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Fall 2014 Calendar of Events


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URO Programs

URO Open House
Tuesday, August 26, 5:00-6:00pm
Hays Cape Room in the Ohio Union

Stop by the Open House to learn more about what the URO does on campus, discuss undergraduate research with peer researchers, hear about upcoming events and sign up for our listserv!

Presenting Research with Posters
[RSVPs] are necessary due to limited space!
Presented by Laurie Maynell
Wednesday, September 3, 5:30-7:00pm
300 Younkin Success Center

In this workshop, we will discuss the essential parts of a poster and how to arrange them to tell a concise story. Students will also have an opportunity to practice presenting their research. In addition, we will consider how to talk about your work to people who may spend as little as thirty seconds or as much as several minutes at your poster. 

Guidelines for Keeping a Good Laboratory Notebook
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Presented by Dr. Marcela Hernandez
Tuesday, September 9, 5:30-6:30pm

Keeping records of your research is crucial to a successful project in any field of study.  Many undergraduate researchers are working in laboratories, where they are asked to keep a laboratory notebook.  This session will teach you how to maintain and organize your lab notebook to keep track of protocols, experiments, and results.  Join Dr. Marcela Hernandez to learn the secrets to a great lab notebook, whether you are currently in a research lab or interested in joining one!

Research Thesis: Icing on the College Cake?
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Tuesday, September 23, 5:30-6:30pm
14 Psychology Building

Learn more about the undergraduate thesis option at Ohio State. Hear from students who have or are currently writing a thesis about why you might consider graduating with research distinction!

IRB Training for Undergraduates
Presented by the Office of Responsible Research Practices
Tuesday, September 30, 5:30-6:30pm, 1041 McPherson Lab [RSVP] and
Wednesday,November 19, 5:30-6:30pm, 160 Jennings Hall [RSVP]

Are you interested in working with human subjects or their data in your research?  Do you need IRB approval?  Not sure?  Doing research that involves human subjects, especially in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and allied fields, requires prior approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Come learn about the approval process, and know the rules before you start!

Recipe for Success: Basic Ingredients for Undergraduate Research
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Presented by the Undergraduate Research Office and the Mershon Center
Tuesday, October 7, 5:00-6:30pm
MLK Lounge in Hale Hall

An event for students in SBS and Humanities who want to know what research opportunities exist in their fields, how to develop an appropriate research question and methodology, and what foundation is needed to begin their research. A faculty panel will discuss research in their specific disciplines; Dr. Mughan, director of International Studies program and professors of political science, Dr. Newell, associate professor of history and Dr. Carlarne, peace studies coordinator, will be there to join us!

Keys to Research Success: Keeping Your Data Organized
Program sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Office, University Libraries' Research Commons, and Libraries' Data Management Services
Friday, October 17, 11:00-12:00pm
150 Thompson Library

Join the Undergraduate Research Office adn the LIbraries Data Management Services to learn more about creating a file naming system, tracking versions, and maintaining meaninful metadata for your research projects.

Fair Use and You: Copyright Considerations for Writing Theses and Dissertations
Program sponsored by Universitiy Libraries' Research Commons, Copyright Resources Center and the Writing Center
Tuesday, October 21, 3:00-4:30pm
165 Thompson Library

Join the Copyright Resources Center and the Writing Center for an overview of author's rights, copyright, and the services offered to help keep you productive as a writer.

Hidden Resources in the Libraries Special Collections- CANCELLED
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Program sponsored by Undergraduate Research Office and University Libraries
Tuesday, November 4, 6:00-7:00pm
150 Thompson Library

University Libraries Special Collections are treasure troves of unique research topics and resources for undergraduate students.   Don't miss the chance to meet with and explore the resources from:

  • Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program
  • Congressional Archives and John Glenn Collection
  • Early Books & Manuscripts from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
  • Photograph collections from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
  • Theatre Research Institute
  • University Archives

Whether you are interested in additional resources for your current research project, starting your own project using these rare and special resources, or just interested in what these collections hold, this event is for you! 

Finding and Applying to STEM Summer Research
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Thursday, November 13, 5:30-6:30pm
14 Psychology Building

There are multitudes of national and international research opportunities for students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields throughout summer. Join the Undergraduate Research Office to learn what is out there, find out what is required to apply, and compile a personalized list of possibilities.

