Sports Mentoring Research Participation

Did you play sports in high school?

Did you have an adult that made an important difference in your life, someone that acted as a mentor?

If so, we are interested in interviewing you for a study about the role of mentors in the lives of young people.

Please contact Margaret Kelley at for more information about participation.

The interviews will last about an hour.

Participants must be between 18 and 26 years of age and full-time undergraduate U of I students.  Your participation is voluntary and confidential.   Each participant will receive $20.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications recruiting undergrads

The NCSA will be recruiting another cohort of undergraduate research fellows at an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at the NCSA Building.  See link below for flyer.

Flyer: spin-poster-08-2013-8 5×11

Brief announcement of the event:

Website for the program:

Travel Grants for Undergrad Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its spring 2013 competition for travel grants to subsidize the presentation of undergraduate research at professional conferences.  Proposals should be submitted at the deadline for submission is 1 May 2013.

In order to apply, students will need to have information on the conference dates and location, evidence that conference participation has been confirmed, estimated expenses, and possible support from mentors and departments.

             Please note that the travel grants are designed for students to present their research during the summer and fall semesters 2013 (another competition will be announced later in 2013).  In addition, these travel grants are not designed to cover the entire cost of student participation (some departmental or college contribution is encouraged) nor can the grant be used to cover post conference participation.

Questions should be directed to

Summer Research Opportunity in Tokyo

Summer Research Opportunity-University of Tokyo

 The Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo will offer summer research internship opportunities to qualified undergraduate students. The program is a grant program, named UTRIP (the University-of-Tokyo Research Internship Program). The features of the UTRIP program are as follows:

* Six-week research-centered program for students who wish to obtain a Master’s or Doctoral

degree in natural science areas.

* Providing financial support to all participants including housing for the full period of six week,

coverage for traveling costs to, and from Japan (up to 100,000 yen) as well as stipend of

60,000 yen to cover some personal expenses in Japan. No program fees will be charged.

* Eligibility: Undergraduate students of a Bachelor’s degree program. At selection, however, the

priority for nomination is given to applicants in their junior years.

* Application process: All application materials will be accepted at the

given site.

* Please check for the application procedure at:

The program details are available at the website below:

Please contact me at the email address:, if you have any questions.

Matthew Price, PhD.

Undergraduate Research and National and International Scholarships Coordinator

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Fifth Floor, Illini Union Bookstore

807 South Wright Street

Champaign, IL 61820

Proposals for Undergraduate Research Symposium

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium which will be held on Thursday 18 April in the Illini Union.  All UI undergraduate students are encouraged to present their original research and creative activities in the form of posters, oral presentations, or performances.

Submit Proposals at

Proposal Deadline: Thursday 7 February at 11:59 PM.

Questions should be addressed to

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) @ LearnLab

Summer research experience for undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.  The application for this program can be found at

This REU program is sponsored by LearnLab, a Science of Learning Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).   We encourage applications from students who would like to conduct research in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies. LearnLab’s REU program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, or one of our research partners.  The REU program supports LearnLab’s commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, education, and psychology leaders.

Applications are encouraged from students who wish to learn to conduct research in a modern academic research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers and experiment in real classroom environments. The REU program will expose students to the excitement and opportunities of a research career. This experience will provide excellent preparation for students interested in subsequently pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. degree. Although students from other years may apply, this opportunity is most fitting for a student at the end of the junior year of undergraduate studies.

Each student will receive a fellowship stipend of $4000 for the eight-week REU program. Food, housing and travel will also be provided.  Students will conduct research in an area matched to the interests expressed in the student’s application. Guidance and supervision of the research project will be provided by the faculty member as well as, in some cases, a postdoctoral fellow and/or advanced graduate student.

Seminars specific to those participating in the REU program will be held weekly including seminars on graduate admissions and career opportunities in science, education, computer science and engineering.  In addition, LearnLab seminars and those held by Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute and Language Technologies Institute and seminars at Pitt’s Language Research and Development Center will be open to the students, giving them exposure to a wide range of research in learning sciences.

There are several benefits that the participating students may receive.  If the student’s research in the summer is of high quality and has added value to an ongoing research project, past students have been asked to be a coauthor on the research team’s publication on that subject.

Addition of publications to the resume of a graduate school applicant always greatly improves the application.  If the quality of the research is high, the faculty member who advised the student would likely be willing to write a letter of recommendation for the student which could be included in a graduate school application. Research experience in one of the National Science Foundation’s premier research centers will be viewed attractively. Finally, a summer spent in one of the National Science Foundation’s premier project areas is a plus in an application whether it be for entry to Carnegie Mellon or the University of Pittsburgh or to any other institution.

There are scholarships available for graduate work on projects in LearnLab. The student should inquire about these possibilities during the summer program.

REU Program Dates: Students will begin their research experience on Sunday, June 2, 2013 with a welcoming reception and information session.  The REU program will end on Friday July 26, 2013 with a poster session in the afternoon. Submission of an application indicates that the applicant agrees to be present from June 2 to 4pm July 26, 2013 inclusive.


Application Deadline: Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013.

Students will be informed of our decision by March 1, 2013.


Minimum Requirements: Students should have a minimum of 3.5 GPA out of 4.0 although we will consider students who show by other measures that they are exceptional and who have GPAs over 3.2. Class standing and grades in specific subjects that are close to the field of research will also be considered, as are recommendations.

Number of slots/ positions available: LearnLab can accommodate as many as 10 positions, although in any given year, we may decide to fund less than 10 applicants.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR HDFS 294 (1-3 hours) Professor Jarrett

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR HDFS 294 (1-3 hours) Professor Jarrett

PROJECT: Building Strong Communities and Families through Community Gardens

This project explores how community gardens in an impoverished, inner-city neighborhood help promote community and family resilience. Qualitative interviews, neighborhood observations and maps, and photographs of local gardens were collected from community gardeners. Specifically, we explore the role of women in leading community gardens and the benefits of community gardens for families (promoting time together, cohesion), as well as how community gardens create safe space in high-risk neighborhoods.  Students will work in our ethnographic research lab with data that have already been collected. Students will have an opportunity to read about community and family resilience and to learn qualitative data analysis skills. Developing data analysis skills will entail coding interviews and photo documents. The project provides an excellent opportunity to work as part of a research with other undergraduate and graduate students.

PROJECT: School Readiness: Connecting Families and Schools

This project explores how preschools, elementary schools, and families facilitate low-income, African American preschoolers’ transition to kindergarten. The project is based on qualitative interviews with preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, and parents, neighborhood observations, and photographs from African American parents on daily family life. Students will work in our ethnographic research lab with data that have already been collected. Students will have an opportunity to become familiar with the literatures on family resilience, parenting practices and schooling, and family-school collaborations and to learn qualitative data analysis skills. Developing data analysis skills will entail coding interviews and photo documents. As part of the project activities, we will work on developing a parenting curriculum that facilitates greater parental engagement with schools and communities. The project provides an excellent opportunity to work as part of a research with other undergraduate and graduate students.

PROJECT: The Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrow Nutrition and Curriculum Study

This ongoing project focuses on creating healthy lifestyles among inner-city mothers with preschoolers. We have developed an 8 week curriculum for Head Start programs. This year we will be updating the curriculum to include mothers with infants. Work on this project will entail reviewing existing curricula, reviewing research on low-income, African American families with infants, and developing the content of workshops (e.g., healthy nutrition, family meal times, family garden, developing a healthy lifestyle, physical activity). The project provides an excellent opportunity to work as part of a research with other undergraduate and graduate students.