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NSF EPSCoR workshop for students

Dr. William Macauley and UNR’s Writing Center (http://www.unr.edu/writing-centerwill be providing two workshops for students of the University of Nevada, Reno; Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College preparing proposals for the NSF EPSCOR 2014-2015 Academic Year Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) scholarship applications (http://epscorspo.nevada.edu/solicitations-2/).  The purpose of these workshops is to enable participants to write and submit the most successful proposals possible by focusing first on content and then on a final polish. Workshop details are included below:

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Add comment September 16th, 2014

Undergraduate Research Summer Programs 2014 Workshop and Event Schedule

Undergraduate Research Summer Programs BBQ
Thursday, June 12, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Location: Rancho San Rafael Park, Peavine Pavilion
RSVP to Christina Clack (cclack@unr.edu) by Friday, June 6

Oral Communication Skills
Friday, June 20, 10:00 – 11:00am
Speaker: Beth Leger, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Location: SFB 103

Ethics Principles in the Conduct of Research
Thursday, July 3, 10:00 – 11:00am
Speaker: Nancy Moody, Director, Research Integrity Office
Location: SFB 103

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Add comment May 7th, 2014

CUR Conference 2014 travel grants

CUR Conference 2014 travel grants
Application Deadline: April 25, 2014

CUR is offering a limited number of conference grants, up to $250 each, for individuals to attend the CUR Conference 2014: Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All. Nominees are asked to provide contact and demographical information, a statement of estimated expenses, a statement describing financial need and a statement on expected outcomes from attending the CUR Conference.

To apply for this conference grant, please visit: https://members.cur.org/members_online/submissions/substart.asp?action=welcome&cid=142.

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Add comment April 22nd, 2014

Congratulations to Kurtresha and Beatriz!

Kurtresha Worden (Junior, GURA awardee) received first place in the undergraduate poster competition for the Annual Drosophila Research Conference.  This is the largest international genetics society meeting attended by ~1500 researchers.  She has been offered a position as a visiting researcher in the Rogulja lab at Harvard Medical School’s Neurobiology Department.

Beatriz Robinson (Sophomore) was awarded an EDEN fellowship for Developmental Biology from Harvard University for the upcoming summer.

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Add comment April 18th, 2014

Student’s perseverance, academic success and civic-engagement spark national recognition

For immediate release: April 15, 2014

Student’s perseverance, academic success & civic-engagement spark national recognition

University of Nevada, Reno’s Ivon Padilla-Rodríguez named Truman Scholar and to Glamour magazine’s list of 10 Top College Women of 2014

RENO, Nev. – At 16, Ivon Padilla-Rodríguez was homeless. Fast-forward a couple of years, and Padilla-Rodríguez was on the turf of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during halftime of the 2011 SEC Championship Game throwing footballs for the chance to win a $100,000 scholarship awarded by Dr Pepper. Fast-forward again, to April 15, when she learned in a surprise presentation by University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson that she has been named a Truman Scholar, considered one of the country’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships. Padilla-Rodríguez’s string of impressive academic and community-service accomplishments led Glamour magazine to name her this month to their list of Top 10 College Women of 2014. The issue hit newsstands April 11, and Padilla-Rodríguez joins the other honorees in New York City for a series of workshops and social events hosted by Glamour April 17. It’s not her first time on the national stage. During her freshman year at the University, Padilla-Rodríguez was chosen from thousands of submissions to compete with five finalists for the Dr Pepper Tuition Throw Competition after submitting a video explaining why she deserved to win college tuition. After much practice on her own plus throwing lessons with Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo, a fellow student in Padilla-Rodríguez’s theatre class, she hit the target with the most footballs in 30 seconds and won the nationally televised competition. “I mentally embodied a six-foot tall football player to prepare myself for the biggest stage of my life,” she said after the competition. The 2011 valedictorian from Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas is now a junior at the University majoring in history and philosophy of ethics, law, and politics, with a minor in ethnic/Latino studies. She plans to attend law school, become a federal judge and ultimately a Supreme Court Justice. “Due to my upbringing and aspirations, I strongly believe federal judges should understand the needs of low-income and minority populations,” Padilla-Rodríguez said. “Like Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, whose story has inspired me, I too welcome the chance to work on issues crucial to the community in which I was raised.” As a student in the University’s Honors Program, Padilla-Rodríguez has been involved with service-learning projects. At a non-profit theatre in Reno’s Midtown district, Padilla-Rodríguez co-founded a youth theatre program called Spotlight: Academy for Young Actors. She also established a community outreach program through the Washoe County School District’s most at-risk schools, and taught the program in Costa Rican, Cuban and Mexican orphanages while studying abroad through the University Study Abroad Consortium. “While homeless, school became a safe haven for me,” she said. “I became involved in afterschool theatre, a fictional world where I created characters onstage to avoid my real-life role as a homeless girl. I realized that my situation, and the plights of other Latinos, could be improved by onstage and academic success.” “I am especially happy that I have been recognized for my work with the Spotlight Academy For Young Actors,” Padilla-Rodríguez said of the Glamour magazine distinction. In early April 2014, Padilla-Rodríguez traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., to interview for the Truman Scholarship. The $30,000 Harry S. Truman Scholarship is awarded annually to approximately 60 U.S. college juniors who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Padilla-Rodríguez is the University’s fourth Truman Scholar. Padilla-Rodríguez also was recently chosen to present her research project at the 18th Annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., showcasing undergraduate research work. She will travel with her mentor, Emma Sepulveda, director of the University’s Latino Research Center, to present her poster and research project, “Significance of Comprehensive Immigration Reform for Undocumented Families of Latin American Descent in the U.S.” “Ivon is the story of perseverance,” Sepulveda said. “She will put a goal in front of her and won’t let anything stop her until she reaches it. She is among some of the most focused, motivated, well-read and well-rounded students I have seen in my 30 years of teaching.” Padilla-Rodríguez will continue her work with at-risk Latino youth this summer teaching improvisational theatre in Chile and she will work as an intern for Chilean congressman Joaquin Godoy. She is the first University student to have an internship with the Chilean Congress.

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Add comment April 16th, 2014

CUR recognizes institutions to be represented at 18th Annual Posters on the Hill

The Council on Undergraduate Research is proud to recognize the institutions which will be represented at this year’s 18th Annual Posters on the Hill. As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant’s words, work, and stories. Hosted on April 29, 2014, CUR will invite representatives from federal funding agencies, members of Congress, and Congressional staff to attend the evening poster session.

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Add comment March 6th, 2014

2014 Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium

This symposium provides a forum for undergraduate researchers in all institutions of higher education in Nevada to share the results of their research with fellow students, faculty and others interested in higher education in Nevada.

The 2014 Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on April 23, 2014 at the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR.

Welcome and Keynote, Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Mridul Gautam: 1:00 – 1:30 pm, Theater
Oral Presentations: 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Theater
Poster Session and Reception: 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Ballroom C

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Add comment January 29th, 2014

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