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. read more
April 18th, 2014
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. read more
April 16th, 2014
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. read more
March 6th, 2014
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 read more
Oral Presentations: 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Theater
Poster Session and Reception: 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Ballroom C
January 29th, 2014
Research Poster Preparation and Presentation
This workshop first emphasizes the importance of communicating research results for research or creative work projects. Benefits of an effective poster presentation are listed and discussed followed by detailed guidelines on the layout, content, format, and appearance of the posters to maximize interaction with the audience. Examples of both poor and effective art works and written materials are presented and their points of contrast are highlighted. Important considerations during the poster presentation session are also discussed. read more
January 27th, 2014
Please see the link below for our Winter 2014 newsletter for the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research. Please contact us to request printed copies.
January 22nd, 2014
Below is an article written about WNC Summer NSF-EPSCoR UROP 2013 recipient Elana Ketchian. Elana will also present at the Bright Stars workshops at WNC November 15-16, sharing her personal and professional undergraduate research experiences.
Thank you to Mike Sady and Laurel Saito for their time, expertise and mentorship!
November 6th, 2013