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THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Newsletter - Vol 3                                                 November 2018

UCUR 2019
Weber State University will be hosting the thirteenth Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research on Friday, February 22, 2019.  Submissions are in - we have 571 submissions from around the state!
Notification of Acceptance:  December 10, 2018
NCUR 2019
The 33rd Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research will be held at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. 

Travel Grant Recipients:
Austin Maxfield
Steiner Houston
Chandler McDonald
Nathan Bingham
Shireen Reaaei
Alissa Van Tassell
William Kirshner
Alexander Nielson
Hannah Huffman
Leslie Martinez-Gonzalez
Jason Roe
Sheryl Chee
Laura Pastrana
Jordan Tietjen
Kelsey Askea
Research Grant Proposal Deadlines
  • February 4, 2019
  • April 1, 2019
*Students must atttend 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
Funded Grant Proposals - November 2018
Shelby Geilmann - Investigating the Inhibition of APEH in Disease
Jake Eiting - Solanum Lycopersicum L. Response to Herbivory Under Three Different Mycorrhizal Associations
Matthew Mendoza - Concentration of Fecal Coliforms in Taylor Canyon Streams, Utah
Jason Roe - The Effects of Cannabidiol on Proinflammatory Cytokines and Other Common Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Dustin Pike - Theatre Projection Design Exploration
Alexis Mathews - Muscle Fiber Type Distribution in Woodpecker Tail Muscles
Arusa Ashfaq - Antimicrobial Effectiveness of Ephedra Viridis as a Herbal Tea
Hailey Van Ert - Assessment of Bone Biomarkers in Senior and Junior Cross Country Athletes

Now Accepting Ergo Submissions!

Ergo is Weber State University's Undergraduate Research Journal.  Ergo provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to jump-start their careers, graduate studies, or both, by experiencing this process early. We accept submissions from all disciplines at WSU, including community engaged learning submissions.

Submission Deadline:  December 14, 2018
Fast Facts:
Student Opportunities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.  For each full or partial scholarship year, scholars are committed to two NIH service obligations. The obligations are actually benefits of the UGSP, providing scholars with invaluable research training and experience at the NIH.
  • 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience: After each year of scholarship support, scholars will train for 10 weeks as a paid summer research employee in an NIH research laboratory. This employment occurs after the receipt of the scholarship award. Each scholar will be assigned to an NIH researcher and an NIH postdoctoral fellow, who will serve as mentors. Scholars will also attend formal seminars and participate in a variety of programs.
  • Employment at the NIH after Graduation: After graduation, scholars will continue their training as a full-time employee in an NIH research laboratory. Scholars must serve 1 year of full-time employment for each year of scholarship. 
Application Accepted: January - March 2019
https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/ugsp  
 
National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grants
Debate, exchange of ideas, and working together—all are basic activities that advance humanities knowledge and foster rich scholarship that would not be possible by researchers working on their own. Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage projects in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. Eligible projects must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; and open-access digital resources. All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research. Funding is available for sustained full-time or part-time activities during the period of performance to facilitate collaboration. Funds may be requested to cover, where appropriate, salary replacement; compensation of collaborators, consultants, and research assistants; fringe benefits; and travel, lodging, and per diem costs.
Application Deadline: December 5th 2018
https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/collaborative-research-grants  
 
Research Scholar Spotlight

Cathrine Dunbar joined Weber State's Scholars Program in fall of 2017.  She has been researching humanitarian relief in Utah during WWI with her mentor, Braden Little [History]. She has plans to attend graduate school after earning her undergraduate degree.
Faculty

Funding Opportunities

Instructional Improvement Innovative Teaching Grants
Faculty interested in embedding undergraduate research into their courses should consider applying for Presidential Teaching Innovation Grants offered through RS&PG.  The Office of Undergraduate Research may be able to provide matching funds for proposals.  Details can be found at https://www.weber.edu/rspg#Instructional

National Endowment of the Humanities-Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve • creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods, techniques, or infrastructure that contribute to the humanities; • pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; or • conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement.
Application Deadline: January 15th 2019
https://www.neh.gov/grants/listing
 
National Institute of Health- Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program
The NIH Exploratory/Developmental Grant supports exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research. The proposed project must be related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on their scientific missions.
Application Deadline: January 16th 2019
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-19-053.html
 
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