they have learned in the classroom. Join us and learn about the exciting research in which our students are engaged.

PIT Journal Conference

The People, Ideas, and Things (PIT) Journal hosts an annual university-wide undergraduate research conference. The Spring 2014 PIT Conference will take place on March 28th in the Student Union building.

If your department or unit is hosting an event that highlights undergraduate researchers, please let us know and we’ll update the list.

Are you interested in serving as an OUR Ambassador?

Have you had a substantial undergraduate research experience? Do you enjoy talking about your research, scholarship and/or creative work? Would you like to have access to professional and leadership development opportunities? Are you interested in helping to support and expand the work of the Office for Undergraduate Research?

If so, please consider applying to serve as an OUR Ambassador! We’d like to recruit several additional Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year.

You can read about some of our current Ambassadors here.

Our goals for the program:

  • To build a cohort of student ambassadors to support and enhance the work of the Office for Undergraduate Research
  • To provide opportunities for students to help continue to build a culture of undergraduate research at UNC
  • To provide peer mentors to incoming and current students interested in research
  • To provide professional and leadership development opportunities to OUR Ambassadors
  • To provide assistance to OUR in developing fundraising activities

Requirements:

  • Complete application and interview process
  • Meet approximately six times during the academic year with OUR staff for program planning and professional development
  • Commit 15-20 hours/semester to Ambassador activities. In addition to Ambassador meetings, you might mentor current and incoming students, participate in panels or present in classes about undergraduate research, and engage in other outreach activities, including fundraising

If you are interested in applying to be an OUR Ambassador for next year, please complete the application on or before March 18, 2014 and email a copy of your current resume.

If you have any questions, email us.

Capturing the Past in the Present

-written by Olivia Dorsey

-edited by Daijha J. Copeland

Olivia Dorsey B.S. Information Science Afri Amer &Diaspora Stds Minor  from Clayton,NC

Olivia Dorsey
B.S. Information Science
Afri Amer & Diaspora Stds Minor
from Clayton, NC

Upon entering into Carolina, participating in undergraduate research had never crossed my mind. I just wanted to hone in on my technical abilities to produce websites and graphic designs, which was my passion. After taking an African, African American, and Diaspora Studies course my sophomore year, I acquired an interest in African American Studies. After hearing about the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from a friend who was a recipient himself, I was convinced to apply.  I decided that I would use my SURF experience to challenge myself; I would combine my two passions for history and technology. The skills in web development, which I had developed in my years at Carolina, would allow me to create a digital collection, preserving damaged historical photographs from families in the area.

To conduct my project, I traveled to Franklin, North Carolina where I would be able to digitize the family photographs of those who may or may not realize the historical or sentimental value. Many people had their photo albums tucked away, and had even forgotten about them. Yet when asked to see the photos, they were eager to relive those memories and take me along for the journey.  By the end of the project, I created FranklinMemories.com, a website, which holds about 200 photographs and several interviews capturing Franklin’s past.

A photograph of unknown individuals, take from the album of Carrie Stewart Franklin, NC

A photograph of unknown individuals, take from the album of Carrie Stewart
Franklin, NC

In Franklin I created bonds with people there that I will continue to cherish. Next semester, I will be attending the School of Information and Library Science, at Carolina, in pursuit of a Masters of Information Science to study the Digital Humanities. Because of my SURF project, I want to pursue a career as a developer of Digital Humanities projects.  I am not only focusing on web design, but also 3D modeling, motion graphics, and other avenues that I feel will only enhance historical projects. I really hope that by creating these projects, I can continue to make local history accessible to those within the community who may not know about their history or who may not have the means to access it.

I encourage anyone who is planning to pursue a research project, whether funded through SURF or not, to be persistent. If your project is something that you are passionate about, you will be able to find a way to make it happen. But I also think that in order to make your project successful, you must be willing to challenge yourself. divider

