Chair: Jake Hitchcock
The Outreach Committee’s main goal is to publicize and carry out the mission of the Undergraduate Research Network to all respective schools and disciplines. The committee is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing many of the activities for UVA’s annual Research Week. In the past, some of these activities have included workshops, URN’s annual research symposium, fireside chats with faculty and much more. In the future we hope to expand URN’s scope to all fields of study and better inform the study body of our organization’s happenings through the use of the weekly newsletter and social media accounts.
Officers: Meg Hua, Lynn Kha, Jordan Bridges, Naini Shiswala, Elizabeth Beverly, Jacob McLaughlin, Vaishnavi Madhaven, Tania Rodriguez
The mission of the Research & Scholarship committee is to provide programming to the undergraduate community covering how to get involved in research across grounds and how to find funding for that research. We aim to target research opportunities in all fields, from the sciences to the arts and humanities. Events include educational information sessions along with formal and informal networking events. Our main events occur during Research & Scholarship Week, a week aimed at providing information and opportunities to students as they start a new year, with the largest event being a Research Fair for professors to advertise open positions in their labs.
This semester we are working on multiple initiatives that include increased first-year outreach, creating a Scholarship Database for greater grant and scholarship accessibility, running Fireside Chat professor talks and study breaks, and continuing to plan for the Research Fair and R&S week.
Officers: Nikki Aaron, Pranay Bonagiri, Sam Kesting, Irene Lee, Grace Patrice Anyetei-Anum, Hannah Repke, Caroline Bereuter, Warren Wheaton, Cassidy Kelly
The purpose of the Symposium Committee is to plan and organize the Annual Undergraduate Research Network Symposium. Each year, we bring together students from a diverse range of disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences to showcase their work and present to distinguished faculty members and professors. This past year, we have completely transformed the event in terms of format, scale, and success. We are continuing to expand the symposium, and this year, we are partnering with the Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) to incorporate CUE grant winners as participants. In the future, we want to continue our progress in making the Annual URN Symposium an event that truly represents the breadth of research being conducted at UVa.
Officers: Saehee Jung, Anthara Gnanakumar, Aarti Purohit, Cynthia Ong, Rupa Nallamothu, Kyle Mantez, Chat Kamen
Technology and Advising
The Tech and Advising Committee is a multifaceted group that is committed to helping students get involved with research. The two main roles of the committee are the expansion of the UNLEASH program (a new system aimed to help students become involved with research) and the design, construction, and maintenance of the URN website.
Officers: Christopher Yeung, Atisha Amin, Monika Grabowska, Barat Venkataramany, Parth Patel, Carolina Gomez-Grimaldi, Philip Schroeder
The Workshops Committee designs and implements programs to equip students with skills and resources for the world of research. Ranging from career-planning workshops to practical guidance on writing grants and interactions with primary literature, we seek to improve the quality of presentation and involvement in scholarly inquiry at the University. Workshops also seeks to increase awareness for department organized lectures, workshops, and events through the publication of a weekly email newsletter. Eventually, we hope that departments will look to publicize their events in our newsletter. We also hope to offer small travel grants for UVA undergraduate students who hope to attend a workshop or conference outside of the UVA community. The longterm goal of the workshops committee is to expand our focus beyond URN-sponsored events to help students utilize resources offered by UVA, the Charlottesville community, Virginia as a whole, and other research universities.
Officers: Mitchell Gillin, Samuel Mogen, Mary Collins, Jonathan Zheng
The Oculus is UVA’s only multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal, We accept content from any field, as long as it is original research. The Oculus is run by its Editorial Board, a committee of 15-20 students who read multiple dynamic and exciting papers every week. These papers are at the forefront of research on Grounds, and represent the best of the new knowledge that is coming to light through the work of undergraduates at UVA. Each one of these submitted papers goes through multiple rounds of eliminations, being read by multiple groups of editors from various disciplines and backgrounds. The Editorial Board then decides which of these papers are of the highest quality, edits them for clarity and conciseness, and compiles these into an annual publication. Once the design has been finalized, this publication is made available before finals begin. We have many great submissions this semester, and our Spring 2017 edition is on track to be a great journal.
Editorial Staff: Conner Pike, Benjamin Winter, Kelvin Li, Riya Simon, Rachel Dick, Tsering Say, Alexander Mink, Tarun Ganesh, Kara Anderson, Rohit Musti, Abigail Johnson, Leanne Shen, Asad Khan, Elizabeth Feeser, Grant Guan, Daniel Ajootian