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April 2020 Newsletter
Undergraduate Research Symposium 

Presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Undergraduate Research Network (URN)


A forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Newcomb Hall Ballroom 

Poster and oral presentations from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
Keynote and awards ceremony from 4:30pm-6pm
Abstracts due by March 6th at 



The Raven Society Fellowship

The Raven Society is now accepting applications for its 2020 Raven Fellowships, which fund up to $2500 towards independent research projects for the summer and fall of 2020. All research topics will be considered, and any currently enrolled UVA graduate or undergraduate student may apply. The deadline is Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 11:59pm. The application and FAQs may be found at the Raven Society website. 

URL for more information:


NSF BIT SURE Research Experience for Undergraduates for Summer 2020

Apply to the NSF BIT SURE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer 2020. Hosted by North Carolina State University, this 10-week program focuses on advanced sequencing tools that are transforming the way biologists conduct research and inclusive science. Participants learn about sequencing techniques, prepare samples in the lab, and participate in professional development opportunities and site visits. A series of workshops and service-learning opportunities promote diversity in science and learning.


The deadline is February 14th, 2020.

STEM Bridge Scholarship Program 

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bridge Scholarships of $1,000 to students who will be sophomores during the 2020-2021 academic year. Students from any federally recognized minority group in STEM and enrolled full-time in a program of STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for students to apply is Monday, March 13, 2020.