Overview of conference space during one of the poster sessions at Miami University's 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum.

26th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum to be held online

In response to Governor DeWine’s stay-at-home order — and to protect the health of all members of our community — Miami University’s 26th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum will be held online via Webex on April 29.

As with the in-person event, the online event will feature both oral and poster sessions. The 10-minute oral presentations will be held at 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm. Each poster session, at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:15pm, respectively, will be divided into five concurrent clusters, with up to 20 posters per cluster. Students presenting posters will each have five minutes to explain their projects. Faculty members have volunteered to moderate all sessions.

In place of the traditional luncheon, there will be a plenary session from 12:15pm to 1:00pm, during which the president and provost are expected to make remarks. The LAURE Award will also be announced during this time.

The Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) is partnering with Career Services and University Libraries to provide workshops to prepare the 584 student contributors for presenting their research effectively in the new format. We are also working with presenters to ensure that the online Forum will be accessible to attendees who use assistive technology.

Visit the event website for more information.


Edited 04/27/2020 to provide a link to the event website.

Edited 04/15/2020 to update poster session times.

Photo by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

A current and prospective student hold programs from Miamis 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum

ORU requests undergrad researchers and their mentors to greet Make It Miami visitors

An undergraduate researcher talks to an accepted student and his mother.

The Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) is a stop on the Make It Miami tour for accepted students.

We would love to have undergraduate researchers and graduate student and faculty mentors stop by and chat with accepted students and their parents who will be on campus for Make it Miami events. These events are on Fridays (and some Mondays), from 2:00 to 3:30pm. Come to one or many, but please sign up so we know to expect you.

What: ORU Spring Open House Dates for Make-It-Miami Visitors

Where: King Library AIS Room 134 [2-3:30 pm]

When:
Feb 21 (Fri)
Feb 28 (Mon)
Mar 6 (Fri)
Mar 13 (Fri)
Apr 3 (Fri)
Apr 6 (Mon)
Apr 10 (Fri)
Apr 17 (Mon)

Bring a poster that was presented at the Undergraduate Research Forum. Faculty are invited too.

Last week’s session saw a steady flow of visitors, and our students have been doing a great job. Let us collectively showcase undergraduate research at Miami!


Written by Joyce Fernandes, Director of Undergraduate Research, Office of Research for Undergraduates, Miami University.

Photos by Joyce Fernandes.

Student Selina Davis works on a drawing while her faculty sponsor, Associate Professor of Art Joomi Chung, looks on.

Undergraduate Research Award (URA) applications due March 2

Miami’s Office of Research for Undergraduates provides funding for undergraduate research, like that done by Isabel Held (left) under the mentorship of associate professor of psychology Jennifer Quinn (right).

For over three decades, the Miami University Senate has sponsored the URA to provide Miami undergraduates with a faculty-mentored experience in developing grant applications. The goal of these partnerships is to encourage discovery and stimulate creative activity.

Students with any major can apply for these awards, as long as they have an existing research experience with a faculty mentor. Both individual and team projects are eligible. In 2018-2019, 26 of 49 URAs went to student teams.

Typical awards range from $150 to $500, but individual projects of exceptional merit or projects involving student teams may receive up to $1,000. A faculty sponsor must certify that an individual or team project is worth doing, has educational value to the student(s) and can be accomplished in the proposed time frame. The aim and result of proposed projects may be modest as long as the work can reasonably be interpreted as research or a creative endeavor.

Applications for Fall 2020 projects are due March 2, 2020.  Full program guidelines and application instructions are available here.


Updated February 11 to correct deadline in headline. The original headline listed a deadline of October 14. The correct deadline for projects for Fall 2020 is March 2.

Photo of Isabel Held and Associate Professor Jennifer Quinn by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services. Photo of Selina Davis and Associate Professor Joomi Chung by Ricardo Trevino, Miami University Photo Services.

Two student researchers hold a piece of scientific equipment partially submerged in a large pool of water at Miami Univesity's Ecology Research Center. The part of the equipment that is underwater can be seen in the bottom of the frame. At the top of the frame, a net that covers the pool is propped up so that the researchers can access the pool.

