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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Opportunities to present research

An important part of the scholarly process is to share the results of ones work with others; after all if you are the only one that knows something it is not yet useful to the world at large.  A few of opportunities to share your work at relatively close venues are coming up.

The first is the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference, which will be held in Maryville, TN on March 25th.   I am not sure if they are still accepting abstracts but you can contact Mardi Craig, the associate dean there for more information or send me (R. Bachman) an email and I will send you the registration document.

The second is the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Middle Division Collegiate Meeting for Undergraduate Research, which will be hosted by Belmont University on April 16.  Abstract for this meeting are due March 25th and information can be found at

The other event is our very own Scholarship Sewanee, which will be April 29th this year.  It will feature prizes (still to be determined) for both talks and posters.  More info soon!

Merit Weekend

It was great to meet all the new Merit scholars this weekend.  I hope they all saw the great opportunities to get involved in research, scholarship, creative activities, etc with the faculty here at Sewanee.   I know I was in awe of all the great work I heard about from our current students in the sciences, the humanities and the arts.  If there is one thing I know about this place it is that the faculty really work to engage the students on so many levels.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A growing list of summer research experiences

Not surprisingly, I get lots of emails looking for students that want to GET PAID to do research over the summer.  It is often difficult to know how to get that information out to the right students.  So, I thought why not just make a list here.  So without further ado, in no particular order:

UNC-Greensboro--Interdisciplinary research in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology

Rutgers (State Univ. of NJ)--Biological and physical sciences, behavior science, mathematics and engineering

Oak Ridge National Labs

Virginia Tech Program in Ghana--Conservation Biology

Georgetown University--Chemistry

NASA--science and engineering>

Clark Univeristy HERO (Human-Environmet Regional Observatory)--GIS, field biology, social science

Southern Illinois Carbondale--Chemistry and Physics

That is all for now.  Look back for more posts as the announcements come in....

Looking for Summer Research Experiences?

The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, Career & Leadership Development and the Director of Undergraduate Research are teaming up to offer an informal workshop designed to help you find a great summer research experience either here at Sewanee or at schools across the country.

The workshop will be Tuesday, February 1 from 5:30 to 7:00pm in Woods 216.

If you are interested in coming, please send Elizabeth Henry a note at henryem0 so we know how much pizza to order from Crust.

Did I mention that we were having Crust pizza too?

See you there!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sewanee Office of Undergraduate Research

Scholarship Sewanee is an annual conference that highlights the research projects of Sewanee students.
Undergraduate research is one of the most important pedagogical advances in the last decade. Like other forms of experiential learning, UR gets students involved with the subject matter at a deeper level--as active learners rather than passive recipients of material or rote learners of procedures. This blog celebrates undergraduate research at Sewanee.