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Newsletter - Vol 5                                                                      January 2019

UCUR 2019

Get ready!  Weber State University will be hosting the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research on Friday, February 22, 2019.  We will have over 530 presentations throughout the day!  
Faculty and students are welcome to attend presentations.  Please join us!  Search Presentations by author, subject, or type to fill your schedule.
Presentation Listing
UCUR 2019 Plenary - Dr. Stacy Palen: 
"Search vs. Research: 
Exploring the Boundaries of Human Knowledge."
We are pleased to announce Dr. Stacy Palen, Director of the Ott Planetarium and Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics at Weber State University as the UCUR 2019 Plenary Speaker.

February 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Hall, room 229
(Must be conference attendee to attend; seating limited)

with Simulcast in the Wildcat Theater and Ballrooms
in the Shepherd Union Building

(Everyone Welcome!)

T-shirts will be available for purchase at the conference.  **limited stock**
Research Grant Proposal Deadlines
  • February 4, 2019
  • April 1, 2019
*Students must attend a Research Proposal Workshop to be eligible to apply.

Research Proposal Workshops
  • January 8, 2019 - 1:00-2:00 pm, Stewart Library, room 211
  • January 16, 2019 - 1:00-2:00 pm, Stewart Library, room 211
  • March 12, 2019 - 1:00-2:00 pm, Stewart Library, room 211
  • March 13, 2019 - 1:00-2:00 pm, Stewart Library, room 211
Did you know?
  • OUR has a number of publications available to interested faculty on mentoring and getting started in undergraduate research.  Please contact OUR if you are interested in this information. For example -
    • A practical handbook for supporting community-based research with undergraduate students
    • Creative inquiry in the Arts and Humanities: models of undergraduate research
    • How to mentor undergraduate researchers
    • How to get started in STEM research with undergraduates
  • Faculty who mentor students in undergraduate research are eligible to receive free poster printing services for their own research posters.
Funding Opportunities
Develop a Research Experience for Undergraduate Students
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Two mechanisms for support of student research exist: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
Weber State has been successful in securing this funding in the past.  WSU has secured NSF funding for REU’s in Biology (Interdisciplinary within the College of Science), and within the Department of Psychology.
Impactful Creative Works Funding
The National Endowment for the Arts supports creative activities to organizations and individuals.  Grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.   Specific grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.  In addition, the NEA, “Our Town” is the creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities.
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