Organization focuses on undergraduate research

CUR logo with text announcing Miami University's Enhanced Institutional Membership. Text: CUR. Miami University is an enhanced institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Learning Through Research.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) focuses on providing and enhancing undergraduate research opportunities for both faculty and students. CUR is one of the few professional organizations that focuses on all areas of academic research, including the arts and humanities, biology, chemistry, geosciences, health sciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology and social sciences. This allows for high-quality collaboration between undergraduate students and faculty, regardless of discipline.

CUR exists to support undergraduate research by providing networking opportunities and other resources to faculty. Broadly defined, undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. By including undergraduates in their research projects, faculty members develop professionally while also serving the academic community.

Miami University values and supports CUR’s mission through its enhanced institutional membership, which covers all Miami affiliates’ membership costs.

Membership offers the following benefits to faculty:

Academic service

  • By writing articles for CUR publications and listservs, faculty members can share their ideas via these media and can gather new ideas by reading colleagues’ articles.
  • Faculty members can also contribute to Miami’s strong reputation with undergraduate research. By joining the CUR, faculty members are declaring their involvement with such programs.

Faculty development

  • CUR offers a chance to interact and connect with other professionals interested in advancing undergraduate research.
  • Through CUR publications and outreach activities, faculty share successful models and strategies, adapting ideas to their own research processes.
  • Faculty members can build their professional skills by attending a CUR conference, which gives them the opportunity to actively engage with other faculty and discuss issues relevant to undergraduate research.

Improved opportunities and environment

  • CUR’s mentor network is beneficial to faculty members who are interested in initiating or sustaining undergraduate research programs.
  • Through its consulting services, CUR assists colleges and universities in a range of activities, including assessing undergraduate research programs, designing fundraising programs and organizing faculty retreats with guest speakers.
  • Funding opportunities and fellowships are provided to undergrads through the CUR website.

Miami affiliates can join CUR for free

Simply follow these steps:

  • Visit cur.org.
  • Click the Join CUR link.
  • Click on Individual Membership.
  • Fill in your personal information.
  • Choose Miami University (OH) as your institution.
  • Click OK in the pop-up window confirming Miami’s enhanced institutional membership; this makes your individual membership free.

For more information about CUR, contact Martha Weber, Miami’s CUR liaison (513-529-1775).


Photo by Jeff Sabo, Miami University Photo Services.

Student Selina Davis works on a drawing while her faculty sponsor, Associate Professor of Art Joomi Chung, looks on.

Undergraduate Research Award (URA) applications due October 14

Miami’s Office of Research for Undergraduates provides funding for undergraduate research, like that done by Isabel Held (left) under the mentorship of associate professor of psychology Jennifer Quinn (right).

For over three decades, the Miami University Senate has sponsored the URA to provide Miami undergraduates with a faculty-mentored experience in developing grant applications. The goal of these partnerships is to encourage discovery and stimulate creative activity.

Students with any major can apply for these awards, as long as they have an existing research experience with a faculty mentor. Both individual and team projects are eligible. In 2018-2019, 26 of 49 URAs went to student teams.

Typical awards range from $150 to $500, but individual projects of exceptional merit or projects involving student teams may receive up to $1,000. A faculty sponsor must certify that an individual or team project is worth doing, has educational value to the student(s) and can be accomplished in the proposed time frame. The aim and result of proposed projects may be modest as long as the work can reasonably be interpreted as research or a creative endeavor.

Applications for Spring 2020 projects are due October 14, 2019.  Full program guidelines and application instructions are available here.


Photo of Isabel Held and Associate Professor Jennifer Quinn by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services. Photo of Selina Davis and Associate Professor Joomi Chung by Ricardo Trevina, Miami University Photo Services.

25th Undergraduate Research Forum charted new territory

 

Roshika Bhattarai, a medical laboratory science and premedical studies major, explains her poster to a Forum attendee.

The Undergraduate Research Forum turned 25 this year — a significant milestone in showcasing scholarly and creative works, conducted by our students, under the guidance of dedicated faculty, staff, and graduate student mentors. The Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU), established in 2014, celebrated this milestone with an extra day of programming on Tuesday, April 23, followed by poster sessions and talks on Wednesday, April 24.

