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Friday, May 5  2017

12:00 PM

Summer Research Corporate Welfare Program: Apply for Full-Time Summer Research Opportunity

We are pleased to announce the first annual Call for Applications for the Program in Corporate Welfare Summer Undergraduate Research Grant/Fellowship. A collaboration between the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the Program on Corporate Welfare, this unique program offers UCI undergraduate students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time ten-week period. The general topic is the causes and consequences of governmental policies that aim to benefit particular firms. An example of a more specific topic is the estimation of the profits large banks earn from being deemed too big to fail, and how these policies affect financial stability or instability.

The program, offered through UROP’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is open to all non-graduating (returning students) UCI undergraduates who are in good academic standing. You don't have to major in economics, but skills in statistics and computer software are a plus. See the UROP website (http://www.urop.uci.edu/surp.html) for more information and to apply. The deadline for the application is May 15, 2017.

To customize your application specifically for this program, please include the following information:

1. Faculty Mentor:
First Name: Amihai
Last Name: Glazer
Department: Economics
E-mail: aglazer@uci.edu
Phone Number: (949) 824-5974
UCI Address: 3107 Social Sciences Plaza A

2. Project Information:
Title of your Project: Program in Corporate Welfare Summer Undergraduate Research Grant/Fellowship

3. Proposal: Please upload the same file for proposal as you submitted for personal statement

Funding information: These fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis based on assessment of students’ academic performance and capacity to do well at assigned projects. Selected students will work closely with faculty members and Ph.D. students in the Department of Economics. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,000. These funds are not intended to support such expenditures as the purchase of research-related materials and supplies. Requests for such items can be submitted in response to UROP’s regular Spring Call for Proposals (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html).

Students will share office space on campus, and will participate in weekly meetings with other researchers. Students will be expected to spend forty hours a week either in the Program's research office or participating in program-related workshops and training. Fellows must adhere to UCI's research conduct rules.

If you have any questions, please contact one of us. For more information about the Program in Corporate Welfare go to: http://www.socsci.uci.edu/newsevents/news/2017/2017-04-27-glazer-corporate-welfare.php

Sincerely

Amihai Glazer
Professor of Economics
aglazer@uci.edu

Said M. Shokair
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
shokair@uci.edu

Monday, April 3  2017

9:00 AM

The UROP Office has Moved

Location: Student Services II, Suite 2100

Effective today, the UROP Office has moved to Student Services II, Suite 2100, across the hall from our previous location. We look forward to seeing you in our new home.

Saturday, November 5  2016

4:00 P.M.

UROP Remembers Gratefully Ralph J. Cicerone

UROP is deeply saddened by the passing of UCI Chancellor Emeritus and Academy of Sciences President Emeritus Ralph J. Cicerone, who exemplified the highest integrity as a leader, administrator, mentor and scholar. We are grateful for his vision, support and dedication to excellence in higher education. He strongly believed in the value of faculty-mentored research and creative activities. We promise to honor his legacy by continuing to act on the values he instilled in the lives of the many people he touched.

Thank You Dr. Cicerone!

Said M. Shokair
Director

Monday, October 31  2016

9:00 AM

2016 SURP Student Wins Poster Award at SACNAS Conference

Location: https://sacnas.org/

Priya Kaur, who received a 2016 SURP Fellowship, has won an award for her poster presentation at the 2016 National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in October. Priya’s project, “Linking Phytoplankton Blooms to Nearshore Mercury Bioaccumulation and Transport,” was mentored by Professor Katherine MacKey and Dr. Priya Ganguli in the Earth System Science Department. Congratulations Priya!

Wednesday, October 19  2016

10:00 AM

UROP Special Calls for Proposals

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

UROP is excited to announce three UROP Special Calls for Proposals related to Women’s Empowerment, Computer Gaming and Living Peace. This is the fourth year for the Women’s Empowerment call and the first year for Computer Gaming and Living Peace. All three Special Calls are offered in conjunction with UROP's regular Fall Call for Proposals, with a submission deadline of Monday, November 7, 2016. See the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html) for more information about these Special Calls.

Thursday, September 15  2016

9:00 AM

The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, Volume XVII

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is pleased to announce the publication of Volume XVII of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. The Journal is a compilation of outstanding papers submitted by undergraduate students who have been involved in faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities. This multidisciplinary Journal is a tribute to UC Irvine’s commitment to undergraduate research. Please enjoy the Journal online at the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html).

The goal of the Journal is to recognize the value of undergraduate research, not only for students and faculty, but also for the broader research community. From nearly 40 submissions received, the UROP Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Editorial Board selected four papers for publication. Each paper demonstrates both the quality and maturity of the undergraduate authors, and the support of their faculty mentors.

With the success of previous volumes, the Journal has become a hallmark of UC Irvine’s dynamic activities combining research and education. The Journal will continue to highlight the outstanding and collaborative work of UCI undergraduates and faculty.

Monday, October 19  2015

12:00 PM

2015 Special Fall Call for Proposals - UROP & UCI Women's Empowerment Initiative

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

UROP has announced a special Call for Proposals as a collaboration between the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the UCI Women's Empowerment Initiative. This collaboration emphasizes the importance of the discovery process to advance our knowledge and efforts to empower women, and provide mentorship and leadership opportunities through collaborative projects.

UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty are encouraged to apply. Topics of inquiry and investigation may include, but are not limited to: mentorship and leadership development; navigation of multiple roles; disparities in healthcare; women's health across the lifespan; gender and socialization of women; self-efficacy and self-esteem; psychological health of women; women and athletics; violence against women; queer/feminist theory; gender, culture and social change; sociology of law; women and sexuality; women's contribution to the economic marketplace; and women's career development.

The research proposal should include the research project’s background and objective, project design and feasibility, student's specific responsibility, project timeline, and a detailed budget with justification; the proposal should also elaborate on the project’s relevance to the theme of this special Call for Proposals. In addition, faculty mentors will be asked to upload one letter of recommendation per project, which will evaluate the student's performance to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities. If the research involves human subjects, the appropriate IRB protocol number is required.

Proposals may be submitted online through the UROP Fall Call for Proposals at the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html), with a deadline of Monday, November 2, 2015. To be considered for this special Call for Proposals, the project title must begin with the words “Special Call.”

Proposals submitted under the special Call for Proposals are subject to the same requirements, review process, and possible awards as the traditional Calls for Proposals. See the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html) for more information.

