Undergraduate Research Workshops

The Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research offers workshops on a variety of subjects for undergraduate researchers. The purpose of the workshops is to help the students with the conduct of research, dissemination of results and future planning of their education and career. The workshops are typically 50-minutes long and are open to all undergraduate researchers regardless of discipline and funding source. The ultimate goal is to further enrich the educational and research experience of all student researchers and help turn them into successful citizens.

Contact Christina Clack for information about future workshops, cclack@unr.edu

UPCOMING:

“Proposal Contents and Arrangement”
Friday, September 19th 3-5 PM
MIKC 104 (Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, UNR)

“Fine-Tuning Your Proposal”
Friday, September 26th 3-5 PM
MIKC 104 (Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, UNR)

Please bring any drafts, materials, or writing tools you need; these will be working sessions. Contact Bill Macauley at wmacauleyjr@unr.edu if you have any questions.

 


Oral Communication Skills

The importance of the thought process and planning in presenting research projects in oral form is emphasized. Students are taught about setting the goal and the context of the presentation considering the audience interest and background. The organization and content of oral presentations are discussed and a method to prioritize the material and the supporting data or samples is presented. Components of effective delivery techniques including non-verbal communication factors and ways to handle speech anxiety are also reviewed.


Ethical Principles in the Conduct of Research

This workshop addresses a wide range of topics about appropriate authorship of research articles, research posters, plagiarism, conflict of interest and data management. Ethical aspects of each topic are discussed and several case studies are presented. Responsible and honest behavior as well as the importance of the research quality and integrity of the results is emphasized. The workshop also covers research involving human and animal subjects and the necessary precautions to avoid undesirable consequences to the subjects and the researcher.


Applying to Graduate Schools

The benefits of pursuing graduate degree are briefly discussed followed by an extensive list of important factors in selecting and applying to graduate schools. National salary data demonstrating the increase in earning as a result of graduate education are presented. The importance of defining the applicant's area of interest and research to determine appropriate schools, faculty advisors, and research facilities is highlighted. The workshop also presents other important aspects of application to graduate school such as systematic application process, funding, and research policies of disciplines of interest.


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.