The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) is committed to providing comprehensive training and support to undergraduate researchers. To that end, the OUR offers an extensive selection of workshops throughout the academic year that focus on skill acquisition and professional development.
Students who want to learn about the research process at USF should attend all three workshops offered in the Getting Started in Undergraduate Research workshop series. Together, these three interactive workshops provide the essential information and skills necessary to search for and successfully obtain a research experience.
For students who want to acquire additional professional development skills the OUR administers the Professional Development Workshop series. Topics include Attending an Academic Research Conference, Demystifying Graduate School, and Developing and Writing a Persuasive Research Abstract. Finally, the OUR conducts several Colloquium Preparation workshops each spring semester in conjunction with the annual OUR sponsored Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium.
Undergraduate Research Workshop Series
Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshop
This interactive workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the entire undergraduate research process at USF. Students will learn about the types of research opportunities available, how to network with potential mentors, and how to get credit for research experiences. Students who attend a Getting Started workshop are enrolled in the Canvas organization Undergraduate Research Interest Group, which contains a listing of current research opportunities and additional resources.
A Note About Position Announcements on Canvas: Announcements posted on the Canvas organization represent an additional resource for students seeking a research position. The list is NOT comprehensive and should not be used as the primary source for locating opportunities. The best way to locate a research position is to engage and network with faculty and other department personnel.
|Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshops
NOTE: Walk in seating is available for workshops that are FULL.
Contact the OUR for more information.
|Thurs. Oct. 1||6:00-7:00pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Sat. Oct. 3||3:00-4:00pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Tues. Oct. 6||4:00-5:00pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Thurs. Oct. 15||3:30-4:30pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Wed. Oct. 28||5:00-6:00pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Tues. Nov. 3||2:30-3:30pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Mon. Nov. 16||4:00-5:00pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Tues. Dec. 1||3:30-4:30pm||LIB 210||FULL|
Researching a Mentor and Preparing for the Research Conversation
In this interactive workshop students will learn how to locate information about potential research mentors on the USF website. Workshop participants will also learn strategies for engaging in productive and professional conversations with potential mentors.
Workshop participants should bring a laptop to participate in workshop activities.
- How to locate information about potential research mentors on the USF website.
- How to use information posted on a faculty’s web page to start the “research conversation” with a potential mentor.
- How to prepare to have the “research conversation” with potential mentors.
|Researching a Mentor Workshop|
|Wed. Sept. 9||1:00-2:00pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Tues. Sept. 15||12:30-1:30pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Wed. Sept. 30||1:00-2:00pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Fri. Oct. 16||12:30-1:30pm||LIB 210||FULL|
|Mon. Nov. 16||11:00am-12:00pm||LIB 210||RSVP Now »|
|Wed. Dec. 2||2:00-3:00pm||LIB 210||RSVP Now »|
Creating a Personal Vision Statement and Credentialing Yourself
In this interactive workshop students will learn how to develop a personal vision statement. Workshop participants will also compose a Curriculum Vitae or “academic resume”. Taking the time to prepare these documents will help potential undergraduate researchers communicate their unique skill set, demonstrate why they are the best candidate for the position, and make them more competitive for research positions.
|Creating a Personal Vision Statement and Credentialing Yourself|
|Wed. Sept 16||1:00PM – 2:00PM||LIB 210||FULL|
|Tues. Sept. 22||1:00PM – 2:00PM||LIB 210||FULL|
|Wed. Oct. 21||3:00PM – 4:00PM||LIB 210||FULL|
|Tues. Dec. 1||12:00PM – 1:00PM||LIB 210||RSVP Now »|
Summer Research Opportunities Workshop
Learn about summer research opportunities throughout the United States and abroad.
|Summer Research Opportunities Workshop|
|Offered During FALL Semester|
|Offered During FALL Semester|
Med School Workshop
Interested in attending Medical School? Hear directly from Dr. Pollenz who was faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina and has been involved in medical school admissions and taught medical, dental, and pharmacy students. All topics are framed in the context of a pre survey that will be a major eye opener for those thinking there is an A → B → C → process that guarantees admission. Students wishing to attend medical school should make all attempts to take this workshop in their first two years at the university. Come prepared to learn and be open to the reality vs. the myths!
|Med School Workshop|
|Sat. Jan. 16||4:30-5:30pm||LIB 210||Registration Opens Soon|
|Sat. Feb. 27||4:30-5:30pm||LIB 210||Registration Opens Soon|
Working the Problem: Creative Research Skills Workshop
This interactive workshop will engage attendees in the foundation of problem-solving skills which are applicable across all disciplines.
Students who attend this workshop will:
- Understand the difference between critical and associative thinking
- Learn how creativity impacts research in all disciplines
- Discover why the development of problem solving skills are critical to future employment
- Work in groups to practice creative thinking skills
- Develop the framework for a research problem statement
|Working the Problem: Creative Research Skills Workshop|
|Not scheduled during Spring 2016|