Several new program features were introduced for this two-day celebration to prominently showcase the wide variety of resources that make undergraduate research at Miami the successful enterprise it is. Twelve themed panel discussions took place on April 23 to raise awareness of the breadth of undergraduate research across disciplines and colleges. Mentors stepped up to serve as moderators for themed panel discussions and provide a synthesis of the presentations. Graduate-undergraduate student teams, faculty-undergraduate teams, and undergraduate teams served as presenters. More than 20 centers and research support entities across campus responded to a call to highlight their roles as resources for undergraduate research. They were featured on April 23 from 1:-00 to 4:00pm. The Undergraduate Research Forum’s staples — the poster sessions and oral presentations — had some new components as well. The first poster session was attended by a group of 40 high school students from Cincinnati Public Schools, as part of a collaboration with the Office of Admissions, whose staff plays a critical role in publicizing undergraduate research at Miami, for the purposes of recruitment. Recognizing that poster printing costs can be a barrier for students to participate in the forum, two new formats were introduced this year: e-posters presented as 10 minute talks, and storyboarding, the old-fashioned approach, which allowed for quite a bit of creativity.

Programming for the 2019 Undergraduate Research Forum aimed to:

  • Showcase research, experiential learning, and creative works across colleges;
  • Promote synergistic and interdisciplinary pursuits;
  • Recognize the role of research centers and research support entities across campus; and
  • Raise early awareness of pathways for research, scholarly works, and creative endeavors.

The ORU invites the university community to provide feedback about the new formats, as well as to suggest ideas for raising the profile of undergraduate research at Miami University.


Written by Joyce Fernandes, Director, Office of Research for Undergraduates, Miami University.

Photo of Mackenzie Mettey and Maria DeSantiago by Stephanie Danker, Miami University Department of Art. Photo of Roshika Bhattarai by Bryce Mysona, Miami University Photo Services.

 

URF presenter Michael Smith discusses his poster with an event attendee.

Undergraduate Research Forum to be held April 23-24

Ashley Mickens discusses her poster with two URF attendees.
Ashley Mickens, environmental earth science and sustainability major (right), presented her poster, “Changes in Phytoplankton Community Composition Following Simulated Storm Events,” at last year’s URF.

The 25th annual Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum will be held Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24, in Shriver Center. All are welcome to visit the forum, which has been expanded to two days in celebration of the 25th anniversary. For a quarter of a century, this event has showcased the creative and scholarly activities of undergraduates who engaged in research over the course of each academic year.

Tuesday, April 23

A plenary session will be held from 9:15 to 10:00am in Shriver Center’s John E. Dolibois Room C. The plenary will be followed by nine themed panel discussions:

  • Session I: 10:15-11:15am
    • Integrating Experiential Learning in the Curriculum (Shriver Center, Dolibois A)
    • Graduate Students as Undergraduate Research Mentors (Shriver Center, Dolibois B)
  • Session II: 11:45am-12:45pm
    • What I Did Last Summer (Shriver Center, Dolibois A)
    • First Year Research Experience – FYRE (Shriver Center, Dolibois B)
    • Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences (Shriver Center, Dolibois C)
    • Undergraduate Research and Industry Jobs (Kreger Hall 222)
  • Session III: 1:15-2:15pm
    • Solving Critical Issues in Education, Health, and Society (Shriver Center, Dolibois A)
  • Session IV: 3:15-4:15pm
    • Undergraduate Research in the Humanities I (Shriver Center, Dolibois A)
    • Undergraduate Research in the Humanities II (Shriver Center, Dolibois B)
  • Session V: 4:25-5:25pm
    • Global Health (Kreger Hall 319)

A Centers and Research Support Showcase will take place from 1:00 to 4:00pm Shriver Center’s Dolibois B. Participating organizations include:

  • Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies
  • Ecology Research Center
  • Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging
  • Center for American and World Cultures
  • Center for Analytics and Data Science
  • Center for Assistive Technology (MU CAT)
  • Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences
  • Center for Career Exploration and Succcess
  • Center for Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs
  • Center for structural Biology and Metabonomics
  • Center for Visual Sciences
  • Geospatial Analysis Center
  • Global Health Research Innovation Center
  • Hefner Museum of Natural History
  • Howe Center for Writing Excellence
  • Institute for the Environment and Sustainability
  • Miami Art Museum
  • Mindfulness and Contemplative Inquiry Center
  • Myaamia Center
  • Rinella Learning Center
  • University Libraries

Wednesday, April 24

Three poster sessions will be held, as follows:

  • Session A: 9:30–11:00am
  • Session B: 1:30–3:00pm
  • Session C: 3:30–5:00pm

E-posters and 10-minute talks will be presented at 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm.