Have Research, Will Travel
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Presented by the Undergraduate Research Office and Office of International Affairs Tuesday, November 18, 5:30-6:30pm
014 Psychology Building

Research is already exciting, but imagine how exciting it can be when it sends you to a foreign country!  Come to this panel to learn about the challenges and rewards of doing research internationally.  You will learn about the paths that fellow undergraduates have taken while conducting research abroad and what you need to know to make it happen for you. 

Research Writing 101: Best Practices for Citation Management
Presented by the University Libraries' Research Commons, the Writing Center and the Libraries' Research Services
Thursday, November 20, 11:00-12:30pm
150 Thompson Library

Join the Writing Center and the Libraries Research Services for a discussion about the resources that can keep you efficient and organized as you prepare to publish your research.

Denman Demystified
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Wednesday, December 3, 5:30-6:30pm
160 Jennings Hall

Maybe you’ve heard about the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, but you’re not really sure what it is. Or maybe you think you have a handle on what the Denman is, but you still have some questions about who can present, what the application process entails, etc. Either way, this is your one-stop shop to demystify yourself. 

Fall Undergraduate Research Week and Student Poster Forum

Spilling the Beans: The Secrets of Undergraduate Research
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Monday, September 15, 5:30pm
113 Dreese Lab

Learn from student panelists in various disciplines about how they got started doing research, what they do, and how you might get involved. We will be joined by Rashmi Borah (Microbiology/Philosophy), Lienne Sethna (Geophysics), Max Mauerman (Political Science/Economics), Ryan Tran (Microbiology) and Kimberly Lachell (Materials Science Engineering). Be ready to be inspired!

Faculty Perspective on Research
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Tuesday, September 16, 5:30pm
002 Psychology Building

Wondering what faculty members really think about research?  Come to this panel to hear what professors from various disciplines have to say about working with undergraduate researchers.  Learn more about what they expect from undergraduate researchers, and what you can expect from the experience of working closely with faculty. We will be joined by Christin Burd (Molecular Genetics), Chris Baker (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Mat Coleman (Geography) and Chris Callam (Chemistry & Biochemistry).

Join the Research Conversation
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Wednesday, September 17, 5:30pm
150 Thompson Library

Active research is happening across the university and researchers regularly debate and inspire one another through their writings. Find out how to "hear" this conversation and how to join in - right here at Ohio State - in this interactive session from University Libraries and the Undergraduate Research Office. 

Fall Student Poster Forum
Co-sponsored by the University Libraries
Thursday, September 18, 11:00-4:00pm
The Buckeye Reading Room at Thompson Library

Attend the culminating event of Undergraduate Research Week: a poster forum highlighting the work of undergraduate summer researchers in numerous disciplines, from biomedical sciences to the humanities.  Stop by to view their accomplishments and talk to them about the summer research experience.  A great opportunity to explore the possibilities of undergraduate research and see the amazing results of learning experiences outside of the classroom!  

The 2014 Forum will feature 3 poster sessions throughout the day. Students from a variety of disciplines will be presenting during each session.

  • Session 1: 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Session 2: 12:45pm-2:15pm
  • Session 3: 2:30-4:00pm

Steps to Publishing Undergraduate Research
[RSVPs] are preferred; walk-ins always welcome!
Presented by the Journal of Undergraduate Research at Ohio State (JUROS)
Friday, September 19, 2:30-3:30pm
388 Arps Hall

Get published! Find out how to submit your work to JUROS, OSU's all-inclusive, student-run peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal.

URO Info Sessions

Come to one of our monthly info sessions to learn how to get started in research! Learn how to develop a research topic, find a research mentor, and find resources to help make research a part of your undergraduate education. These sessions offer a great introduction to students who are just beginning to think about the possibilities of undergraduate research.

All sessions are in Rm. 70 of the 18th Avenue Library (formerly SEL)

  • Wednesday, September 3, from 10:30-11:30
  • Thursday, September 11, from 2:30-3:30
  • Friday, September 19, from 2:30-3:30
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2:30-3:30
  • Wednesday, October 1, 11:30-12:30
  • Thursday, October 9, 5:30-6:30
  • Monday, October 13, 2:30-3:30
  • Tuesday, October 21, 5:30-6:30
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2:30-3:30
  • Thursday, November 6, 2:30-3:30
  • Monday, November 10, 5:30-6:30
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2:30-3:30

Library advising hours are also available (starting September 22) Monday-Friday from 1:00-3:00pm on the 1st floor in Thompson Library, across from the elevators.

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