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A monthly newsletter from the Office of Undergraduate Research

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The Office of Undergraduate Research is within the Office of Research and Engagement.

Welcome Back to Campus!

The August edition of Discovery is filled with new programs and activities just for you. Did someone forward you this email? Want to subscribe? Then click here.

Discovery Day - next Tuesday

Highlighting undergraduate student research and creative activity undertaken in the spring or summer months, Discovery Day is a time to view what your fellow students are researching both on and off campus and learn about research opportunities available for you in the new academic year.

This year’s event will be Tuesday, August 25 from 1-4 pm in Hodges Library, 2nd floor common area. (Free ice cream for the first 500 students who come by to visit the posters!)

Interested in showing your research and creative activity?

Students can register here to display their research and creative activity at Discovery Day. Registration deadline is August 21.

EXPLORE - database of undergraduate research opps


EXPLORE is UT’s new database of undergraduate research opportunities. Students can use EXPLORE to search for faculty by academic department, view open on-campus research positions, and view off-campus research opportunities.

Positions are listed as paid, volunteer, or for academic credit.

This is a new database and opportunities will be continually added throughout the year.

You can start viewing positions immediately at Log in using your netid and password.

Work-study Research Assisitant Positions


Were you awarded Work-study as part of your financial aid package? If so, check out the new Work-study Research Assistants Program.

The goal of this initiative is to expand opportunities for students to be introduced to the concept of scholarship, and to learn the research or scholarly methods in their field.

This is the pilot year and we are looking for 10 students who would like to participate. All positions are posted in EXPLORE and are open until filled.

Seminar Series

Begin your fall 2015 semester by attending a session in the Undergraduate Research Seminar Series! All seminars will be one hour in length on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and held in Hodges Library unless otherwise noted. Bring your friends and learn how to get involved in undergraduate research! Pizza will be provided to the first 40 students on noted days.

Start with the Undergraduate Research Info Session on Tuesday, August 25! 

Check out the rest of the topics and dates.

Upcoming Travel Grant Deadlines


The Office of Undergraduate Research has limited funds to support students to attend key conferences and events. Below is a list of the conferences and events we will be supporting for 2015-16.

SEC Symposium, September 20-22  (Travel grant application deadline: August 28)

Tennessee Experiential Learning Symposium, October 30 (Travel grant application deadline: October 16)

Posters at the Capitol, February date TBD (Abstract submission and travel grant application are combined: November 6)

Posters on the Hill, April date TBD (Abstract submission and travel grant application are combined: November 5)     

National Conference of Undergraduate Research, April 7-9 (Travel grant application deadline: February 5)

Activity Calendar

Upcoming events, deadlines, seminars and more.

Discovery Day, 1-4 pm, Hodges Library Aug 25
Seminar: Get started in research!, 5-6 pm, Hodges Aug 25
SEC Symposium Travel Grant Deadline Aug 28
Seminar: TBD Sep 1
Seminar: Research abroad, 5-6 pm, I-House Sep 9
Seminar: Conferences for sharing your UGR Sep 15
TELS Abstract Deadline Sep 18
SEC Symposium Sep 20-22
Seminar: Using research for national scholarship and fellowship applications Sep 22
International Conference of UGR: live webcast Sep 29-30
Int'l Research Opportunities Travel Grant Deadline Oct 1

See our calendar page for additional dates from October - May


URSA's 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Apr 2
National Conference of Undergraduate Research Apr 7-9
Research Week Apr 7-15
20th Annual EURēCA Apr 11-15

Visit for more information on all activities.

Get in Touch

Are you an undergraduate researcher with news to share? We want to hear from you! If you have recently completed a research project, presented at a conference, or want to tell us about your fabulous mentor, fill out the appropriate form(s) below. (Faculty submissions also welcome.)

» Have you published or presented?

» Have you been to a conference?

» Submit an undergraduate research profile

» Submit a story about UT undergraduate research

» Submit an undergraduate research mentor profile

Office of Undergraduate Research
1534 White Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1529
Phone: 865-974-8560

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