California State University, Monterey Bay
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center
Newsletter -Issue 3 
Fall 2017
Summer 2017 Research Symposium
The Summer Research Symposium has become a key mark to the end of the summer at CSUMB. The 2017 Summer Research Symposium   grew once again , taking up all three floors of the Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library! . The symposium was a collaboration between UROC, the Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experience for Undergraduates program, the Naval Post Graduate School, and Hartnell Community College. 

The symposium comprised of 25 oral presentations (13 REU, 8 UROC, and 4 NPS) and 67 research posters (45 UROC, 20 NPS, and 2 Hartnell Community College). 

Prior to the symposium, UROC partnered with CSUMB's Educational Opportunity Program's summer bridge  to facilitate an interactive session on how to navigate and get the most out of a research poster. The day of the event EOP staff sent them on a scavenger hunt of research posters! 

UROC Scholar, Emily Smith (Social and Behavioral Sciences) was highlighted in the CSUMB news for her research in pre-Incan archaeology.

Meet the UROC team!                         
Dr. Heather Haeger is the Educational Research Associate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC) at California State University, Monterey Bay. She conducts research on educational equity in high-impact practices and the transition to graduate education. Heather is currently working with two undergraduate researchers, Flor Gomez and Camille Smith, to assess UROC programs and explore barriers to participation in research.
Heather is also serving as the Assessment Research Coordinator, a national fellowship from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). She has worked to synthesize and organize previous research on undergraduate research, build research partnerships, and support CUR members in conducting assessment on their campuses including delivering a webinar with over 80 attendees.
Heather received her Ph.D. in Education Policy, Studies and Practices from the University of Arizona. From 2011-2014, she was an Assistant Research Faculty in the Center for Post-secondary Research at Indiana University. She worked on designing, testing, and administering surveys on student engagement including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE).

When not researching, Heather loves to travel with her husband and 1 year-old son. She’s explored 45 states in the US and hopes to make it to all 50 soon.