Upcoming Events and Important Deadlines

 

Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity

Did you know that you can get paid to do research while gaining valuable experience in a high impact practice? The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs administers University funds to directly support mentored undergraduate research through Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) grants. Awards range from $500 for beginners to $3,500 for experienced researchers.

Fall 2021 URECA Submission Deadline: Closed
Spring 2021 Deadline: Closed
Summer 2021 Deadline:  Closed

Apply for a URECA Grant 

Introducing URC's Peer Mentor Scholar, Jared Frazier

The role of the Peer Mentor Scholar is to mentor students interested in getting involved with undergraduate research, provide guidance related to URECA grants (proposal, budget, timeline) and the dissemination process.

Jared FrazierJared Frazier, SOAR Student Mentor

Jared is a member of MTSU’s Honors College and is a senior Computer Science major with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. He is currently serving as both the Vice President and Peer Mentor Scholar for the Student Organization for the Advancement of Research (SOAR). In addition to having received four URECA grants (one at each of the available levels), Jared has received national/international fellowships such as the Goldwater Scholarship, DAAD RISE, and National Science Foundation funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates. He is also a literature editor for MTSU’s creative arts journal Collage and has acted in two MTSU theatrical productions.

I am always willing to assist students interested in URECA grants with the process of applying for, carrying out, and then disseminating their research via conferences and publications.  - Jared 

Contact Jared at jf5s@mtmail.mtsu.edu for URECA related inquires and mentoring.

 

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Open House

Thursday, November 4, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Science Building Atrium, 2nd floor
This event is an informal poster session that showcases a sampling of current undergraduate research and creative projects at MTSU.  The Open House is a great opportunity for students interested in research to meet current undergraduate researchers, check out their posters, ask questions about how they designed their research, how they selected a faculty mentor, and how they balanced coursework, extracurriculars, and research. All students, particularly new students and transfer students, are invited to attend.  For more information visit our webpage.

Attendee Registration - Registration opening soon.

Presenter Registration & Free Poster Printing Sign-up - Registration opening soon.


2022 Posters at the Capitol

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, Tennessee State Capitol
Posters at the Capitol is the Undergraduate Research Center’s most prestigious annual event, during which selected MTSU students present their research* to state legislators at the state capitol alongside undergraduate representatives from other participating Tennessee universities. To learn more, visit the Posters at the Capitol webpage.

*The Posters at the Capitol event, co-coordinated by the Tennessee STEM Education Center, will now only include research from within STEM fields. 

Past Events

SOAR Luncheon & Business Meeting

Friday, August 27, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Student Union Building, room 220
Interested in meeting students with similar research based interest?  All are welcome to join SOAR's first meeting of the semester.  Lunch will be provided.
Registration is required.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, August 24th at 8:00am. 
To learn more or to join SOAR, visit https://www.mtsu.edu/urc/soar.php.

Posters on the Hill 2021

April 27-28, 2021, Digital event
Posters on the Hill is a critical element in CUR's advocacy efforts. It is more important than ever that the voice of undergraduate researchers and their mentors are heard on Capitol Hill. This prestigious event celebrates the impressive work of the accepted students and supports the messages of the importance for undergraduate research at the federal level. 

2nd Annual URECA Distinguished Lecture & Luncheon
Featuring Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 11:00-12:00 pm
KUC Theatre
Did you miss this event?  Watch Ketch Secor's dynamic lecture here.  Watch Now!
The URC is excited to welcome Ketch Secor to MTSU as the distinguished lecturer for our 2nd Annual URECA luncheon.
For the last twenty years, multi-instrumentalist Ketch Secor has been frontman and fiddler for Old Crow Medicine Show, best known for the hit song “Wagon Wheel.” 

Poster + Pitch

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm
Digital event - Registration is required.
Design Stellar Research Posters and Memorable Pitches. Are you getting ready to design a research poster for a class or academic conference/event? This free, one-hour workshop will introduce you to design principles of research posters and accompanying elevator pitches that consider audience, purpose, and mode. You will leave with strategies on deciding what information to include in your poster and what to leave out, making rhetorically-informed design decisions, and ways to craft and deliver an exciting elevator pitch that supports your poster and piques your audience’s attention.

Abstract Writing Workshop

March 4 & 8, 2021, online event.
In this workshop, we will review the purpose of abstracts in scholarly communication and review disciplinary conventions. Participants will practice creating an abstract as means of developing one’s scholarly voice.

Author Workshop: How to Write a Great Research Paper, Use and Share Your Data Responsibly, and Get Published

Thursday, December 3, 2020, online event. 
In this workshop the presenters will discuss identifying the right journal, navigating data repositories, structuring your article, data reuse and publication, understanding the peer review process, open access publishing, publishing ethics, how to get your research noticed, and responsible sharing. 

