Office for Undergraduate Research Newsletter

July, 2019

 Office for Undergraduate Research newsletter is published monthly. It exists to share news about undergraduate research at UNC, relevant events, research and work opportunities, and the accomplishments of students and faculty. For additional information, please visit our website or email us at

In this newsletter:
  • In Memoriam: OUR Founder Dr. Pat Pukkila
  • OUR Summer Orientation Schedule
  • Duke-Sloan Boot Camp Opportunity for STEM Majors
  • Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Invention Competition
  • Fund for the Public Interest in Chapel Hill Summer Work Opportunity
  • Save the Date! University Research Week 2019
  • Upcoming Fall 2019 workshops
  • Give to OUR
OUR News

In Memoriam: Dr. Patricia J. Pukkila

The Office for Undergraduate Research would like to express its condolences for the loss of Dr. Patricia J. Pukkila, UNC biology professor and founder/creator of the OUR. She was a wonderfully engaging educator who made great contributions to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who will be missed.

This 2013 article from Carolina Arts & Sciences provides more insight into Dr. Pukkila's efforts at the Office for Undergraduate Research. The Biology department has posted a memorial tribute page here.

OUR Summer Orientation Schedule

The Office for Undergraduate Research will be doing short presentations about what we do and how new students can take part in undergraduate research at the school as part of the summer orientation schedule. We will be presenting at the orientation sessions for both first year and transfer students in Student Union room 2422. We hope to see you there!

First year orientation session times
Session 1 8:25 - 8:50 AM
Session 2 8:55 - 9:20 AM
Session 3 9:25 - 9:50 AM

First year orientation dates
Tuesday, July 9
Thursday, July 11
Tuesday, July 16
Thursday, July 18
Tuesday, July 23
Weds, August 15

Transfer student presentations are from 3:30 - 5:00 PM in room 2422.

Transfer student orientation session times

Session 1 3:40 - 4:15 PM
Session 2 4:25 - 5:00 PM

Transfer student orientation dates
Saturday, July 13
Tuesday, August 13

Duke-Sloan Boot Camp Opportunity for STEM Majors

STEM major interested in graduate school?  The Duke-Sloan Boot Camp encourages participants to think critically about their research interests and skills, provides practical strategies for the graduate admissions process, and introduces participants to Duke’s Sloan departments.

The camp takes place September 5-7; applications are due July 12. You can find out more by clicking here.

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Invention Competition

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a national invention competition recognizing both individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions and teams of undergraduate students who have tested a prototype of one invention. The prize committee has initiated their nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students to compete for the 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize; applications are available here.

Complete details about the application process as well as eligibility requirements are available here.

Fund for the Public Interest in Chapel Hill Summer Work Opportunity

The Fund for the Public Interest is hiring campaign staff to work with Environment America and US PIRG on a number of important environmental and public interest campaigns this summer. Students are welcome to apply for a chance to work for the Fund for the Public Interest in Chapel Hill this summer at this address.

Save the Date! University Research Week 2019

University Research Week 2019 will be held from September 23 until September 27. Stay tuned for more announcements!

Upcoming Fall 2019 Research Workshops

The Office for Undergraduate Research will offer several research workshops this fall. These include the following:

Getting Involved In Research
Late September
In this workshop, you will learn how to enter the research community here. This workshop covers resources for identifying research opportunities, tips for identifying faculty mentors, and how the Office for Undergraduate Research can support your research efforts. It will include a student panel where participants will talk about how they got involved in research, as well as a faculty panel to discuss what faculty look for in students from the perspective of a mentor. 

Deconstructing Abstracts
Late September
In this interactive workshop you will deconstruct an example from your field in order to identify the components of a well-written scholarly abstract. You will then write your own abstract based on your research, so come prepared to start writing your own! Please bring your laptop.

Monday October 7, 2019. 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Hanes 239
Learn to talk to potential research mentors and/or broaden your research network with the help of this workshop. You will learn the basics of networking including tips on how to talk to new people, sharing information about yourself, and asking questions to get the info you want while leaving a stellar first impression. This workshop is co-sponsored by UNC Career Services.

Give to OUR

Would you like to support the Office for Undergraduate Research? You can make a donation here. As always we thank you for your consideration!
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