Programs with times and specific locations of all presentations will be available at the event.

All Miami students are invited to present at the annual forum. This year more than 300 research projects will be presented by more than 500 students. Presentations range from faculty-mentored independent study research to large group community projects and course-related projects.

More than 2,000 Miami undergraduates work with professors on funded research each year.

The forum is sponsored by the Graduate School, OARS, the Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) and the offices of the president and the provost.


Updated 04/16/2019 to include accurate ending times for poster sessions on April 24.

Written by Susan Meikle, Miami University News & Communications and updated for 2019.  Originally appeared as a top story on Miami University’s News and Events website.

Photos by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

Two student researchers hold a piece of scientific equipment partially submerged in a large pool of water at Miami Univesity's Ecology Research Center. The part of the equipment that is underwater can be seen in the bottom of the frame. At the top of the frame, a net that covers the pool is propped up so that the researchers can access the pool.

Organization focuses on undergraduate research

CUR logo with text announcing Miami University's Enhanced Institutional Membership. Text: CUR. Miami University is an enhanced institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Learning Through Research.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) focuses on providing and enhancing undergraduate research opportunities for both faculty and students. CUR is one of the few professional organizations that focuses on all areas of academic research, including the arts and humanities, biology, chemistry, geosciences, health sciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology and social sciences. This allows for high-quality collaboration between undergraduate students and faculty, regardless of discipline.

CUR exists to support undergraduate research by providing networking opportunities and other resources to faculty. Broadly defined, undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. By including undergraduates in their research projects, faculty members develop professionally while also serving the academic community.

Miami University values and supports CUR’s mission through its enhanced institutional membership, which covers all Miami affiliates’ membership costs.

Membership offers the following benefits to faculty:

Academic service

  • By writing articles for CUR publications and listservs, faculty members can share their ideas via these media and can gather new ideas by reading colleagues’ articles.
  • Faculty members can also contribute to Miami’s strong reputation with undergraduate research. By joining the CUR, faculty members are declaring their involvement with such programs.

Faculty development

  • CUR offers a chance to interact and connect with other professionals interested in advancing undergraduate research.
  • Through CUR publications and outreach activities, faculty share successful models and strategies, adapting ideas to their own research processes.
  • Faculty members can build their professional skills by attending a CUR conference, which gives them the opportunity to actively engage with other faculty and discuss issues relevant to undergraduate research.

Improved opportunities and environment

  • CUR’s mentor network is beneficial to faculty members who are interested in initiating or sustaining undergraduate research programs.
  • Through its consulting services, CUR assists colleges and universities in a range of activities, including assessing undergraduate research programs, designing fundraising programs and organizing faculty retreats with guest speakers.
  • Funding opportunities and fellowships are provided to undergrads through the CUR website.

Miami affiliates can join CUR for free

Simply follow these steps:

  • Visit cur.org.
  • Click the Join CUR link.
  • Click on Individual Membership.
  • Fill in your personal information.
  • Choose Miami University (OH) as your institution.
  • Click OK in the pop-up window confirming Miami’s enhanced institutional membership; this makes your individual membership free.

For more information about CUR, contact Martha Weber, Miami’s CUR liaison (513-529-1775).


Photo by Jeff Sabo, Miami University Photo Services.

Undergraduate researchers Ryan Parnell and Danille Allaire pose in front of a poster explaining their cancer research project.

Updates from the Office of Research for Undergraduates

A group of students and faculty, along with President and Dr. Crawford pose for a photo in front of a Love.Honor.Care photo backdrop in Millett Hall.
Teams of undergraduate students and their faculty sponsors were honored for their research on cancer during Miami’s Love.Honor.Care Weekend.

