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Fireside Research Luncheons 

Interested in networking with faculty members about their innovative projects? Want to find out more about the awesome things UVa faculty are publishing? Consider taking part in the URN Research Luncheon Series! This event will take place Friday afternoon on November 1, 2019 and November 15, 2019. This is a great way to engage in a dialogue with esteemed faculty members, both of whom have been prolific in their chosen research fields and it is also a way to explore careers in research. 

We will be providing a FREE catered lunch from Take-It-Away at this event! To participate, fill out a short application by 11:59 pm on October 27, 2019 and we will notify those who are chosen for this event. Applications are based on why you should be part of this event, including knowledge and interest in the faculty member’s research. The application link can be found here, and the professors attending the series are listed below. Please note that if selected to participate, you will be able to take part in lunch with the professor of your choice as indicated in the application.  

  • Professor Haibo Dong, Dept. of Engineering: Dr. Dong’s research interests include fluid mechanics, bio-inspired systems, and morphing structures. Recently, Professor Dong recently studied the application of fluid dynamics concepts to snoring and sleep apnea, in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation. He works in the Engineering School’s Link Lab, which connects engineers from a variety of disciplines in order to solve technological challenges. (The luncheon with Professor Haibo Dong will be on the 1st of November)

  • Professor Erin Clabough, Dept of Psychology: Dr. Clabough is a neurobiologist, author, and associate professor. Her recently published book Second Nature applies principles of neuroscience to child development. In addition to her work in several peer-reviewed journals, she also writes for popular media such as Psychology Today, TODAY Parenting, and other publications. Her research focuses on developmental brain function and she holds a PhD in neuroscience from UVa! (The luncheon with Professor Erin Clabough will be on the 15th of November)

Please feel free to email with any questions!  

Research Abroad Panel 

Monday, November 4th at 5:30 in the 1515 Studio

Interested in conducting research in another country, but not sure how to go about it? 

Come to the Conducting Research Abroad Panel to learn more. Find out how other undergraduate and graduate students have done research in countries like South Africa, Italy, Rwanda, and China in the following fields

  • Journalism
  • Civil Engineering
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Public Health
  • Medicine.

Find out how to create a research question, apply for grants, and even publish your work, all while being funded to explore another country!

Email (Samuel Wilson) to learn more

Women in Research Panel 

Week of November 20th: 5-6:30pm

Look out for this event coming soon! Join us to speak with faculty women researchers who have made strides in their chosen research areas to talk about their experiences as women and as members of academia. More information will be provided the first week of November. 


URN Travel Grants

Interested in receiving up to $300 to attend and present your research at an upcoming conference? Apply for the URN travel grant for a conference that takes place before February 1, 2019! Apply online at for more application details. Deadline to apply is November 15, 2019

Network for Undergraduate Research in Virginia Conference

The Network for Undergraduate Research in Virginia (NURVa) is a consortium of Virginia colleges and universities dedicated to supporting undergraduate research and creative activity throughout the state.

The NURVa conference is an opportunity for undergraduates in all disciplines to present their research and creative work at a statewide conference. The inaugural conference will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Hampden-Sydney College in HampdenSydney, VA. Faculty mentors are encouraged to attend. Conference registration, which includes lunch, is $15.

NURVa invites submissions from undergraduates in all disciplines in the categories of oral presentation, poster, or performance. Submit abstracts (750 words maximum) with one letter of support from a faculty mentor at Submission deadline is midnight, November 1, 2019.

Any questions, contact Dr. David A. Salomon,

Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference 

Are you involved research and looking for an opportunity to showcase your skills? Do you want to learn more from professionals in your discipline? Would you like the opportunity to meet students from across the United States in varying STEM fields? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should apply to the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference at Virginia Tech. This conference is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to come together with professionals from varying scientific fields and share their passion for research. Our team created this conference because we believe in encouraging the collaboration of knowledge in order to facilitate advancement within areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

The Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference is a two day event, March 28-29th, which will include panel sessions, student oral and poster presentations, and catered meals. You can also look forward to hearing from two phenomenal keynote speakers. Dr. Anthony Leggett is a physics professor at the University of Illinois, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2003. Dr. Arnold Caplan is director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University and is known as a pioneer in mesenchymal stem cell research.  

The application to participate in the conference is due on December 31st and can be found through the link For more information, please visit our facebook page “STEM Research Conference Commission” or email us at