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Undergraduate Research Center

Main Office Phone: 607-777-4325
Fax: 607-777-4345
Director: Janice McDonald
Assistant to the Director:
Ashley Serbonich
Graduate Assistant: 
Mikhail-Ann Urquhart
Secretary: Mona Zwick


Meet Our Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars and Artists

2013 Summer Scholars 

Ilana Ben-Ezra
History and political science
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Casteen, mentor

Joshua Chorman
English and cinema
Associate Professor Ariana Gerstein, mentor

Chunhui Dai
Electrical engineering
Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, mentor

Sarah Davis
Integrative neuroscience
Professor Ralph Garruto, mentor

Matthew Epstein
Assistant Professor Gretchen Mahler, mentor

Raymond Futia
Cell and molecular biology
Assistant Professor Heather Fiumera, mentor

Joy Hallmark
Integrative neuroscience
Associate Professor Christopher Bishop, mentor

Jin Woo Lee
Mechanical engineering
Assistant Professor Peter Huang, mentor

Mallory Mecca
Sociology and economics
Associate Professor Kelvin Santiago-Valles, mentor

Mike Miller
Associate Professor Elisa Camiscioli, mentor

Patrick Schechter
Cinema and psychology
Assistant Professor Tomonari Nishikawa, mentor

Joel Thomas
Cell and molecular biology and philosophy
Associate Professor Anne B. Clark, mentor

2013 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research 

Anthony Frachioni
Associate Professor Bruce White, mentor

William Marsiglia
Professor Christof Grewer, mentor

Council on Undergraduate Research
Posters on the Hill Presenters 

Jacqueline Odgis

Kathleen Francis Clancy

Abigail H MacFadden

Professor Koji Lum, mentor




Social Sciences

Resources  from External Sources: Social Science Majors



Anthony Shadid Intern Program, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
Intern program offered by the Research Institute of the ADC, an Arab-American civil-rights organization. Offers a variety of positions for leadership development and educates students on issues of civil rights, the Arab heritage, and current events in the Middle East. While the program is primarily oriented to Arab-American students, they encourage applicants from all ethnic backgrounds. These are 11 week internships in Washington, D.C.. There is a stipend of $1,500 for undergraduates and $2,000 for graduate students.

Heritage Foundation Internship Program
The program is to train, equip, and develop tomorrow's young conservative leaders. Paid interns are given substantive work, acquire policy expertise, and build marketable skills. Interns work with Heritage experts on foreign and domestic policy issues in such areas as energy and the environment, the rule of law, homeland security, and health care. For those interested in business, Heritage offers the opportunity to work in communications and marketing, development, coalition building and outreach, and government relations.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)
MURAP is a paid summer internship designed to foster the entrance of talented humanities, social sciences, and fine arts students from diverse backgrounds into graduate school and faculty positions in U.S. colleges and universities. Each summer, the program brings to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus a cohort of 20 undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) from colleges and universities in the U.S. for an intensive, ten-week research experience. Stipend, on-campus housing, and other benefits are provided.

National Park Service - Historic Preservation Training Program
Funded summer internships to train future historians, archaeologists, architects, curators, planners, and archivists by fostering awareness of the National Park Services cultural resource management activities.

National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU)
Summer research opportunities in all fields of the sciences (including some social sciences), mathematics, and engineering. Each site, based at a university, consists of about 10 students who work in the research program of the host university. Stipends and in most cases housing and travel funds. Complete list of locations on website, start checking late fall/early spring semester. Students apply to the university hosting the REU, not to NSF.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
Annual summer program, sponsored by the American Political Science Association, to introduce minority students to graduate study and to encourage application to Ph.D programs. The academically intensive program is designed to simulate the graduate school experience, provide mentoring, and expand academic opportunities for students from underrepresented groups. Application is made in the junior year. The program provides travel, room and board and books, plus a stipend.


American Anthropological Association Links to Field Schools

American Anthropological Association List of Internships
Internships offer invaluable opportunities to gain experience in your chosen field. Links to institutions that offer internships for aspiring anthropologists, also useful for the other Social Sciences.

American Schools of Oriental Research Excavation Fellowships
Excavation grants and fellowships that allow individuals to participate in excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Archaeological Institute of America Fieldwork Opportunities (includes field schools)


American Economic Association Summer Training Program Minority Fellowship
Six-week program to help talented undergraduate students learn skills and conduct research in economics in preparation for studies at the doctoral level. Primary consideration given to rising Sophomores and Juniors planning on pursuing a PhD in economics. The Minority Fellowships are open to qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents, with a preference for those who are members of historically disadvantaged racial or ethnic minority groups and who advance the diversity of the economics profession.

International Affairs/Public Policy

Center for Strategic and International Studies Internships
The CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy. Interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing, and project development. Applicant must be eligible to work in the US.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
Six-week program at Howard University designed to provide students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, enhance their knowledge and skills to pursue international affairs careers, and expose them to career opportunities. Open to full-time undergraduate students who will complete their sophomore year before the program begins. The Program encourages the involvement of African American and other minority group students. Students take three academic courses and attend additional seminars. Students receive tuition, travel, room and board, as well as a stipend.

Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute
Programs focused on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals and other leadership roles in public service. Located at UC Berkeley, Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, Maryland, and Princeton, students apply in their junior year. Underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply. Recipients receive full tuition for the summer program, room and board, books, GRE prep, and a stipend. After completing the summer program, fellows are recruited by graduate schools who belong to the PPIA Consortium where they are entitled to $5,000 towards tuition - very often they receive well above that amount.

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Last Updated: 11/6/14