Wednesday, April 20, 2011

CHSS Undergraduate Research Symposium Winners

On Tuesday, I was a judge for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium research posters. The variety of student projects and the quality of their projects and posters was amazing, and I was proud to be a part of the day. Over the course of the day, there were over 10 presentations and 20 posters, representing students from at least 12 different major programs. The winners were:
Best Oral Presentation: Violet Boggs
Best Overall Research and Scholarship: Sarah Waldron
Best Poster Presentation: Bethny Scheuerman
Best Project Involving Language: Andrew Pedry
Best Project Involving Information Technology: George Buzzell

For more information, pictures, and abstracts of their projects, see the Undergraduate Research Symposium website.

Congrats to all the participants!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Science Magazine's Prize for Inquiry-based Education

The Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction has been established to encourage innovation and excellence in education by recognizing outstanding, inquiry-based science education modules. The contest will recognize any inquiry-based exercise associated with an introductory-level college course in science. Only one entry per academic department will be accepted.

Winning applicants must be willing to provide complete instructions on how to implement their module. The resource must contain no copyright restrictions. And, to make the module easily portable, it should require only modest resources (supplies, equipment, or specialized expertise).

Winners will be selected by the editors of Science with the assistance of a judging panel composed of teachers and researchers in the relevant science fields. Individuals responsible for the development of the winning resources will be invited to write a short essay that describes the resource for publication in Science.

Website: http://www.sciencemag.org/site/feature/data/prizes/inquiry/
Deadline: April 15th, 2011

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Undergraduate Research Positions

The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratories have several different types of opportunities for students to conduct research in their laboratories, both during the summer and during academic semesters.

Website: http://www.orau.org/ornl/undergraduates/default.htm
Deadline: Varies, depending on program

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences REU Fall 2011

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences has received National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) funding to support 8 fellowships for undergraduate student research at BIOS during the 2011 fall semester (arrive on August 30, 2011 - depart on November 23, 2011). Students will design and conduct independent projects under faculty supervision within several research areas including:
  • Biology, chemistry and physics of the open ocean
  • Biology, physiology and biochemistry of reef building corals and reef ecosystems
  • Aspects of the molecular biology of marine organisms
  • Environmental chemistry of Bermuda's atmosphere and inshore waters
  • Effects and consequences of global environmental change
Deadline: May 30th, 2011.