Cancer research awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors Cynthia Henderson and Tom and Ann Hayden, four teams of undergraduates will each receive $5,000 for their Cancer Research projects, to be carried out during the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • A Spectral Phaser Approach for Monitoring Cellular Metabolism in Turbid Media
    Conducted by Max Kreider, Mathematics major and Andy Rodriguez, Biological Physics major, under the direction of faculty sponsors, Paul Urayama and Karthik Vishwanath, Department of Physics
  • Looking at Cancer Through the Lens of the Newt
    Conducted by Biology majors Alyssa Miller and Arielle Martinez and Biochemistry major Vayda Barker, under the direction of faculty sponsors Katia Del Rio-Tsonis and Tracy Haynes, Department of Biology
  • Using Viral Genes to Sensitize Cancer Cells to Medical Interventions
    Conducted by Gabriel Ortiz, Microbiology major, under the direction of
    faculty sponsor Eileen Bridge, Department of Microbiology
  • In-silico Exploration of Microsatellite Instability Markers in cancer genomes for Osteosarcoma Patients
    Conducted by Biology majors Linh Le, Ariel Xue, and Anjali Gupta and Computer Science major Gretchen Blackwell, under the direction of faculty sponsor Chun Liang, Department of Biology

During the current academic year (2018-19) a generous donation made by Cynthia Henderson funded two research teams:

  • Decreasing Colon Cancer Cell Growth by Ketone Bodies via Metabolic Reprogramming: Potential Mechanisms for Treating Colon Cancer with Ketogenic Diets
    Conducted by Danielle Allaire, Biology major and Ryan Parnell, Biochemistry major, under the direction of faculty sponsor Claire Shi, Department of Biology
  • Analysis of Tumor Development and Supression Using an Engineered Adenoviral Vector Containing an HMGA Hyper-Binding Site in an Orthotopic Mouse Model
    Conducted by Microbiology major Shannon Ryan, Biology major Ellen Kasik, and Bioengineering Major Zachary Zampa, under the direction of faculty sponsor Michael Kennedy, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

All six teams were honored during half time at the women’s basketball game February 23 as part of the Love.Honor.Care Weekend benefitting Luna Cares.

Undergraduate Research Forum

The Undergraduate Research Forum will be 25 this year! To celebrate this milestone, a 2-day event is being planned, and several new features have been introduced to:

  • Showcase research, scholarly work, and creative endeavors across campus
  • Promote interdisciplinary and synergistic collaborations
  • Recognize the role of research centers and research support entities across campus
  • Raise early awareness of research and scholarly pathways

Tuesday April 23rd

  • Plenary session
  • Centers and research showcase
  • Themed panel discussions

Wednesday April 24

  • Poster sessions, talks, and e-posters

More details are available on the ORU website. Registration deadline for presenters is March 8, 2019.


Written by Joyce Fernandes, Director, Office of Research for Undergraduates, Miami University.

Photos courtesy of Joyce Fernandes.

Undergraduate Research Award (URA) applications due March 4

A young woman wearing a white lab coat and bright blue surgical gloves inserts a pipette into a test tube she is holding in her left hand. Her mentor, a woman who wears a white lab coat and glasses, looks on. The younger woman is seated at a counter cluttered with machinery and supplies. In the background is a bulletin board covered with paper and sticky notes.
Miami’s Office of Research for Undergraduates provides funding for undergraduate research, like that done by Rachel Mann (left) under the mentorship of associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Carole Dabney Smith (right).

For over three decades, the Miami University Senate has sponsored the URA to provide Miami undergraduates with a faculty-mentored experience in developing grant applications. These partnerships are meant to encourage discovery and stimulate creative activity.  Students may submit individual projects or team projects. Typical awards range from $150 to $500, but individual projects of exceptional merit or projects involving student teams may be funded up to $1,000. Each individual or team project must be endorsed by a sponsor who certifies that the project is worth doing, has educational value to the student(s) and can be accomplished in the proposed time frame. The aim and result of specific projects supported by the program may be modest as long as the work can reasonably be interpreted as research or a creative endeavor.

Applications for summer session or Fall 2019 projects are due March 4, 2019.  Full program guidelines and application instructions are available here.


Photos by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.