Monday, October 19  2015

12:01 PM

UROP Announces 2015 Fall Call for Proposals

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

UROP has announced the 2015 Fall Call for Proposals, with a submission deadline of Monday, November 2. UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are involved in faculty-mentored research projects or creative activities are encouraged to apply.

Successful proposals may be awarded UROP Grants of up to $1,000 (for individuals, group projects may be awarded more) to be used to support research-related materials, supplies and expenses. UROP offers several resources to help you write a successful proposal, including sample proposals (on the UROP Web site) and a Proposal Writing workshop on Friday, October 23.

See the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html) for complete information about UROP Grants and the Call for Proposals.

Monday, October 19  2015

11:59 AM

UROP Announces UROP Research Abroad Fellowship

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

The UROP Research Abroad Fellowship recognizes research or creative projects conducted abroad by UCI undergraduates under the guidance of UCI faculty, or projects resulting directly from an undergraduate's experience abroad. Proposed projects must be submitted online and in response to the regular Fall or Spring UROP Call for Proposals.

See the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html) for complete information about the Research Abroad Fellowship and the Call for Proposals.

Wednesday, August 26  2015

9:00 AM

I-SURF Symposium Concludes Successful Summer Program

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/i-surf.html

UROP is pleased to highlight the International Undergraduate Research Fellowship (I-SURF), which was launched this summer. The program brought 15 undergraduate student researchers to UC Irvine from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. They were selected to conduct software development research under the guidance of five nationally-distinguished faculty mentors from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. Students chose from a variety of challenging and original research projects, each exploring a diverse and exciting range of topics within the field of computer science. Faculty mentors and their teams of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows provided personalized mentoring and training to the I-SURF Fellows, giving them the unique opportunity to explore the future of computer science research, learn about how research is conducted, and to become immersed in UC Irvine’s collaborative research culture.

The I-SURF Fellows dedicated themselves to full-time work on their research projects throughout the program. In addition, the students explored their own futures as well, looking into the vast array of possibilities that lie before them. They attended seminars on a wide variety of topics relevant to their research and took an intensive course on technical communication. They toured state-of-the-art labs, local industries and successful startup companies in Silicon Valley. The program concluded with the I-SURF Symposium, during which the students presented their work to their fellow researchers, labmates, and faculty mentors.

Thursday, June 11  2015

12:00 pm

The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, Volume XVI

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is proud to announce the publication of Volume XVI of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. The Journal is a compilation of outstanding papers submitted by undergraduate students who have been involved in faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities. This multi-disciplinary Journal is a tribute to UC Irvine’s commitment to undergraduate research. Please enjoy the Journal online at the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html).

The goal of the Journal is to recognize the value of undergraduate research, not only for students and faculty, but also for the broader research community. From more than 35 submissions received, the UROP Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Editorial Board selected 5 papers for publication. Each paper demonstrates not only the quality and maturity of the undergraduate authors, as well as the support of their faculty mentors.

With the success of previous volumes, the Journal has become a hallmark of UC Irvine’s dynamic activities combining research and education. The Journal will continue to highlight the outstanding and collaborative work of UCI undergraduates and faculty.

Wednesday, October 15  2014

3:00 PM

2014 Special Fall Call for Proposals - UROP & UCI Women's Empowerment Initiative

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

UROP has announced a special Call for Proposals as a collaboration between the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the UCI Women's Empowerment Initiative. This collaboration emphasizes the importance of the discovery process to advance our knowledge and efforts to empower women, and provide mentorship and leadership opportunities through collaborative projects.

UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty are encouraged to apply. Topics of inquiry and investigation may include, but are not limited to: mentorship and leadership development; navigation of multiple roles; disparities in healthcare; women's health across the lifespan; gender and socialization of women; self-efficacy and self-esteem; psychological health of women; women and athletics; violence against women; queer/feminist theory; gender, culture and social change; sociology of law; women and sexuality; women's contribution to the economic marketplace; and women's career development.

The research proposal should include the research project’s background and objective, project design and feasibility, student's specific responsibility, project timeline, and a detailed budget with justification; the proposal should also elaborate on the project’s relevance to the theme of this special Call for Proposals. In addition, faculty mentors will be asked to upload one letter of recommendation per project, which will evaluate the student's performance to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities. If the research involves human subjects, the appropriate IRB protocol number is required.

Proposals may be submitted online through the UROP Fall Call for Proposals at the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html), with a deadline of Monday, November 10, 2014. To be considered for this special Call for Proposals, the project title must begin with the words “Special Call.”

Proposals submitted under the special Call for Proposals are subject to the same requirements, review process, and possible awards as the traditional Calls for Proposals. See the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html) for more information.

Tuesday, October 14  2014

3:00 pm

UROP Announces 2014 Fall Call for Proposals

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

UROP has announced the 2014 Fall Call for Proposals, with a submission deadline of Monday, November 10. UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are involved in faculty-mentored research projects or creative activities are encouraged to apply.

Successful proposals may be awarded UROP Grants of up to $1,000 (for individuals, group projects may be awarded more) to be used to support research-related materials, supplies and expenses. UROP offers several resources to help you write a successful proposal, including sample proposals (on the UROP Web site) and a Proposal Writing workshop on Thursday, October 30.

See the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html) for complete information about UROP Grants and the Call for Proposals.

Tuesday, November 12  2013

11:00 AM

Multidisciplinary Design Program Application Deadline Announced

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/mdp.html

The application deadline for the 2013–2014 Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) will be Monday, November 25, 2013. This program is designed to engage UCI undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines in design teams, co-mentored by at least two faculty mentors from different schools. Applicants have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of innovative and creative design projects related to the areas of energy, the environment, healthcare and culture.

The MDP will help students develop the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in fields that explore the connections between different disciplines. The program is a collaboration between UROP and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

Complete information and the MDP online application are available on the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/mdp.html).

Monday, October 21  2013

11:00 AM

Special Call for Proposals - UROP & UCI Women's Empowerment Initiative

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

UROP has announced a special Call for Proposals as a collaboration between the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the UCI Women's Empowerment Initiative. This collaboration emphasizes the importance of the discovery process to advance our knowledge and efforts to empower women, and provide mentorship and leadership opportunities through collaborative projects.

UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty are encouraged to apply. Topics of inquiry and investigation may include, but are not limited to: mentorship and leadership development; navigation of multiple roles; disparities in healthcare; women's health across the lifespan; gender and socialization of women; self-efficacy and self-esteem; psychological health of women; women and athletics; violence against women; queer/feminist theory; gender, culture and social change; sociology of law; women and sexuality; women's contribution to the economic marketplace; and women's career development.