Inspiration Within and Outside of the Library

-written by Elizabeth “Liz” Tolleson

-edited by Daijha J. Copeland

B.A. History Major from Pleasant Hill, CA

Elizabeth “Liz” Tolleson
B.A. History Major
from Pleasant Hill, CA

After graduation I plan to seek a career creating comics based upon historical people and events. I felt that in order to do comics about history, I needed to know about my female predecessors and the history of comics. To that end, I chose a research topic that paralleled with my career path. My topic focused on 19th and 20thcentury American female cartoonists and their contribution to the field of comics. I began my research sitting in front of the computer and searching databases, then I soon realized that I needed to be more active in my approach.  While visiting a friend in Chicago, I decided to visit the world renowned  University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library where I did some preliminary research on their databases. This visit confirmed my suspicions that I would have to do a lot of digging to obtain the information on female cartoonists that I was looking for.  I trudged along and then visited the Art Institute of Chicago’s library to use their database. I was able to read a catalogue from a 1989 art show on cartoons and a thesis done by a student at the Art Institute in 2000. Slowly but surely I was finding the pieces to the puzzles that aimed to create.
Along with diving into the unknown of archival research, I also stepped out of my comfort zone and reached out to THE woman in the realm of female cartoonists, Trina Robbins. Robbins founded the underground comic Wimmen’s Comix in

First Female Cartoonist: Rose O’Neill Photographery: Gertrude Kasebier, from http://thecarbonworks.com/blog/?p=1459

First Female Cartoonist:
Rose O’Neill
Photographery: Gertrude Kasebier
from: http://thecarbonworks.com/blog/?p=1459

the 1970s and continues to write and publish comics and graphic novels today. She has also spent the last few decades researching, writing and publishing histories of women cartoonists in the 19th and 20th centuries, and has done much to preserve the history of many women cartoonists who would have been otherwise forgotten, especially the first woman cartoonist, Rose O’Neill. Robbins has inspired and encouraged other women, like myself, to continue researching, writing about and publishing information on women cartoonists.

During my meeting with Robbins, she encouraged me to attend the annual Copper Con convention in Mesa, Arizona.  CopperCon is a convention hosted by The Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society where fans of science-fiction and fantasy come together to listen to and meet authors, check out shows, and purchase collectable items. When I got to CopperCon I connected with Robbins who introduced me to Liz Safian-Berube. Safain-Berube was the only female illustrator employed by DC Comics during what is known as the Silver Age of comics (1950′s-1970′s). Safain-Berube shared her perspective on the significance of women cartoonists working during the 20th century. Being able to meet Robbins and Safain-Berube along with my database searches in libraries and museums has provided me with a well-rounded view of 19th and 20th century female cartoonists and deepened my understanding of my research topic.

 

 

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Undergrads as an Asset in Neurobiology

-written by Chris Smith

BS Neuroscience  Furman University From Greenwood, SC

Chris Smith
BS Neuroscience Furman University
From Greenwood, SC

I am a 6th year Neurobiology PhD student in the lab of Charlotte Boettiger in the Department of Psychology at UNC. During my time as a graduate student at UNC – CH, I have had the pleasure of working with 8 UNC undergraduate students whose interests ranged from psychology to biology. My role was to show them the various aspects (and challenges) of human subject research and how it can be used to understand the cognitive processes related to addictive behaviors we study in the lab. Specifically, I focus on understanding the neurobiology of decision making processes which may be altered in populations at risk for developing addictive disorders or populations already diagnosed with addictive disorders.

This academic year I have three undergraduates – Melisa Menceloglu, Michael Parrish, and Scott Oppler – working with me. Their projects demonstrate the range of approaches we use to understand human behavior. Melisa and Michael are assisting me on a neuroimaging project to understand neural circuit differences across individuals which may modulate the behavior we study. Scott, on the other hand, has been helping me investigate how genetic polymorphisms affecting dopamine levels in humans impact their behavior.

Michael Parrish  BS Psychology/ BS Biology

Michael Parrish
BS Psychology/ BS Biology

Scott Oppler  BS Psychology & Biology Melissa Menceloglu BA Psychology

Scott Oppler
BS Psychology & Biology
Melisa Menceloglu
BA Psychology

How UNC Undergraduate Students Are An Asset to My Work:

While working with UNC-CH undergraduate students, I have learned that they are all extremely bright, self-motivated, and eager to learn new things. They have assisted me greatly in the work I have been doing over the years. For example we have been looking at the role of age and genetic polymorphisms on human behavior. Specifically, a person’s age (emerging adult versus adult) appears to determine which particular genetic variations may be associated with a tendency to value the future less: a process we believe is implicated in promoting and sustaining alcohol use disorders. A total of 4 UNC-CH undergrads were      acknowledged in the paper (in Psychopharmacology) focused on this project.

