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Are you interested in determining and developing specific interests within your chosen field of study? Would you like to build skills and abilities while participating in hands-on projects with college faculty? Are you ready to gain knowledge outside the classroom that will help inside the classroom? Do you want to build your resume for an even stronger showing on graduate school applications or with future employers? Would you benefit from access to exclusive interesting and useful presentations, trainings, guest speakers, and social events? Does being part of a fun, supportive, community intrigue you?
Then the Watts College Undergraduate Research Program is for YOU!
The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions began its Undergraduate Research Program in fall 2006. The program is designed to provide undergraduate students with research, presentation and publication experience. Faculty members within the Watts College of Public Service play a crucial role in helping undergraduate students engage in research. Any faculty member that wants or needs assistance with research is encouraged to work directly with an undergraduate student of their choosing.
The student receives a scholarship allocated at the beginning of each semester. For the first semester, a student receives a $500 scholarship. For the second semester, the amount is increased to $750 and for the third semester, and every semester thereafter, the student receives $1,000. Students are asked to work on research for a minimum of 10 hours per week. The faculty member and student work together to determine location, hours and documentation of task completion. Students can participate in research until they graduate.
Students are required to attend a kickoff meeting/information session to get necessary infomation and connect with the other participants. Students are also required to present their research each year at the Scholars Reception typically held at the end of April. Each year, students are asked to prepare a poster capturing their research experience. They then present their findings to a faculty panel in a private screening prior to the Scholars Reception. **Due to COVID these presentations will most likely be virtual. Full details will be sent when they are available.** The top three presentations will be announced at the Scholars Reception. The top three student presenters will be asked to present an abridged version to the audience at the Scholars Reception. First, second, and third place will be awarded, as determined by the faculty panel. First place will receive a travel scholarship to further present their research at a conference relevant to their discipline.
An RSVP link for the next Annual Scholars Reception will be sent to all faculty and qualifying students in the last week of March. Poster preparation sessions will be held during the Spring semester.
Fall Research Fair- Thursday, September 3 2020, 3:30-5:30pm (Virtual, link coming soon)
Undergraduate Research Kickoff Meeting (MANDATORY)- TBD (late Sept)
Brown bag lunch series- TBD (all year)
Poster Preparation sessions- TBD (March and April)
Social events- TBD
Spring Symposium- TBD (April)
Faculty Appreciation Dinner- TBD
**Check back as more trainings, events, and opportunities will be added!
(Due to COVID restrictions, most events will be virtual until further notice)
The Watts College Undergraduate Research Council (URC) is a council of students who have conducted undergraduate research and are dedicated to promoting the availability and awareness of research opportunities and providing mentorship and support for Watts College undergraduates.
This is a leadership position with officer roles and other opportunities available. It is a great resume builder while giving students the opportunity to give back to their community as a support system and leader for fellow students and grow the Undergraduate Research Program in Watts College.
To apply to join the Undergraduate Research Council, click HERE.
To see your current council members and get more information, check out the site below!
Social Media links coming soon!