The research proposal should include the research project’s background and objective, project design and feasibility, student's specific responsibility, project timeline, and a detailed budget with justification; the proposal should also elaborate on the project’s relevance to the theme of this special Call for Proposals. In addition, faculty mentors will be asked to upload one letter of recommendation per project, which will evaluate the student's performance to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities. If the research involves human subjects, the appropriate IRB protocol number is required.

Proposals may be submitted online through the UROP Fall Call for Proposals at the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html), with a deadline of Monday, November 4, 2013. To be considered for this special Call for Proposals, the project title must begin with the words “Special Call.”

Proposals submitted under the special Call for Proposals are subject to the same requirements, review process, and possible awards as the traditional Calls for Proposals. See the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html) for more information.

Tuesday, October 8  2013

11:30 PM

Multidisciplinary Design Program Call for Projects

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/mdp.html

Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty are invited to propose projects for inclusion in this year’s Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP). Submitted projects must have two or more faculty mentors from at least two different schools and must be multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature. While actual design project are encouraged, projects should emphasize creativity, novelty and innovation. See UROP’s MDP web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/mdp.html) for complete information about submitting a project. Projects must be submitted by Monday, October 21, 2013.

A collaboration between the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the MDP is designed to support an environment for students to develop the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in fields that explore the connections between different concentrations.

Thursday, May 30  2013

1:00 pm

UC Irvine Undergraduates Listed as Co-Authors on Paper Accepted in PNAS

Location: http://www.pnas.org/

Three UC Irvine undergraduate students, José L. Gallegos, Rodolfo A. Gordillo, and José Rincón, are authors 2, 3 and 4, respectively, on a paper that has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The students’ mentor, Professor Adam Martiny of the Department of Earth System Science, credits the undergraduates for their major contributions to the project and wishes to highlight the “outstanding job” they have done throughout their several years of research in his lab. The students were supported by CAMP, UROP, and a NASA grant to ESS for increasing participation in science.

The paper will be published early this summer, and will be available on the PNAS Web site (http://www.pnas.org/).

Title: Present and future global distributions of the marine Cyanobacteria Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus

Authors: Pedro Flombaum, José L. Gallegos, Rodolfo A. Gordillo, José Rincón, Lina L. Zabala, Nianzhi Jiao, David M. Karl, William K. W. Li, Michael W. Lomas, Daniele Veneziano, Carolina S. Vera, Jasper A. Vrugt, and Adam C. Martiny

Thursday, May 30  2013

2:00 pm

Undergraduate Research Highlighted in Campus Media

Location: http://www.newuniversity.org/2013/05/news/record-breaking-researchers/ and http://news.uci.edu/features/undergrad-overachiever/

Undergraduate research has been the focus of recent articles in the New University, the campus newspaper, and on the UC Irvine Web site. Both articles highlight the role that UROP plays in supporting undergraduate researchers on campus.

The UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on May 18, is the focus of a May 21 article in the New University (http://www.newuniversity.org/2013/05/news/record-breaking-researchers/). The article highlights the record number of student presenters, faculty mentors, and guests that made this year’s Symposium such a vibrant showcase of the research accomplishments achieved by undergraduates in every field of study.

The Web site article (http://news.uci.edu/features/undergrad-overachiever/) highlights the research accomplishments of Bryan Xie, who was recognized by UROP as the May 2012 Student Researcher of the Month. The article also emphasizes the role that UROP has played in Xie’s success. His mentor, Jennifer Prescher, assistant professor of chemistry, calls UC Irvine’s undergraduate research program “one of the best in the nation.”

UROP is honored to be able to contribute to the university’s research culture and is proud to see the research successes being achieved by UC Irvine’s undergraduates.

Monday, May 6  2013

11:59 PM

E-SURP Call for Proposals

Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

The Edwards Lifesciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (E-SURP) provides funding for UCI undergraduates who are conducting summer research projects under the guidance of UCI faculty mentors who are associated with the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a cardiovascular-related research topic for a full-time ten-week period, or the equivalent of 400 hours.

Please submit your Proposal online on the UROP Web Site.

Thursday, March 21  2013

11:30 am

The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, Volume XIV

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is proud to announce the publication of Volume XIV of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. The Journal is a compilation of outstanding papers submitted by undergraduate students who have been involved in faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities. This multi-disciplinary Journal is a tribute to UCI’s commitment to undergraduate research. Please enjoy the Journal online at the UROP Web site (http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html).

The goal of the Journal is to recognize the value of undergraduate research, not only for students and faculty, but also for the broader research community. From more than 60 submissions received, the UROP Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Editorial Board selected 5 papers for publication. Each paper demonstrates not only the quality and maturity of the undergraduate authors, as well as the support of their faculty mentors.

With the success of previous volumes, the Journal has become a hallmark of UCI’s dynamic activities combining research and education. The Journal will continue to highlight the outstanding and collaborative work of UCI undergraduates and faculty. We encourage all UCI students who are involved in faculty-mentored research projects or creative activities to consider submitting a paper for possible publication in Volume XVI of the Journal by the submission deadline of Monday, July 1, 2013.

Tuesday, November 6  2012

3:00 pm

Former SURP Grant Recipients Published in "Chemistry & Biology" Journal

Location: http://www.cell.com/chemistry-biology/abstract/S1074-5521(12)00286-4

Two former SURP Fellows are among the authors listed on a paper recently published in the prestigious journal "Chemistry & Biology." The paper, titled "Convergent Evolution of Adenosine Aptamers Spanning Bacterial, Human, and Random Sequences Revealed by Structure-Based Bioinformatics and Genomic SELEX," is in the October 26, 2012 issue and is on the Web at: http://www.cell.com/chemistry-biology/abstract/S1074-5521(12)00286-4

Michael M.K. Vu, who is the lead author, and Dana Lin received SURP stipends in 2010 for to work under their mentor Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry Andrej Luptak, who is also listed as an author on the paper.

Friday, November 2  2012

5:00

MDP Application Deadline Announced for 2012-2013

Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

The 2012-2013 Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) application deadline has been announced for Tuesday, November 13, 2012. A collaboration between UROP and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), the MDP is designed to support an environment for students to develop the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in fields that explore the connections between different disciplines.

Selected by the mentors, the multidisciplinary teams will develop a project design by the end of Fall Quarter 2012. Each team will submit an itemized budget. Calit2 will provide 2:1 funding, supplying two-thirds of the funding of up to $3,000 (project expenses only) to match one-third from other sources (e.g., UROP, faculty grants, or students’ personal funds). Working and meeting space will be made available on the second floor of the Calit2 Building. The mentors may provide additional space.

