The provost’s office and the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement are requesting nominations for two awards to be given on Founders’ Day: the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award and Outstanding Graduating Senior in Undergraduate Research Award. Faculty members can be nominated by other faculty members, administrators, students, or by self-nomination. Students can be nominated by faculty members or by self-nomination. Both nominations are due by December 15; send your nomination to email@example.com. For more information about the criteria for the awards click on these links:
Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement
Now is the time to start sending the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (OUSE) the names of current juniors who would be strong candidates to apply for Fulbright Grants. Fulbright offers grants to countries around the world, and in many cases, the applicant is not expected to have studied the language of the host country. Likewise, Fulbright has no minimum GPA requirement, but they are looking for people who will be good ambassadors for the U.S. Fulbright is particularly interested in getting applications from underrepresented groups. Students from all disciplines and schools are encouraged to apply, but OUSE needs faculty to identify them. Send names to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact the student and invite them to meet.
The Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement office is pleased to announce that one of three regional workshops for the National Association of Fellowship Advisors will be held on the University of Portland campus July 19-20, 2018. John Orr and Michele Leasor, along with several other fellowship advisors from Oregon, developed the program for the 1.5 day workshop which focuses on assessment of fellowship advising and features UP’s Michael Johnson, Institutional Research, as a key speaker.
The National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) mission is to promote the full potential of fellowship candidates through the application process, and to foster the continued growth and professionalization of fellowship advising in higher education. If you have any questions about the Workshop, please contact Michele Leasor at email@example.com.
The University of Portland is committed to helping students find undergraduate research opportunities and in December 2016 adopted a resource that connects students to over 10,000 student conferences, journals, research, and funding opportunities. The Student Opportunity Center is free to UP community members, easy to use, and customizable to student interests. All faculty are requested to encourage their students to sign up; opportunities exist for all majors.
Students can use their up.edu email accounts to sign up at this link. This short YouTube tutorial provides information about the Student Opportunity Center. Students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues setting up their accounts.
The University of Portland is committed to helping students find undergraduate research opportunities and has recently adopted a resource, the Student Opportunity Center, that connects students to over 10,000 student conferences, journals, research, and funding opportunities. The Student Opportunity Center is free to UP community members, easy to use, and customizable to student interests. All faculty are asked to encourage their students to sign up; opportunities exist for all majors. The paragraph below directs students on how to sign up.
Students use their up.edu email account to sign up at this link. This short YouTube tutorial provides information about the Student Opportunity Center. Students can contact email@example.com if they have any issues setting up their accounts.
The National Science Foundation made a significant change to their eligibility guidelines for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program this year, according to Michele Leasor, Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. Graduate students can apply only once for the grant, as opposed to twice in the past. The end result is that seniors going to graduate school and planning careers in research should be strongly encouraged to apply. They will be more competitive than in the past and the senior year will be the only time that they get the practice of completing the application.
Please encourage your bright and high-achieving students who are going into a field funded by NSF to consider applying. Deadlines for 2016:
- October 24: Geosciences, Life Sciences
- October 25: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
- October 27: Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
- October 28: Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy
- November 3: All Reference Letters Must Be Submitted by 5 p.m. (ET)
Even though the NSF does not require a University of Portland endorsement, the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement is more than willing to work with students in the preparation of an application. For more information about the program, visit https://www.nsfgrfp.org/. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
As the semester draws to a close, faculty are asked to take a moment to reflect on freshmen and sophomores who might be strong candidates for University-endorsed awards, such as Fulbright grants. The Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement’s Talent Identification Program (T.I.P.) uses faculty to help identify high achieving students early in their careers, marking them as potential candidates for various fellowships, grants, and scholarships. Once identified, the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement will meet and work with students to identify goals for their upcoming years, identify potential scholarship opportunities, and assist in applying for appropriate awards. Submit recommendations at this link.
Faculty who are interested in learning more about conducting research with their students can take advantage of upcoming Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement brown bag lunches, according to John Orr. Winners of this year’s Provost’s Initiative for Undergraduate Research as well as past veterans of faculty/student research collaboration will be meeting to talk about problems, solutions, joys, and trials of collaborative research with students.
Lunch dates are Friday, January 30; Friday, February 20; Friday, March 27, and Friday, April 24. All will be held in the Bauccio Commons Teske Room from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Please bring your own lunch.
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The first annual Summer Research Symposium will occur on Sunday, November 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Bauccio Commons. All are welcome to come see the amazing research opportunities many of our students had this past summer, both at UP and all across the nation and world. Students will be presenting posters of their work and will be available to answer questions about their research. For more information contact John Orr at firstname.lastname@example.org. The symposium is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement.