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Undergraduate Research Scholars program seeks mentors

Dear faculty, research staff and dissertators,

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program invites you to become a
research mentor!

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program (URS) is currently
accepting project listings from faculty members, post-doctoral fellows,
research scientists, and dissertators who would like to involve a
first-year student or sophomore as a research or creative work
assistant during the 2015-16 academic year. The majority of
Undergraduate Research Scholars are members of historically under-
represented groups: students of color, women in science and
engineering, and/or first-generation college students. They earn course
credit for participating in a year-long course (two semesters) of study
that includes a seminar on issues in research and hands-on experience
with a mentor’s research project or creative endeavor. The URS program
promotes undergraduate research and intellectually creative engagement
in all academic disciplines.

The Benefits

For researchers, the benefits of working with a URS Scholar include the
satisfaction of fostering the development of the independent inquiry
skills with a bright and eager student, acquiring valuable research
assistance, supporting an undergraduate’s exploration of academic and
career interests, and connecting directly with the experiences of
undergraduates on campus. Many URS students stay with their original
mentors throughout their undergraduate careers. Our URS students have
established an impressive record of conference presentations and
academic publications that support their post-graduation endeavors.

How to Become a URS Research Mentor

Complete the on-line form at http://urs.ls.wisc.edu (click on “Submit a
research opportunity”) and your project will be listed in our 2015-16
offerings. Interested students will contact you through email early in
the fall semester 2015 (starting at the end of August.) After you
interview prospective students, you may elect to have one or more work
with you for the academic year. URS Scholars register for INTER L&S 250
and earn 2-3 credits per semester. At the end of each semester, we will
ask you to grade the student’s work on their project; then we will
assign the student a final grade reflecting your grade and his or her
work in the URS research seminar.

We urge you to submit your research opportunity as soon as possible.
URS students will start looking for research placement on Thursday,
August 27, 2015.

Where to Go for More Information

If you have questions about becoming a URS research mentor, please
contact Amy Sloane at alsloane@wisc.edu or 265-9726. More information
is available on our website: http://urs.ls.wisc.edu. Thank you for
supporting undergraduate research at UW- Madison!

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