MDP Fellows also will be invited to participate in various workshops on project management, team building, conflict resolution, and other activities to ensure each team’s success and enrich participants’ overall experience. Students will receive academic credit through courses with the instructor designated as their faculty mentor.

Thursday, June 28  2012

4:30 pm

Journal Submission Deadline Extended to September 7

Location: Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

The deadline to submit a paper for possible submission in Volume XV of the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal has been extended to Friday, September 7. UCI undergraduates—and undergraduates working under a UCI faculty mentor—who have completed a faculty-mentored research or creative project between Spring 2011 and Summer 2012 are eligible to submit work for possible publication.

See the UROP Web site for complete information, submission guidelines, and the online paper submission form: http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html

Tuesday, March 15  2011

4:00 pm

UROP & Edwards Lifesciences Center Announce E-SURP Program

Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

UROP and the Edwards Lifesciences Center are proud to announce the launch of the Edwards Lifesciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (E-SURP), with a deadline of Monday, April 25, 2011. A collaboration between the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology and UROP, E-SURP provides funding for non-graduating UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting summer research projects under the guidance of UCI faculty members associated with the Edwards Lifesciences Center.

The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a cardiovascular-related research topic for a full-time ten-week period. E-SURP Fellows receive a stipend of up to $2,000 in support of their time and efforts.

See the UROP Web site for complete information and the online proposal submission form: http://www.urop.uci.edu/e-surp.html

Tuesday, February 8  2011

9:00 am

New University Highlights MDP

Location: http://www.newuniversity.org/2011/02/news/collaborative-effort-for-mdp/

The launch of the Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) is highlighted in the February 8, 2011 issue of the New University. The article emphasizes the program's multidisciplinary nature, with teams of students each co-mentored by faculty from at least two different schools. The program is designed to "provide a unique model [...] to enhance university education and prepare undergraduates for the real world," said Professor G.P. Li, Calit2 director and program co-director.

The program's novelty is its focus on design, which the co-directors define as the "creativity behind innovation." By harnessing their creativity, members of the design teams will be able to contribute fresh ideas and solutions to their projects. According to Said Shokair, UROP director and program co-director, students will "learn about leadership, communication, decision making and, most importantly, how to learn efficiently and quickly." One hundred twenty students applied this January to participate in the MDP's inaugural season.

The MDP is a collaboration between the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and UROP.

See the complete article on the Web at http://www.newuniversity.org/2011/02/news/collaborative-effort-for-mdp/

Visit the UROP Web site for complete information about the MDP: http://www.urop.uci.edu/mdp.html

Monday, August 2  2010

9:00 am

UROP Sends Dance Students to Research Improvisational Movement in Andalusia

Location: http://encoremag.com:80/los-angeles/articles/1047/uci-andalusia-dance

In summer 2009, 12 University of California, Irvine (UCI) students from the Dance Department in the School of the Arts attended a two-week intensive on Dance Improvisation for Performance in Andalusia, Spain. The group consisted of dancers, choreographers and musicians, who all collaborated in their exploration of improvisation. Chair of the Dance Department at UCI and the Resident Choreographer at the Composer Festival in Malaga, Spain, Professor Lisa Naugle traveled to Spain with the students for this unforgettable cultural and educational experience.

Throughout the trip, dance students collaborated with the musicians and composers to create improvisational pieces. In addition to the musical improvisation, the dance students used their surroundings to inspire movement.

For more information, see http://encoremag.com:80/los-angeles/articles/1047/uci-andalusia-dance

Friday, July 30  2010

9:00 am

Students & Faculty from UC Irvine Heading to Ghana

Sixteen undergraduate and graduate students from five academic departments who share a passion for music, dance, and humanitarianism will depart Orange County’s University of California, Irvine on Aug. 15 for a three-week research trip to Ghana, West Africa. Led by faculty members from departments of dance, political science and history, the group will be based at the University of Ghana, Legon, under the auspices of that university’s African Studies Institute.

The students have been preparing for the trip since last September when Sheron Wray, assistant dance professor at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, returned from Ghana and shared her experiences with members of a new performance group called “Insight.” The group became committed to taking dance into the local community and university life. Now, they will become part of UC Irvine’s Global Village initiative.

Although only one student has traveled to Africa (and several others have never left the U.S.), they all possess an embodied inheritance from their destination. “The impact of West African culture on American life is sizeable, but often not articulated in a world where general terms like ‘modernity’ and ‘jazz’ have obscured the ways in which Africa is woven into North American culture,” Wray explained.

“The cultural nexus between the U.S. and the African continent is palpable in language, gesture and, especially, in cultural production—from stage to screen to popular music. A direct engagement with principles of Ghanaian aesthetics will increase embodied knowledge and enable discursive analysis of this cultural capital in Americans’ dance ecology,” she added.

The group also intersects with the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies’ Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa. Crossing disciplinary boundaries and geographic areas of North America and Africa, the center develops sustained discussions on philosophies, economies, imagery, aesthetics, and public health aspects of humanitarianism on the continent.

“This is an incredible opportunity to build positive relationships with a major African University in ways that are creative and innovative and that promote understanding and equality between cultures and modes of experience,” said Cecelia Lynch, center director. Joining Lynch and Wray In Ghana are UCI Professors Jennifer Fisher (Dance), Jessica Millward (History) and Magda El Zarki (Computer Science).

Partners in this new initiative include the chancellor’s office, vice chancellor of student affairs, dean of graduate studies, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, International Studies Research Center and the Africa and Middle East faculty working group. Additionally, planning and preparation support has been provided by UCI's Center for International Education.

Tuesday, March 30  2010

9:00 am

Spring 2010 Call for Proposals

Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Spring Call for Proposals has been announced with a deadline of May 17, 2010. UCI undergraduate students from all disciplines who are currently involved in faculty-mentored undergraduate research or creative projects are encouraged to apply.

Proposals should be prepared by the student applicant and jointly submitted by the student and the faculty mentor. This program funds a variety of projects with grants up to $1,000 for individual projects, although higher amounts can be awarded for group projects.

See the UROP Web site for complete information and the online proposal submission form: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

Tuesday, March 30  2010

9:00 am

2010 SURP Call for Proposals Announced

Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Call for Proposals has been announced with a deadline of April 26, 2010. Non-graduating UCI Undergraduate students, from all disciplines, who will have been involved in faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects or creative activities for at least one quarter before the beginning of the Summer are encouraged to apply.

SURP offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time ten-week period, or the equivalent of 400 hours. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis, up to a maximum $3,000 stipend in support of a Fellow's time and efforts conducting a summer research project or creative activity.

See the UROP Web site for complete information and the online proposal submission form: http://www.urop.uci.edu/SURP.html

Tuesday, March 30  2010

9:00 am

2010 ID-SURE Call for Proposals Announced

Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

The Inter-Disciplinary Research Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE) Call for Proposals has been announced. Non-graduating UCI Undergraduate students from all disciplines, who will be involved in a faculty-mentored research or creative project for at least one quarter prior to Summer 2010, are eligible.

ID-SURE provides funding for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting interdisciplinary summer research projects or creative activities related to health promotion and disease prevention under the guidance of UCI faculty members. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in an interdisciplinary research topic for a full-time eight-week period, or the equivalent of 320 hours.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, with a maximum $2,400 stipend in support of a Fellow's time and efforts conducting an interdisciplinary summer research project or creative activity related to the topic of health promotion and disease prevention.

See the UROP Web site for complete information and the online proposal submission form: http://www.urop.uci.edu/id-sure.html

Tuesday, March 30  2010

9:00 am

2010 SURF-IT Application Announced

Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT) through Calit2 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), provides a unique 10-week summer research opportunity for UCI undergraduates to become immersed in IT-related research and applications. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of challenging research projects.

The 2010 application deadline for SURF-IT is Monday, April 12. See the UROP Web site for complete information and the online application form: http://www.urop.uci.edu/surf-it.html

Tuesday, March 30  2010

9:00 am

2010 Undergraduate Research Symposium Call for Abstracts Announced

Location: Online Submission - UROP Web Site

The 2010 UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Saturday, May 15 in the Humanities Buildings. At the Symposium, students present their work in either a poster or oral presentation. Posters are displayed on easels for the duration of the day, and poster presenters need to be at hand to discuss their project during the Poster Session. Oral presentations are grouped by related areas of research. Oral presenters are allotted 15 minutes for a presentation followed by a 3-minute question-and-answer period. A faculty moderator coordinates each session and may also facilitate the discussion. A student volunteer is assigned to each room to assist presenters and the faculty moderator.

All UCI undergraduate students who have conducted research or creative projects are invited to submit an application and abstract during the 2010 Call for Abstracts, with a deadline of April 12. See the UROP Web site for complete information and the online abstract submission form: http://www.urop.uci.edu/symposium.html

Friday, March 5  2010

1:30 p.m.

UC Undergraduate Researchers Highlighted Online

Location: http://undergrads.universityofcalifornia.edu/

The University of California is highlighting the system-wide participation and achievement of undergraduate researchers. Visit this Web site to see the stories of a representative student researcher from each UC campus:

http://undergrads.universityofcalifornia.edu/

Each student tells of their involvement in research, their project, their experience, and the growth they have experienced. From UCI, Dance major Rachel Berman, mentored by Professor Lisa Naugle, tells of her experience studying improvisational dance in Spain and the effect her research has had on her development as a dancer.

Every UC campus has a program, like UROP at UCI, that is dedicated to helping undergraduates find and develop their research passions. The students whose stories are highlighted provide a brief but exciting glimpse into the impact research experience can have on students' lives.

Monday, September 7  2009

9:00 AM

UCI Faculty Members Can Request Report on Mentoring Activities Supported by UROP

Location: UROP Office

UCI faculty members can now access reports that summarize their efforts in mentoring undergraduate research and creative activities, supported by UROP since 1995.

Using a unique Web URL, faculty members and department administrators can view and download all submitted information and decisions related to their students’ application packets. This information can include but is not limited to student proposals, letters of recommendation, abstracts, and papers. Faculty members are encouraged to request their report and incorporate in their promotion dossier.

For more information, please contact Said Shokair, UROP Director, at (949) 824-7701, or E-mail: shokair@uci.edu.

Wednesday, September 2  2009

9:00 AM

UROP Fellow, Sindhu Krishnan, Gets Published in American Journal of Surgery

UCI Professor Kevin M. Reavis’ study investigating the volume-outcome relationship for gastric resection for neoplasm lands undergraduate student, Sindhu Krishnan, a publication in the American Journal of Surgery. The title of the paper is: Hospital Volume is Not a Predictor of Outcomes after Gastrectomy for Neoplasm.

Using the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), which is a database that includes data from 294 academic health centers and teaching hospitals, Professor Reavis and his team examined the influence of a hospital’s volume of gastrectomy for neoplasm on perioperative outcomes. Also analyzed were related gastric surgeries, which take place in many of these hospitals. Discharge data was collected from October of 2004 to July of 2008. After investigating their results, Professor Reavis found that the volume of gastric resections for neoplasm performed at academic hospitals is not a predictor for improved outcomes. Both high and low volume centers had similar perioperative outcomes. The reason for this may be because of the amount of experience the low volume centers get while performing other gastric surgeries such as the gastric bypass for obesity.

To find out more about Professor Reavis and Sindhu Krishnan’s study, please view the October 2009 edition of American Journal of Surgery.

http://americanjournalofsurgery.com/

Wednesday, July 29  2009

9:00 AM

Cypress and Mt. SAC Community College Students Conduct Research at UCI

In collaboration with Cypress College and Mt. San Antonio College, UROP is proud to announce the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Summer Bride Program. An eight-week program designed to help community college students transition into a four year university as well as gain first-hand experience and training in state-of –the-art research facilities under the guidance of UCI faculty members. Thanks to the National Science Foundation & the U.S. Department of Education, participating students will receive a stipend and a budget for project related supplies and materials

The following is a list of participating students and their UCI faculty mentors:

Mt. San Antonio College: Chesca Barrios (Professor Lisa Flanagan), Alexander Chen (Professor Hans Keirstead), Chao Liu (Professor Bill Tomlinson), Hong Nguyen (Professor John Lwengrub), Ray Oey (Professor Scott Samuelsen).

Cypress College: Noely Aguilar (Professor Kavita Arora), Ruben Dedman (Professor Kavita Arora), JiYoung Jang (Professor Andrea Tenner), Anica Sayoc (Professor Bruce Blumberg).

Friday, July 10  2009

11:00 am

2008 SURP Fellow William Nguyen Receives American Chemical Society-Orange County Award

Location: http://web.due.uci.edu/urop/symp/r54ew3/1977306604_version2.doc

Congratulations to 2008 SURP Fellow William Nguyen for winning the American Chemical Society-Orange County Award for the 2008–2009 academic year. This award recognizes an outstanding UCI chemistry major who has excelled in the classroom and the laboratory during their career at UCI.

William performed his research under the mentorship of Professor A.J. Shaka, and is the third student from Professor Shaka's lab to win the ACS award. The previous winners, Alpay Dermenci and Katherine Mackenzie, were both published in The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal and have gone on to prestegious graduate schools.

Congratulations again to all three of these outstanding undergraduate researchers and to Professor Shaka for his tremendous support of their efforts.

Friday, July 10  2009

11:00 am

Former UROP and SURP Fellow Kimberly Balazs Shares Research Experience with 7th Grade Students

Location: http://pubs.acs.org:80/doi/abs/10.1021/es802617f

Kimberly Balazs, a former UROP and SURP fellow was published as a co-author of the paper, "Proteomic Assessment of Caffeine Effects on Coral Symbionts," in the March 15, 2009 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. Kimberly, now a UCI graduate student in science education, has used the paper to help in her teaching: "I actually showed my 7th grade students the article today in class. They are working on a research paper and did not know what a peer reviewed journal was or how to find them. It was exciting to get to show my class."

Kimberly was also a member of the UROP Student Editorial Board for three years.

Tuesday, June 16  2009

11:00 am

UCI Undergraduate Research Recognized as a "Stellar Example"

Location: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/academic-programs

As part of its annual survey of the nation’s top colleges and universities, US News identifies schools with outstanding examples of academic programs related to student success. There are eight categories, including undergraduate research/creative projects, first year experiences, and senior capstones. Colleges and universities that are mentioned most frequently by college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students, and deans of admissions from more than 1300 institutions are listed in each category.

For 2009, UC Irvine was one of 36 schools listed in the category of Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects. Two other UC campuses, UC Berkeley and UCLA, were included in the list, with only two additional UC campuses listed in any of the other categories, making UC Irvine part of a very select group. This is an excellent indication of the high degree of respect UC Irvine’s undergraduate research culture has gained throughout the nation.

The complete list of “Academic Programs to Look For” is online at: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/academic-programs

Friday, April 24  2009

11:00 am

2009 ID-SURE Application is now Online -- Deadline June 1, 2009

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/id-sure.html

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Inter-Disciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE), with a deadline of June 1, 2009. ID-SURE provides funding of up to $2,400 for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting interdisciplinary summer research projects or creative activities related to health promotion and disease prevention under the guidance of UCI faculty members. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in an interdisciplinary research topic for a full-time eight-week period, or the equivalent of 320 hours.

For more information and to begin the application process, please visit: http://www.urop.uci.edu/id-sure.html

Wednesday, April 15  2009

11:00 am

2009 SURP Application is now Online -- Deadline April 27, 2009

Location: http://www.urop.uci.edu/SURP.html

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), with a deadline of April 27, 2009. SURP provides up to $3,000 funding for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting summer research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty members. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time ten-week period, or the equivalent of 400 hours.

For more information and to begin the application process, please visit: http://www.urop.uci.edu/SURP.html

Tuesday, March 24  2009

11:00 am

2009 SURF-IT Application is now Online -- Deadline April 6, 2009

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT), with a deadline of April 6, 2009. The program, offered through the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UCI, provides a unique 10-week summer research opportunity for UCI undergraduates to become immersed in IT-related research and applications. Participants have the opportunity to choose from a variety of challenging research projects. The SURF-IT program offers fellows a $3,500 stipend, access to state-of-the-art research facilities and techniques, and seminars on telecommunications and information technology.

For more information and to begin the application process, please visit: http://www.urop.uci.edu/surf-it.html.

Tuesday, March 17  2009

11:00 am

ID-SURE Program's Effect on Interdisciplinary Research Behaviors Published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Location: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2008.11.014

UROP Director Said Shokair and Shalini Misra, Professor Daniel Stokols, Kathleen H. Pine from the UCI School of Social Ecology are among the co-authors of a paper, titled "Evaluating an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Training Program in Health Promotion Research" in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The paper evaluated the effects of the UCI Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE) program on participants' interdisciplinary attitudes and behaviors. The interdisciplinary and intellectual qualities of students' academic and research products were assessed at the conclusion of the training activities, and were compared to those of participants in a program that did not have an interdisciplinary training component. The findings from the study offer evidence for the efficacy of the ID-SURE program for training undergraduate students in transdisciplinary concepts, methods, and skills that are needed for effective scientific collaboration.

The paper is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2008.11.014

Tuesday, March 10  2009

11:00 AM

2008 SURF-IT Fellow Lauren Lewis First Author on a Paper in the International Journal of Learning and Media

A journal article stemming from Lauren Lewis' 2008 SURF-IT project has been published in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Learning and Media, a MacArthur Foundation/MIT Press journal. Ms. Lewis is first author on the piece, which was co-authored by UCI faculty professors Rebecca Black and Bill Tomlinson.

Lewis, L., Black, R. & Tomlinson, B. (2009). Let everyone play: An educational perspective on why fan fiction is or should be legal. International Journal of Learning and Media, 1 (1), 67-81.

http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/ijlm.2009.0007

Monday, November 3  2008

11:00 am

UROP Fall Call for Proposals Has Been Announced -- Deadline: November 3, 2008

The deadline for the UROP Fall Call for Proposals is Monday, November 3, 2008. UCI undergraduate students from all disciplines who are currently involved in faculty-mentored undergraduate research or creative projects are encouraged to apply.

This program provides funding for research-related supplies and expenses with grants up to $1,000 for individual projects, although higher amounts can be awarded for group projects.

For complete information, and to begin the online application, see the Grants pages of the UROP Web site: http://www.urop.uci.edu/grants.html

Monday, October 13  2008

2:00 pm

A Conversation on Translation

Location: Humanities Instructional Building 135

Antje Rávic Strubel will talk about the task of translating Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. Dr. Alexander will add remarks on her own work translating Strubel’s novels. The presentation is in English, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Antje Rávic Strubel, “one of the most popular and inventive writers” (Michael Henry Heim) of the post-wall generation, has written seven books of fiction, has translated Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Stories We Tell Ourselves in Order to Live and is the recipient of several literary prizes.

Monday, October 13  2008

4:30 - 5:30 pm

A Literary Reading

Location: 400 Murray Krieger Hall

University of California, Irvine Department of German, International Center for Writing and Translation, Literary Journalism Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and Poets & Writers, Inc. (through a grant from The James Irvine Foundation) present Antje Rávic Strubel, Contemporary German novelist and translator.

