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Needed: 200 opportunities for 1st- and 2nd-year undergrad research scholars

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Program, a campus-wide program designed to give first- and second-year undergraduates their first exposure to the excitement of original research and creative work. For the 2007/08 academic year, the URS Program needs to locate the approximately 200 research opportunities for its Undergraduate Research Scholars.

By engaging URS undergraduates in your research or artistic endeavors, you gain valuable assistance and the student develops as an inquiry-based learner, artist, or writer. Your involvement is essential to the success of this program.

The program offers a unique opportunity to involve new college students in the process of inquiry, discovery, and creative work that is the core of our institutional mission. Indeed, involving undergraduates directly in research is at the core of the Wisconsin Experience; it’s at the core of how our students can take best advantage of their education here.

The URS Program is open to all first- and second-year students and especially encourages applications from students in under-represented groups. From its pilot semester in the spring of 1999, URS has grown from 15 students to 150. Since 1999, the program has placed first- and second-year students in research positions across the university in areas of investigation as diverse as molecular biology, physics, art history, economics, theatre, sociology, archaeology, genetics, textile arts, political science, engineering, psychiatry and social work.

For the 2007/08 academic year, the URS Program needs to locate the approximately 200 research opportunities for its Undergraduate Research Scholars. The URS Program will select students who have the potential and motivation to benefit from a valuable research experience or from working closely with an artist, performer, writer, or choreographer. The program will provide them with substantial guidance and support, including regular seminars throughout the academic year, guidance from experienced peer mentors, and training in oral and written communication, time management, and responsible academic conduct. Students will earn academic credit for assisting you in your research or creative work.

If in your research or creative work, you can see a role that an engaged but inexperienced student might have, please take a moment to complete the URS web application form at:

www.lssaa.wisc.edu/urs/mentors/opportunity.php>http://www.lssaa.wisc.edu/urs/mentors/opportunity.php

URS is seeking opportunities across the spectrum of research and creative work that is done on our campus. The URS Program will not match students with faculty, but will guide the student in seek out for an interview based on the project and position summary that you have submitted.

The deadline for submission of your research opportunity is August 1, 2007.

Further details are available by contacting the URS Director, Svetlana T. Karpe at 262-5884 or
stkarpe@wisc.edu

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