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Undergraduate Research Network Newsletter

Monday, April 19, 2021

UVa’s interdisciplinary research committee


Upcoming Events

Day in the Life talks:

The Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is hosting two webinar talks via Zoom next week. 

1. A Day in the Life of a Green Chemical Engineer by Katelyn Shell on April 19th at 6 – 7 PM ET. Katelyn is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Chemical & Life Science Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She received B.S. degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from VCU. This event is being hosted in accordance with Chemists Celebrate Earth Week. Registration:  

2. A Day in the Life of a Chemist Turned Entrepreneur by Niki Milanovic Lowry on April 22nd at 6 – 7 PM ET. Niki is the Founder of ChemCove Consulting which is located in the Richmond area. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University. Registration: 

 They will share their insights for the first 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the audience. Both events will be co-hosted by Julian Bobb ([email protected]) feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Hope to see you there! 


The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Global Medieval & Renaissance Studies (JGMRS) is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue:

The Journal is published in affiliation with the Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania and aims to promote student scholarship on topics relating to our world from the 3rd through 17th centuries CE.  

JGMRS will review submissions on a rolling basis through Wednesday, May 14. 

Papers must be at least twelve pages double-spaced (with 1-inch margins) in Times New Roman font and include a bibliography with footnotes. We request that you submit your paper in Word document format to facilitate the editing process. Please direct all submissions and any questions to [email protected]



Hiring 4 Policy and Sustainability Research Interns with Virginia Community Science Interface (V-SCI). Researchers will partner with V-SCI for a 10 week paid internship ($5000). There are more details about the internship and what we are looking for in a researcher on the job ad via Handshake ( ), which closes May 16.



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: 



The University of Chicago is now accepting applications for our Discover UChicago program, our annual diversity visit weekend scheduled for October 17-19, 2021. This program is intended for individuals from diverse backgrounds who are planning to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2021 with the intention of matriculating in the fall of 2022. This exciting event combines workshops on applying to graduate school, individual meetings with faculty and UChicago students, and opportunities to explore our community and the city of Chicago.

Students interested in doctoral programs, as well as master’s programs in the majority of our schools and divisions, are encouraged to apply online by August 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Students from underrepresented backgrounds, first generation students, women in STEM fields, and undocumented students are especially encouraged to apply.




URN Events

URNTalks is a biweekly student-run discussion club where students voluntarily present their own research or interesting published research. Attendees are able to ask questions, discuss the research with others, and learn about new scientific developments!

Our second to last URNTalks meeting for this spring semester is this Wednesday (4/21) at 7:30pm. We have Neha Shah coming to speak about her research and are raffling off $25 gift cards for Charlottesville restaurants of your choice to three lucky attendees!!


The zoom information for Monday’s meeting can be found below: 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 645 269 0141