Antje Rávic Strubel will read from her recent work. The reading is in German with a discussion to follow.

Antje Rávic Strubel, “one of the most popular and inventive writers” (Michael Henry Heim) of the post-wall generation, has written seven books of fiction, has translated Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Stories We Tell Ourselves in Order to Live and is the recipient of several literary prizes.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, July 1  2008

9:00

UROP Fellows Zlatko Devcic and Koohyar Karimi Co-Author a Paper for The Journal of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society

Zlatko Devcic and Koohyar Karimi, both UROP Fellows in the Biological Sciences, have co-authored a paper for The Journal of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society. The paper, titled "Evolving Attractive Faces Using Morphing Technology and a Genetic Algorithm: A New Approach to Determining Ideal Facial Aesthetics, is in the June, 2008 issue of the Journal. The study documented in the paper is attempting to determine if a genetic algorithm in combination with morphing software can be used to evolve more attractive faces, and evaluate whether this approach can be used as a tool to define or identify the attributes of the ideal attractive face.

Zlatko and Koohyar have been conducting research under Dr. Brian J.F. Wong, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology.

Friday, April 18  2008

8:00

Volume IX of the Journal Has Been Published

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) has published Volume IX of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. The goal of the multidisciplinary Journal is to recognize the value of undergraduate research, not only for students and faculty, but also for the broader research community. From more than 80 submissions received, the UROP Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Editorial Board selected seven papers for publication. Each paper demonstrates not only the quality and maturity of the undergraduate authors, but also the support of their faculty mentors. You may reference the Journal on the UROP Web site: http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html.

Thursday, April 19  2007

8:00 AM

UROP Fellow Wins Two Graduate Fellowships

Vicky Zhou, a fourth-year Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Dance double major, has been awarded two graduate fellowships: the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. She has been conducting UROP-funded research since her second year and was a member of the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal Student Editorial Board. She most recently completed a visualization interface for WormBase with Dr. Lincoln Stein at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Vicky will use both her fellowships to fund her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School next fall.

Thursday, April 19  2007

8:00 AM

Diana Tsai, ID-SURE and UROP Fellow Co-Authors a Paper in Environmental Science and Technology.

Diana Tsai, an ID-SURE and UROP Fellow has co-authored a paper in Environmental Science and Technology, entitled “Deposition of Glomalin-Related Soil Protein and Sequestered Toxic Metals into Watersheds.” The paper came out in the April 18, 2007 issue of this Journal. The paper hypothesized that glomalin-related soil proteins
(GRSP) are eroded in sufficient quantities to influence metal loading into watersheds. Diana has been conducting research under the guidance of Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan, Professor of Social Ecology.

Tuesday, April 17  2007

8:00 AM

Eleven UCI Undergraduates Present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Eleven UCI undergraduates presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (April 12-14, 2007), including: Lauren Bloom, Nicholas Castello, Hee Sun Choi, Bao Dinh, Wei (Shirley) Guan, Ismael Herrera, Behnood Khodayari, Jarrod Larson, Nathaniel Marrocco, Megan Trotter, Diana Tsai. For more information, please click on: www.ncur.org.

Thursday, March 29  2007

8:00 AM

ID-SURE Fellow, Megan Trotter, Presents Research at World Psychiatric Association Regional Conference in Kenya.

Psychiatrists and researchers from a around the world convened in Nairobi, Kenya last week to discuss mental health and development at the World Psychiatric Association Regional Conference. UROP is pleased to announce that ID-SURE Fellow, Megan Trotter, had the privileged opportunity to present her research at this conference. Megan, a fourth year psychology and sociology major, conducted her research study this past summer in Kenya, ‘Creativity and Identity: Examining the Effects of Trauma during Identity Development on Creativity,’ under the guidance of Professor Johanna Shapiro from the Department of Family Medicine.

To learn more about the World Psychiatric Association Regional Conference, please visit: www.wpa2007nairobi.com/index.html.

Wednesday, March 28  2007

8:00 AM

Arsen Akopyan, ID-SURE Fellow Co-Authors a Paper in The Journal of Developmental Biology

Arsen Akopyan, an ID-SURE Fellow has co-authored a paper in Developmental Biology, entitled “FNDC3A is required for adhesion between Spermatids and Sertoli Cells.” The paper came out in the July 8, 2006 issue of this Journal. The paper focuses on the relationship between the gene FNDC3A and its relationship to Spermatids and Sertoli cells in mice. Arsen has been working in the laboratory of Dr. Grant MacGregor in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology. Arsen’s research as well as the research currently being conducted in Dr. MacGregor’s laboratory will help study the development of mammalian germ lineage during embryogenesis.

Thursday, March 15  2007

8:00 AM

UROP Fellow Receives Research Internship to conduct Summer Research in Germany

Joe Duris recently received a RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) to conduct research in Germany for summer 2007. Joe is a junior physics transfer student from Rancho Cucamonga. He came to UCI in the Fall of 2006. Joe’s summer research will focus on the analysis of neutron induced positron beams at a research reactor in Garching, Germany. He will spend a total of 3 months in Germany. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) will provide Joe with a stipend of $2,500 plus free housing. More information on the RISE program can be found at: http://www.daad.de/rise/en/.

Thursday, March 15  2007

8:00 AM

UROP Fellow Receives Summer Undergraduate Fellowship to conduct research in Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Ryon Graf recently received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to conduct research in Cold Spring Harbor, NY for summer 2007. Ryon is a junior biology major who has been conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Wen-Hwa Lee since Summer, 2006. Ryon was one of the 25 students that Cold Spring Harbor selected for this upcoming summer. At Cold Spring Harbor, Ryon will be conducting research in cancer biology. He will also receive a stipend of $3,800 plus free housing. More information about Cold Spring Harbor’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program can be found at: http://www.cshl.edu/URP/.

Wednesday, March 7  2007

12:00 AM

ID-SURE Call for Proposals Has Been Announced -- Deadline: March 26, 2007

The Third Annual Inter-Disciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE) Call for Proposals has been announced with a deadline of Monday, March 26, 2007. Funded in part by a grant from the National Institute on Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders and sponsored under the National Institutes of Health Roadmap Initiative, ID-SURE provides funding for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting interdisciplinary summer research projects or creative activities related to health promotion and disease prevention under the guidance of UCI faculty members. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time eight-week period or the equivalence of 320 hours. ID-SURE Fellows receive up to a $2,400 stipend in support of their time and efforts. ID-SURE will be administered jointly by the UCI Health Promotion Center (HPC) in the School of Social Ecology, and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education. For more information, please visit: http://www.urop.uci.edu/id-sure.html.

