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Undergraduate Research Network Newsletter

Monday, April 5, 2021

UVa’s interdisciplinary research committee


Upcoming Events

Numerade is offering flexible, remote and paid internship opportunities! They have one educational opportunity to develop STEM content for middle school and high school students. The outcomes of this internship will provide you with experience developing project and time management, teaching, and increase subject matter expertise. Please go sign up at this link and select “content creator.” For a Business Development/Marketing internship, apply for this role follow this link, In which you will learn the principles of content marketing, creative copywriting, and sales best practices.

On Friday, April 16th, the Chemistry Department at the University of Virginia will be hosting their annual ACS Undergraduate Poster Session via Zoom. The meeting will start at 5pm with opening remarks and recognition of each school’s outstanding student. This will be followed by a few instructions on how the poster session and break-out rooms will work. Poster presentations will be in breakout rooms with 4 speakers per room. Talks will be a total of 10 minutes (5 minutes for the talk and 5 for Q&A). The deadline for entering the poster session is 9am, Monday, April 12th. Send the following information to :

student’s name and school, student’s mentor’s name, title for the poster, discipline for which the research falls under (Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Physical) and abstract.  See for more details. 


The Science and Sustainability community at the UVA Career Center is hosting a UVA alumni virtual chat with Carey Jansen, an MD/PhD Student at Emory University, on Thursday, April 8 from 6-7pm. Students can access registration for the Zoom chat on the attached flyer along with a link through VAM (Virginia Alumni Mentoring) to learn more about Carey Jansen. Contact with any questions. 

The CARE (Cybersecurity in Application, Research and Education) Lab at Temple University is hosting the FIRST ever  Social Engineering (SE) Penetration Testing Competition COMPLETELY ONLINE this summer in light of the covid-19 pandemic!

Social engineering (SE) is a technique used by cybercriminals to psychologically manipulate individuals into disclosing sensitive information (passwords) and providing unauthorized access (downloading and executing malware files).  Penetration testers are tasked with simulating targeted attacks on a company’s system to determine any weaknesses in their environment.

It can be hard to practice pen tests on someone or an organization as it involves ethical and legal issues. The SE Pen Test Competition allows students to experience pen testing in a safe and ethical way.

Visit for more information on eligibility and deadlines! Applications are being accepted until April 15th.

2021 Department of Biology Schwager Summer Research Scholarships

Thanks to a generous gift from the estate of Robert Schwager, 2021 Summer Research Scholarships are available to support UVa Biology majors to conduct research in a Department of Biology laboratory on grounds at UVa, or at the Mountain Lake Biological Station under the direction of a Biology faculty research advisor. Award criteria are based on academic merit and demonstrated potential to successfully undertake the proposed research. Applicants must have declared a Biology major prior to the application deadline and must work in a Department of Biology laboratory or at the MLBS. We expect to award up to 8 Schwager Scholarships this summer. Each award will provide up to $5,000 as summer wages to support 10 weeks of research. Awards are contingent on undergraduates being allowed to work in person in Biology research labs or at the MLBS. Scholars are not required to enroll in BIOL 4920, Independent Research during the summer. Students currently pursuing independent research projects are eligible to apply, but students with no prior research experience are also encouraged to apply in order to initiate a research project that could be potentially continued during the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. Students interested in beginning a research project this summer should contact potential Biology faculty mentors, indicating the possibility of scholarship support. Scholarship recipients will submit a report at the end of the summer describing their research project. Previous Schwager Scholarship recipients are ineligible for continued support. Additional information on how to find a research mentor can be found here:

To apply, please submit a copy of your UVa advising transcript, a brief summary of your proposed research, not to exceed 2 pages, and a letter of endorsement from your prospective research mentor to Stephanie Ryan by 5PM Friday, April 9, 2021.

Darden School of Business - 2017 LEPE Conference

Darden School of Business, Research Assistant in Business in Society. The research assistant will report to the associate directors for research initiatives in IBiS to provide support for the research work of Darden faculty. Work may include locating and summarizing existing academic literature and policies, constructing data sets based on information collected online, and writing summaries of faculty research for business practitioners. Potential topics include public-private partnerships, impact investing, banking efficiency, business ethics and stakeholder engagement, economic opportunity and resilience, and other topics at the intersection of business and society.

Apply through Handshake: 

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2021 Summer Courses at Mountain Lake Biological Station

Offering undergraduate and graduate level field-intensive, researched-based courses taught by nationally recruited faculty. UVA Biology majors earn laboratory credits and fulfill area 3 requirements. Non-college students are welcome to apply.

Field Herpetology: Summer Session I: May 24-June 11

Field Biology of Fishes: Summer Session II: June 21-July 9

Stream Ecology: Summer Session III: July 19-August 6

Applications are accepted until the Friday prior to the first day of class. Applications for financial aid are reviewed beginning March 15.

Learn More and Apply: 

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Spring Contest Cycle: April 17 – July 17 of each year.

Summer Contest Cycle: July 18 – October 14 of each year.

Fall Contest Cycle: October 15 – January 15 of the following year.

Winter Contest Cycle: January 16 – April 16 of each year

Learn More and Apply:

The Foundations of Biomedical Data Science Seminar Series has several upcoming seminars through May, 2021.  Seminars are hosted on Fridays at 12pm EST and past seminars can be watched on the Foundations of Biomedical Data Science Youtube channel (  

On 3/26, Dr. Vince Calhoun will be presenting Brain-based Biomarkers – A Focus on the Heterogeneous: Enhancing Sensitivity to Brain Disorders and Change. For more information and to attend, go to  

URN Events

Join us on Wednesday (4/7) for URNTalks! Cameron and Jamie will be presenting their research and 3 gift cards will be raffled off. Join via or the following Meeting ID: 645 269 0141.