Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

May 11, 2016
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USRA announces undergraduate scholarship opportunities

USRA Flyer

Click to view the program flyer.

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is currently accepting applications for its annual undergraduate scholarship program. The program provides up to four scholarships per year to students who have demonstrated interest in careers in space or aeronautics related science, research or education. Each awarded student receives a one-time, $4,000 scholarship.

Applications to the program are due by August 12, 2016, with letters of recommendation from the applicants’ references due one week later. More information on the program is available on the OVPR website.

September 16, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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Council on Undergraduate Research announces call for submissions on incorporating research into undergraduate curriculum

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The Council on Undergraduate Research has announced a call for submissions to appear in the fall 2016 edition of the CUR Quarterly. The issue will focus on integrating undergraduate research and creative scholarship into the curriculum.  CUR is seeking four to five articles of 2,000 to 3,500 words as well as a number of shorter vignettes of around 300 words.  Faculty in any discipline are invited to share their ideas on development, implementation, and assessment of initiatives that make research a part of undergraduate education.

According to the CUR announcement, potential topics of interest include:

  • Models for integrating undergraduate research into the core curriculum/general education experience for students
  • Curricular innovations that involve large numbers of students in undergraduate research experiences at any level of the curriculum
  • Models for scaffolding undergraduate research experiences throughout the curriculum
  • Innovative ways of integrating undergraduate research into the gateway, research methods, and capstone courses of a major
  • Examples of undergraduate research programs that integrate lower-level classes with upper-division courses

If you are interested in submitting an article or vignette, submit a 300-500 word prospectus through the CUR website. The deadline for submission is Oct. 13. Accepted authors will be notified by Oct. 23 and final text for review and editing must be submitted by Dec. 14.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students. In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses. Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no additional cost. Click here to learn more about CUR.

April 20, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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URSA recognizes support of undergraduate research with annual Awards in Excellence and Service

The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee, along with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, have announced the recipients of the 2015 URSA Awards in Excellence and Service. The awards are presented annually to faculty, students and administrators whose hard work has helped to enhance and expand the research opportunities available to Baylor undergraduate students.

The award recipients will be recognized at URSA’s annual award ceremony on Wednesday at 12:00 noon.  The winners of this year’s outstanding Scholars Week presentations and posters will also be honored at the event.

Please join the OVPR and URSA in congratulating these award recipients and thanking them for their service to Baylor! Continue Reading →

February 20, 2015
by Baylor OVPR
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OVPR, URSA seek nominations for third annual URSA Awards in Excellence and Service

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee are currently accepting nominations for the 2015 URSA Awards in Excellence and Service.  The awards recognize Baylor faculty members, staff members and students whose hard work has made positive contributions to the university’s undergraduate research programs.

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December 3, 2014
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Baylor research helps provide resolution to families of missing immigrants found near the border

Stevie Hope, a 2014 Baylor anthropology graduate, and Cole Lindeberg, a senior anthropology major, work to exhume an unmarked grave at a cemetery in South Texas.

Stevie Hope, a 2014 Baylor anthropology graduate, and Cole Lindeberg, a senior anthropology major, work to exhume an unmarked grave at a cemetery in South Texas.

Every year hundreds of immigrants attempt to cross over the United States’ southern border; the road is long and arduous and for many it proves to be fatal. Many of the deceased do not bare any pieces of identification, so when they are discovered, the authorities have now way to return their remains to their families; consequently, the bodies are buried in unmarked graves. These disappearances unfortunately leave many families with questions and without resolution as to whether or not their loved one died crossing. For a select group of Baylor of students, led by Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Lori Baker, the opportunity to meet a humanitarian need while doing research for their field of study is highly appreciated. With that need in mind, every year Baker and her students travel to locations near the border in South Texas to recover and identify the bodies of those who died crossing over, so that their remains may be returned to their families.

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November 12, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Undergrad/grad internship opportunity: DOE Scholars Program

Click the image above to download the DOE Scholars Program flyer (PDF).

Click the image above to download the DOE Scholars Program flyer (PDF).

The U.S. Department of Energy offers ten-week, paid internships for college students or recent graduates who want to gain research experience while learning about the agency’s mission and operations.

Internships are offered in a variety of energy-related fields and hosted at DOE facilities around the country.

Applications to the program will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2015. Click here to learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures.

November 11, 2014
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Upcoming conference on undergraduate research: CUR Dialogues 2015

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is offering  a series of dialogues discussing this year’s topic, Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways, at the nation’s capital. The dialogues are open to anyone involved in undergraduate research. The series will be held from Feb. 19 through 21, 2015 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, located in Arlington, Virginia. 

The dialogues are designed to provide attendees a unique opportunity to communicate with a variety of federal and private foundation program officers and experts in research advocacy and grant preparation. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and collaborate with each other.

For more information regarding the CUR Dialogues, click here to visit the CUR website. 

November 5, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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CUR offers travel grants for undergraduate researchers

The Council on Undergraduate Research is currently offering two separate travel grants for undergraduate students who haveCouncil on Undergraduate Research completed research in either social science or biology. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. There are a select number of travel grants available, ranging from $200 to $250.

This opportunity is designed for students who have already completed their research and who are planning to present their findings at local, regional, or other professional venues. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply but must meet the requirements noted for each travel grant.

For more information on the social science travel grant click here.

For more information on the biology travel grant click here.

October 27, 2014
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Undergraduate research presentation opportunity: CUR Posters on the Hill

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is inviting students and their faculty mentors to apply for the 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 5. Those chosen for the event will be notified February of 2015 and the event itself will be at a date yet to be determined. Historically, Posters on the Hill has taken place in late April.

This program is designed for faculty and students who have a desire to learn about and advocate for government funding for research. Students will be given the opportunity to speak with members of Congress to voice their concerns, ask questions and learn about the legislative process in regards to research funding.

Click here to get more information from the CUR website.

September 15, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor students get back to nature in the fight against antibiotic-resistant pathogens

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Michael Cotten (left), a graduate student in biology, looks on as undergraduates Shelby Armstrong and Shanze Zar examine a petri dish containing isolates found in soil samples.

For most patients, hospitals are very safe environments in which to receive treatment and recover. However, despite hospitals’ best efforts, some patients, especially those with compromised immune systems, may be at risk of contracting dangerous infections. A particular group of germs called E.S.K.A.P.E. pathogens — named for the Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumonia, Acinetobacter baumanii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter bacteria — has become a growing concern for health care providers, because the pathogens have adapted to develop a resistance to current antibiotics. According to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, 19,000 patients die every year from an infection caused by an E.S.K.A.P.E. pathogen. The problem of today’s antibiotics failing to combat pathogens that have grown a resistance to them is a serious one and one that a group of Baylor undergraduate students and their faculty mentors have devoted time and effort toward solving. Continue Reading →