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.

Proposal Writing Workshops for the NSF-EPSCoR UROP:

Thursday, 9/10/15
Session 1  - Presentation file (PDF)
4:00-5:00 PM

Thursday, 9/17/15
Session 2
4:00-5:30 PM

Friday, 10/2/15
Session 3
4:00-6:00 PM

Session 1: Learn more about the UROP application, eligibility, roles and responsibilities and connect with potential mentors/mentees.

Session 2: Work with experienced writing center staff to draft and edit UROP applications, while learning proper writing techniques for future applications

Session 3: Finalize UROP applications through a peer editing process led by experienced writing center staff.

Location: UNR Knowledge Center, Rm 104
To attend the writing workshops, register at https://www.research.net/r/urop2015writing



Oral Communication Skills
Friday, June 19, 2015, 10:00 - 11:00am
Speaker: Beth Leger, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Location: OB 202

Ethics Principles in the Conduct of Research
Friday, July 10, 2015, 10:00 - 11:00am
Speaker: Nancy Moody, Director, Research Integrity Office
Location: OB 202

Applying to Graduate School
Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:00 - 11:00am
Speaker: Kara Cleveland, Manager, Graduate School Operations
Graduate Student Panel to follow
Location: OB 202

Designing Posters for Success
Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:00 - 11:30am  or  
Monday, August 3, 3:00-4:30pm   
Speaker: Amy Shannon
Location: MIKC 114
Students must RSVP to Christina Clack (cclack@unr.edu) by Monday, July 27


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.