The Importance of Undergraduate Research Experiences:

 Getting experience with scientific research is the best way to know whether or not pursuing a career in science is right for you. I was able to take advantage of undergraduate research at Furman University while I pursued my Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience. My early work, looking at the impact of alcohol and the neuropeptide beta-endorphin on stress and anxiety behavior in mice, was critical in inspiring me to apply to PhD programs focused on the neurobiology of drug abuse and behaviors associated with problem drug use. Conducting original science is a difficult enterprise and nothing prepares someone more for understanding the process better than doing it firsthand, which is the value of pursuing research opportunities early.

I encourage anyone remotely interested in the scientific process to think about volunteering in one of the hundreds of labs at UNC-CH. This is a great place to explore a vast array of research topics and areas. In labs affiliated with the Neurobiology Curriculum, for instance, one can experience the various approaches researchers take to understanding the brain and behavior from animal models to humans, from intracellular signaling in individual neurons to widespread neural activity as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Links to publications of my work (containing acknowledgements to many UNC undergraduate students that have helped out over the years):

Smith CT, Boettiger CA (2012) Age modulates the effect of COMT genotype on delay discounting behavior. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 222: 609-617.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22349272

Smith CT, Swift-Scanlan T, Boettiger CA (2013). Genetic polymorphisms regulating dopamine signaling in the frontal cortex interact to affect target detection under high working memory load. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, in press.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24144248

Other papers of Interest from our lab:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16385186

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18160646

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Your Undergrad Research Career Awaits

-written by Daijha J. Copeland

With the fall semester nearing its end many Carolina students realize that while this is a cause for celebration there are still measures to be taken to prepare for the spring and summer.  Along with creating the perfect schedule for the spring semester, avoiding the dreadful 3:00 p.m. Friday class, it is time to think about applying for summer fellowships and internships. Application deadlines, occurring between January and early March, can easily sneak up on you once we return from winter break.  I found myself extensively Google searching or searching through every department for fellowships that appealed to me. It was not until later in my undergraduate career that I found about funding databases that listed tons of research opportunities for undergraduates. Two such databases are listed below. Please utilize them and save yourself a lot of time in your search for an opportunity that appeals to you.

The Odum Institute  Computing Lab

The Odum Institute
Computing Lab

Carolina Internal Funding Database

Carolina Center for Public Service funding database

Maybe you are unsure of your interest in conducting and/or are qualified to conduct an individual research project. Or maybe you have already received a fellowship/internship and are looking for help in carrying out your project whether it be data collection, data analysis, or publishing results.  The Odum Institute, located on the second floor of Davis Library, is one such resource that offers numerous services to aid the undergraduate researcher, particularly in the social sciences, in aspects of the research process.  A large number of workshops and short courses ranging in various topics dealing with research methods and related software tools are open to all students and are great for those wanting to acquire these skills before diving into an independent project. Several full-time staff members are available for consulting on survey research methods, qualitative methods, and quantitative methods.  An open computing lab staffed by advanced graduate students is provided for help and support with the computers, software, finding data, basic statistical consulting, etc. for the undergraduate researcher in the heart of their project.

The Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library

 

The Health Sciences Library provides services for the undergraduate researcher despite this notion that the library only serves degree holding individuals well into their career.  A variety of instructional sessions on research related topics are offered by the Heatlh Sciences Library that are open to anyone. Over a 130 self-help research guides and tutorials for every aspect of the research process are offered. Students can use email, chat, phone to ask questions or set up a one-on-one consultation for help with their research by using the Ask a Librarian page.  Most Librarians specialize in certain fields thus choosing the right person to contact via the Ask a Librarian page is essential. More information about each librarian and their special expertise is listed on the Meet Your Librarian page.

The Odum Institute and the Health Sciences Library offer resources for the undergraduate researcher beyond what is offered at the Davis Library or the Undergraduate Library.  Many of us forget that these buildings exist for our usage and many are even unaware that these services exist. No matter what point in your research career, there are resources accessible to make you more knowledgeable in aspects of conducting research making your project proceed smoothly. So don’t procrastinate in any regard to your undergraduate research career as summer will be here before you know it.