Wednesday, March 7  2007

12:00 AM

IM-SURE Call for Applications Has Been Announced -- Deadline: March 26, 2007

The IM-SURE Call for Applications has been announced with a deadline of Monday, March 26, 2007. The Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE) will host close to 20 junior and senior undergraduates for a 10-week summer research experience in micro- and nanosystems. With a goal of helping students gain the skills and confidence to become independent researchers and make better career decisions, the experience focuses on intensive and direct contact with a large number of faculty and their graduate students through a series of pre-research lectures, hands-on projects, weekly seminars and workshops, an industry field trip, and social activities. Students will also have hands-on prototyping and fabrication experience by providing them direct access to UCI's Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF), a modern, industrial-grade facility for designing, constructing and testing micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) systems, opto-electronics, fiberoptics and photonics, microfluidics, and hybrid systems. IM-SURE is an REU Site funded in part by the National Science Foundation, and it is the only UROP-sponsored program that is open to undergraduates nationwide. For more information, please visit: http://www.urop.uci.edu/im-sure.html

Wednesday, March 7  2007

12:00 AM

LifeChips IGERT Call for Applications Has Been Announced -- Deadline: March 26, 2007.

The LifeChips IGERT Call for Applications has been announced with a deadline of Monday, March 26, 2007.

UC Irvine’s LifeChips IGERT program is a new graduate research program where students combine the practices of engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences and medicine to produce small-scale technologies that benefit human health.

Graduates of the LifeChips program will have the skills necessary to develop technology used to identify new drugs, facilitate stem cell research and improve scientists’ understanding of tissue, organs, cells, DNA and other basic components of life. LifeChips IGERT students earn their degrees in their home departments, but perform research on LifeChips projects.

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program (NSF-IGERT), LifeChips will focus on the study of “chip” technology (including micro and nanotechnology) as it applies to life sciences. The program takes its name from a new term scientists use to describe research on the overlap between life sciences and technology that naturally occurs at microscopic scales.

Six trainingship grants per year will be awarded to incoming first year graduate students. Trainingships are for two years, in the amount of $30 K/year plus tuition and fees. Students interested in the LifeChips IGERT program should review the materials on the LifeChips website and submit an application before March 26, 2007. Program requirements, application forms and instructions are available online at:
http://www.lifechips.org/igert

Monday, March 5  2007

8:00 AM

Volume VIII of Journal Has Been Published

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) has published Volume VIII of The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. The goal of the Journal is to recognize the value of undergraduate research, not only for students and faculty, but also for the broader research community. From almost 80 submissions received, the UROP Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Editorial Board selected 15 papers for publication. Each paper demonstrates not only the quality and maturity of the undergraduate authors, but also the support of their faculty mentors. You may reference the Journal in its entirety on the UROP Web site: http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal.html.

Monday, March 5  2007

8:00 AM

Two UCI Students Selected for APA Summer Science Institute

UROP is proud to announce that two UCI students have been accepted to the annual American Psychological Association (APA) Summer Science Institute to be held at UC San Diego this year. Psychology majors William Matchin and Vivie Nguyen were two of the usually 32 students accepted to this program out of over 300 applicants nationwide. The APA Summer Science Institute is a 10-day intensive program designed to engage students in the science of psychology, to model and illustrate the intellectual processes of scientific inquiry, and to give students hands-on experience in cutting-edge psychological research through lectures, discussions, and laboratory visits. To learn more about the APA Summer Science Institute and other off-campus opportunities, please visit the UROP Off-Campus Opportunities listing online:
www.urop.uci.edu/frame_opportunities_off_campus.html.

Wednesday, February 14  2007

8:00 AM

Two IM-SURE Fellows Win Chemistry Leadership Awards

Elizabeth Nettleton and Michael Sullivan have been awarded National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates Chemistry Leadership Group Travel Awards. The awards will help fund the students’ travel to the American Chemical Society Meeting March 25 in Chicago to present research from their REU experience last summer, when Nettleton and Sullivan participated in the Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience REU site.

Wednesday, November 22  2006

8:00 AM

Evan Lyons, UROP Fellow co-authors paper in Science entitled “The Impact of Boreal Forest Fire on Climate Warming”

Location: UCI

Evan Lyons, a UROP Fellow, and also an earth system science major at UCI have coauthored a paper, which appears in the Nov 17, 2006 edition of Science. The paper focuses on the impact the Boreal forest fire had on climate warming. The paper reports measurement and analysis of the forest fire in terms of the effect of greenhouse gases, aerosols, black carbon deposition on snow and sea ice, and postfire changes in the surface albedo. Evan has been an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Dr. James T. Randerson in the Department of Earth System Science. The laboratory of Dr. James T. Randerson focuses on understanding the biogeochemical cycles at ecosystem to global cycles. A link to the paper is provided below:
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/314/5802/1130.pdf

Monday, November 13  2006

8:00 AM

Michael Thompson, UROP Fellow co-authors paper in Nature Materials

Michael Thompson, a UROP Fellow, and senior chemistry major at UCI has co-authored a paper in the Oct 22, 2006 edition of Nature Materials. The paper focuses on groundbreaking research in the field of nanoscience. Michael has been an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Reginald Penner in the Department of Chemistry for nearly two years, and was recognized as a UROP, SURP, and IM-SURE Fellow. His other research work has also been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B as well. His most recent paper deals with Lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition (LPNE). LPNE is a nanofabrication lithography technique that combines attributes of photolithography with the versatility of bottom-up electrochemical synthesis, which allows researchers to take advantage of all the benefits of the bottom-up electrochemical synthesis while using a lithography based fabrication method. The research done in the laboratory of Dr. Reginald Penner has great applications in chemical sensing, optical processing, and nanoelectronic devices.
Link to paper provided below
http://chem.ps.uci.edu/~rmpenner/PDFs/97_NatMat_5(2006)914.pdf

Monday, October 16  2006

8:00 AM

UROP Fellow, Neil Saigal, Published as First Author

Neil Saigal, who has been conducting research under the guidance of Jogesh Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, is the first author of an article published in the October issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine – one of the top publications in its field. The issue also features on its cover a figure prepared for the article. The article “Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of a Novel Serotonin 5-HT1A Receptor Radioligand, 18F-Mefway in Rodents and Imaging by PET in Non-human Primate,” reports on a new Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiopharmaceutical called Mefway that has the potential to be used in the diagnosis of several diseases, such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, depression and others. More: http://jnm.snmjournals.org/