THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)
HBCU-UP Program, Tuskegee University
Richard Whittington, HBCU-UP Director of Undergraduate Research, Department of Biology
Amanda Williams, HBCU-UP Office of Undergraduate Research Program Manager
Participating in undergraduate research will expand your academic experience at Tuskegee University. Research is a process of careful inquiry leading to the discovery of new information. Although there are some differences in how research is conducted across disciplines, the basic principles are the same. The goal of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is to increase the number of students who are engaged in mentored, authentic research by providing exposure to research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields. The Office of Undergraduate Research is geared to exposing student to the abundant research opportunities the world has to offer. In addition, the OUR promotes discovery and creativity in all disciplines through faculty-student mentoring relationships and the integration of instruction with research, scholarship, and professional activities. Many companies, organizations, and academic institutions offer research programs for undergraduate and graduate student; however, the knowledge-base of many students does not include the existences of these positions. To effectively demonstrate what is involved in research and how to continue academic careers geared toward research, several workshops and seminars are held to allow student to visualize and comprehend key concepts to becoming a research professional. The OUR encourages students in all disciplines to explore research opportunities in all areas of science, technology, and medicine. If you have a question or would like to schedule an appointment, please email Dr. Richard Whittington at Whittingtonr@mytu.tuskegee.edu. Have questions about professional programs or research in a specific field? Become part of our Interdisciplinary Meeting of Professionals for the Awareness of Careers and Training of Undergraduate Students (IMPACTUS) program.
Any student who is working on a research project, whether funded or not, is considered part of the Undergraduate Research Program.
What is the Joint Annual Research Symposium (JARS)?
Tuskegee University is hosting the Fifth Joint Annual Research Symposium (JARS 2014) organized by the HBCU-UP Office of Undergraduate Research. Please check your schedule to see if you can visit us on Thursday and Friday, February 27th - 28th. The meeting will be held in the Kellogg Conference Center located Tuskegee University’s campus. The event has combined the 15th Annual HBCU-UP Research Symposium, 40th Annual Sigma Xi Symposium, and 4nd Annual Minority Access to Research and Careers Symposium into one multidisciplinary event. This meeting will feature research conducted by guest speakers from various institutions. In addition, JARS will feature projects completed by Tuskegee University undergraduate and graduate students majoring but not limited to Aerospace Engineering, Agriculture, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dentistry, Engineering, Integrative Biosciences, Mathematics, Material Science, Psychology, Physics, and Veterinary Medicine. The objectives of the conference are to help undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their science communication skills and to better understand how to prepare for science careers. Therefore, student will be given the opportunity to present their research in oral or poster format during the two days event. If you are interested, feel free to register for or contact Dr. Richard Whittington. Please make sure to check out JARS 2014 Guidelines before registering to be a presenter. Deadline abstract submission is Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Submit your abstract via email to whittingtonr@myTU.tuskegee.edu.
How can we help you?
If you are an undergraduate interested in hands-on learning, the OUR will work with you to find a internship opportunity in your future profession or research that fits your interests. If you are a healthcare professional or researcher and are interested in having an undergraduate work with you, the OUR will help to find a student that matches your interests and requirements. If you have had research experience in the past, approach a professor who specializes in your specific research area. This professor can assist you in developing your ideas into workable research projects. If the professor you chose is unable to work with you, that professor may direct you to another faculty member better suited for you interests. If you don’t have specific ideas or research experience but know you want to do research, approach a professor with whom you’ve had a positive experience. Perhaps you’ve had the professor for a class or worked with him or her on a activity in the past. Usually, students can find professors conducting research that is interesting to the student. The student can join the laboratory research group and assist on existing project, potentially developing a new project that is formed based upon ideas that the student creates. This type of experience can be gain throughout the fall and spring semesters; however, a lot of student are not exposed to research until they participate in an internship during the summer. There are many opportunities for internships during the summer but there are a few programs that occur during the fall and spring semesters. OUR will facilitate and coordinate mentorships between faculty and undergraduates, enabling our students to work closely with the talented faculty both here and abroad.
Undergraduate student (James Mungin) won first prize in student’s oral competition at the National 2012 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference. James was accepted to several research-based internships and chose to participate in the program that he found most interesting. Mr. Mungin spent 10 weeks conducting research that he presented at several scientific conferences.
The OUR provides venues for undergraduates to present and publish their research, such as the Joint Annual Research Symposium (JARS). JARS is a 2-day conference for students to give oral or poster presentations of their work. In addition, the OUR sponsors seminars for students to learn many of the skills necessary for becoming successful working professionals and/or researchers.
How can you learn more?
Check out the research opportunities list on our website! Please feel free to drop by phone, or e-mail the office. If you have questions or are interested in learning more, the OUR is located in room 201A of Armstrong Hall, Phone: (334) 724-4218, E-mail: whittingtonr@myTU.tuskegee.edu