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  • Raise awareness of the value of undergraduate research
  • Encourage undergraduates to embrace a desire to engage in research and creative projects
  • Promote synergistic & interdisciplinary pursuits
  • Recognize the role of research centers and research support entities across campus
  • Showcase undergraduate research, experiential learning, and creative works on Miami's campus and beyond. 

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ORU Newsletter November 2022
Feb 24, 2023 Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program Application Deadline

Office of Research for Undergraduates facilitates the Undergraduate Summer Scholars Individual Faculty Mentorship Program for Miami University Sophomores and Juniors. By designed the USS program provides an individual student an opportunity for one-on-one interactions with a faculty mentor as a means of learning more about the intellectual processes of a discipline. A total of 105 USS Research Fellowships are available for summer 2023. Selected students must carry out the mentored research project during Summer Term dates (May 16 - Aug 4, 2023).

Read more in the USS 2023 Program Guidelines  Email to Request the USS 2023 Application as an [MS Word] document.

USS 2023 Program Updates

Teacher Scholar Grants Program (TSGP) is making supplemental funding (available in FY23, 24, and 25) to enable teacher-scholars to partner with undergraduate student collaborators. 

  • USS student fellowship will be increased by a 600$ supplement, bringing the amount to $3,200.
  • Faculty mentor may include a request for up to $600 for a combination of supply funding and faculty professional development. 

Miami's Western Center invites applicants to request consideration for one of five Western Center Social Impact and Justice Research (SIJR) USS fellowships.

The application must address how the research engages with issues of social impact and/or social justice, in the project description. Eligible research explores topics related, but not limited, to equity, diversity, ethics, socio-cultural change, environmentalism, community engagement, identity, inclusion/exclusion, dialogue, and/or utilizes participatory research methodologies such as action research and citizen science. These research projects can be proposed by students from any major or disciplinary perspective/s. Mark the checkbox on the USS application cover page 1 to request consideration.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

April 19, 2023 Undergraduate Research Forum In-Person

Miami University's UR 23 Forum celebration will be held in-person with students presenting a poster for either an individual or a group project. There will be one morning session and two afternoon sessions.

Presentation registration will be open online from Feb 1 - March 6, 2023. The online form will invite students to mark their available presentation times. Watch for further announcements at the start of spring classes. Students are encouraged browse URF22 Website to view presentation materials (i.e., project abstracts, author names, images) from previous projects. 

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Summer Scholars 2022 Stories

#MiamiCASstudent Series on 2022 Undergraduate Summer Scholars Students Stories by CAS Interns

Undergraduate takes on Antarctica to research microbials in frozen lakes
Eckhardt Karsten '24 (Microbiology and Environmental Science) jetted off to Antarctica last month to join a research team studying climate change’s impact on salinity and microbial communities:

Miami junior investigates economic truths behind popular consumer platforms
Mary Le ‘24, a junior double majoring in Mathematics and Statistics and Quantitative Economics. helped develop and refine a model to understand economic effects of popular consumer platforms including Airbnb, Amazon, and Uber.  Mary Le was a USS 2022 Summer Scholar Student.

Miami senior explores depictions of women in contemporary literature to highlight societal issues
Caroline Funk, a senior English major and 2022 Undergrad Summer Scholar, is exploring depictions of women in contemporary literature to highlight societal issues and creating her own original short story collection:

Undergraduate senior researches the perspectives of psychology and philosophy to analyze the concept of self-governance Sofia Rakic ‘23 combines perspectives of multiple disciplines to explore ideas regarding personal identity and self-agency.