The presenters: 
Dr. Angela G. Mertig is a Professor of Sociology at MTSU and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Psychology. She has published extensively in scholarly journals.  David Parsons from Elsevier is the former publisher of Data in Brief, an interdisciplinary Elsevier journal that enables researchers to share and find research data sets.  David has more than twelve years of experience in editorial and marketing roles in academic publishing, and also recently received his MS in Data Science from Syracuse University.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Open House

In-person:  Tuesday, November 10, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Science Building Atrium, 2nd floor
Virtual: Click HERE to view the 2020 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Open House virtual exposition.
This event is an informal poster session that showcases a sampling of current undergraduate research and creative projects at MTSU.  The Open House is a great opportunity for students interested in research to meet current undergraduate researchers, check out their posters, ask questions about how they designed their research, how they selected a faculty mentor, and how they balanced coursework, extracurriculars, and research. All students, particularly new students and transfer students, are invited to attend.  For more information visit our webpage.

Library Research for the Undergraduate Researcher: A Two-Part Workshop Series

Part 1: The Library Research and Literature Review

Tuesday, October 13, 2:40 - 4:05 pm
Librarians will introduce a research proposal template, demonstrate how to conduct library research about your area of interest, and discuss how to complete a literature review.

Part 2: Completing the Research Proposal

Thursday, October 15, 2:40 - 4:05 pm
Librarians will expand on the components of the research proposal template and discuss steps for completing the proposal, including the introduction, methodology, research design and ethical considerations.

SAGE for Students Workshop

Tuesday, September 22nd and Thursday, September 24th, 2020.
Do you have a good research topic, but need a bit of help refining your research question and process?  Are you looking for guidance on your research project from beginning to end?  If so, SAGE Research Methods (SRM) is the right tool for you!  Discover how to find resources to help you write a more effective research question conduct a literature review, select your research method, gather, analyze, and write up your research findings and more! 

Undergraduate Research Week

On November 16, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives declared the week of April 11, 2011, as "Undergraduate Research Week."  This year, Undergraduate Research Week is April 20-24, 2020. Visit the Undergraduate Research Week webpage to celebrate MTSU's Undergraduate Research Community.

Scholars Week 2020

Scholars Week is a weeklong tradition during which MTSU's academic colleges celebrate scholarship, research and creative activity through a variety of events and activities. While the on-campus events had to be canceled due to COVID-19, we are excited to announce that the Poster and Creative Activity Exposition has been moved online!
View our students' posters and creative submissions.

R. Neil Scott Undergraduate Research Award

Thursday, April 2, 2020
In honor of Mr. Neil Scott, a former Walker Library professor and champion of student research, the library will be offering a $500 prize for the best undergraduate research project. Any undergraduate student who completed a research project during their MTSU academic career is invited to apply for this year’s award. 
Criteria:
  • Any format (i.e. essay, research paper, research proposal, research poster)
  • Completed during any part of your undergraduate career at MTSU
  • Must fill out the online application.  Within this application, students must submit an electronic copy of their research project, as well as explain how they used library resources (examples of resources include scholarly resources such as databases, books, journals; librarians; library equipment).

Poster + Pitch Workshop

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm in the Library, Room 272
Poster + Pitch is an collaborative effort between the Margaret H.Ordoubadian University Writing Center and the Undergraduate Research Center.  This workshop is ideal for students looking to learn the principles of design and elevator pitches, strengthen design decisions, and learn how to capture your audience.

Posters at the Capitol

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Tennessee State Capitol
Undergraduates from the nine Tennessee state universities presented their research posters to legislators and guests at the Tennessee State Capitol. The students are selected to represent the best of the undergraduate research at their own institutions.  For 14 years, undergraduates have been presenting our state legislators with their outstanding research results in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

SAGE Research Methods Workshop

Friday, November 22, 2019, 1:30-3:00pm in LIB 264a
Do you have a good research topic, but need a bit of help refining your research question and process? Are you looking for guidance on your research project from beginning to end? If so, SAGE Research Methods (SRM) is the tool for you!  In this workshop, you will discover how to find resources to help you write a more effective research question, conduct a literature review, select your research method, gather, analyze, and write up your research findings, and more. All students who attend the workshop will be entered into a $50 gift card! 

Undergraduate Research Open House

Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Science Building Atrium, 2nd floor
The Open House is a great opportunity for students interested in research to meet current undergraduate researchers, check out their posters, ask questions about how they designed their research, how they selected a faculty mentor, and how they balanced coursework, extracurriculars, and research.

Spring URECA Workshop

Tuesday, November 13, 2019, 3:00-4:00pm in the Student Union Building, Room 220
If you have been contemplating applying for a URECA grant or just want to learn more about undergraduate research opportunities, we invite you to join us for this informational workshop. We will go over upcoming research opportunities, how to find a faculty mentor, what you need to include in your proposal including budget items and timeline.  Other services offered by the Undergraduate Research Center such as free poster printing, upcoming workshops, how to join our student organization, and travel for conference presentations will also be covered. 

 

 

 

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