Office of Undergraduate Research Newsletter 
Fall 2016 Issue No. 19
September 19, 2016
In this Issue
Register as a Research Scholar
Conducting Research?

Students engaged in undergraduate research/scholarship activities and creative works are eligible to become Research Scholars regardless of funding source or formal program affiliation.
27th Annual 
Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference
Save the dates!
Creative Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference will be held on
April 18 & April 20, 2017
UC Forums

October 13 - 15 
in Long Beach, CA.

Feel free to contact 
SACNAS with any 
questions you might have at ,  or call 1-877-SACNAS1. 

University of W isconsin Madison: Opportu nities in Engineering Conference (OPPS)
November 2 (travel day) - November 6, 2016 (travel day)

The Opportunities in Engineering Conference (OPPS) is an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate juniors and seniors to visit the UW-Madison campus and explore graduate programs in engineering. Available graduate engineering programs are listed in the table below. Opportunities for summer research programs and industrial employment will also be addressed.  

For more information about this conference, or to apply,visit:   

Virtual Poster Showcase
The Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) is a low-cost and high-value online poster presentation opportunity that allows students to share their research without having to travel to a conference. Students are guided through the essential peer-review process, during which they learn to evaluate each other's research.

For more information visit their website.

Office Information
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Stop By to Meet the OUR Staff

Sonia Zarate, Ph.D
(619) 260-8823

Maritza Castellanos
Administrative Assistant
(619) 260-4600 ext. 4441

Julie Bennett
Program Coordinator
(619) 260-7840

Fiorella Morales
Program Coordinator
(619) 260-7840

Joylene Aguirre
Student Assistant
(619) 260-7840

Sidney Smyer
Student Assistant
(619) 260-7840
Fall Office Hours
Monday- Friday 
8:00am - 4:00pm
Closed for Lunch 
11:30am -12:30pm

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Maher Hall 280
San Diego, California 92110

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Upcoming Events
Learning Through Digital Humanities
a Showcase 
Free and Open to the public!
Digital Humanities learners of all levels at all institutions in San Diego, join us to share best practices and projects. This event builds upon the NEH-sponsored Digital Humanities Pedagogy workshops and continues that project's mission: to build and strengthen Digital Humanities through a regional Network!

When: October 21, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: USD Humanities Center 

Nominate Your Research Mentor!

The goal of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research  Mentor Award is to increase awareness about the importance of  mentoring undergraduates in research, scholarly activities and creative works and to recognize USD  faculty that bring respect and excellence to these activities. We are currently soliciting  nominations for the OURMA award. 

Undergraduate researchers, 
the deadline to  nominate your  faculty research mentor is 10/28/16. More information can be found on the  OUR profile page.
Lawrence Hinman Research Grant Application

Deadline: Monday, October 24

The USD Honors Program invites all Honors students in their Junior or Senior year to apply for the Hinman Grant. Award winners receive up to $500, which can be spent on thesis research, a presentation for a conference, or travel to present at a conference. Applications will be due by  3 p.m. on  Monday, Oct. 24.

Travel Awards to Present Research
Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)  Travel Award

USD's Office of Undergraduate Research may award up to $500 per student (or up to $1,000 per group) to present original research, scholarly, or creative projects at a regional or national conference. Visit our website for more information.

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Travel Awards

Psychology Division 
Deadline to sign up is soon! CUR  is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original psychological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting. For more information and eligibility requirements  please visit their website.

Biology Division 
The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original biological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2016 - 2017. Visit their website for more information.

Fall Workshops 
for Students

AS Research Supply Fund Information Session
Tuesday, September 27th @ 12:30-2:00
Maher Hall 224

Research 101:  What is Research and How Do I Get Started?
(Choice of three days/times; attend one) 
Thursday, September 29th  @  1:00-2:00 pm
Serra Hall 209

Thursday, October 27th @1:00-2:00 pm
Serra Hall 204
Thursday, November 3rd @12:30-1:30 pm
Serra Hall 204  
Proposal Writing: Applying for Summer Research Scholarships
Thursday, November 10th  @ 12:30-1:30pm
Serra Hall 209 
Graduate Student Panel: Learn about Graduate Programs and What it Takes to be a Competitive Applicant
Thursday, December 1st  @ 12:30-1:30pm
UC Forum A 

Off-Campus Opportunities


All application materials must be submitted through the  RISE Grad Prep Academy  portal no later than  11:59 p.m. (EST)  on  Monday, October 3, 2016
Please direct all questions to

For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply. 
The 21st Carpenter-Cohn Lecture in Comparative Biology
"The Music of Evolution"
September 19, 2016 at 4 PM
Aztec Student Union Theatre
(2nd floor, east end)
Presented By:  Dr. Wayne Maddison 
University of British Columbia

The Carpenter/Cohn Lectureship was established to support an annual lecture by a distinguished biologist  whose research perspective is integrative and highlights major patterns and unifying themes in  comparative biology.

Dr. Maddison studies the systematics of jumping spiders, using structural and molecular data to determine their relationships,

All are invited to a reception following the lecture at the Faculty-Staff Club