Volunteering & Mentorship

Volunteering

Call for Abstract Reviewers
The Undergraduate Research Symposium Planning Committee invites you to serve as a reviewer of abstracts for the Seventh Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, May 18 in the EMU. 

To honor the original research and creative work of our students, the Undergraduate Research Symposium strives to frame the experience and environment of an academic conference, and the role of the Abstract Review Committee plays an integral part in this endeavor. 

The 2017 Symposium anticipates exceeding last year’s record number of 240 presenters. Hence we are seeking 15 to 17 abstract reviewers. The Symposium Planning Committee performs an initial screening of the abstracts for minimum qualifications, and will only advance for review those abstracts that have been accepted to the Symposium. Members of the Abstract Review Committee will evaluate the abstracts for substantive and copyediting changes, which the committee will communicate to the abstract authors. The Symposium Planning Committee will include the final edited abstracts in the official program and distribute them to the panel moderators. 

Each abstract reviewer will receive approximately 15 abstracts contingent upon the total number of submissions received. The Symposium Planning Committee estimates that the time commitment will comprise approximately three to four hours, and will not require the abstract reviewers to meet in the interest of minding their time. Depending on the pool of abstracts submitted, the Symposium Planning Committee will allocate abstracts within areas of expertise as feasible. However, it is likely that reviewers will receive some abstracts from outside their field. Finally, abstracts will include a range of presentation formats, from oral and poster presentations to creative work installations, film screenings, and performance art. 

The abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 10 and abstract reviewers will receive their set of abstracts by Thursday, March 16. Reviewers will have through Wednesday, March 29 to complete their evaluation of the abstracts. 

Reviewers will receive the abstracts digitally and review/edit them within the UO’s Office 365 on-line system. Full instructions will accompany a separate letter to abstract reviewers. 

If you wish to accept our invitation to serve as an abstract reviewer please complete the brief survey linked below by Sunday, March 12 at 11:59pm.

2017 Undergraduate Symposium Abstract Reviewer Survey

Abstract Reviewers will be our guests at the catered reception from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the EMU Ballroom on the day of the Symposium!


Call for Volunteers
The Undergraduate Research Symposium Planning Committee invites you to serve as a volunteer for the Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, May 18 in the EMU.
To honor the original research and creative work of our students, the Undergraduate Symposium strives to frame the environment of an academic conference, and the role of the volunteer plays an integral part in this endeavor.

The 2017 Symposium anticipates exceeding last year’s record 240 presenters distributed across 16 oral presentation panels, 97 posters, and several creative work installations and performance art events.

Volunteers are welcomed to sign-up for one or more one-hour shifts between 8:00am and 8:00pm on the day of the Symposium. 

Volunteers will perform the following responsibilities:

  • staffing the registration desk and assisting with check-in
  • assisting with the installation of posters and creative work exhibits
  • ushering presenters, faculty mentors, and guests to presentation locations/rooms
  • assisting with venue set-up and take-down
  • offer general support and reassurance to students who are likely presenting their research in a public form for the first time
  • assist Symposium staff, oral panel moderators, and faculty judges as needed

If you wish to accept our invitation to serve as a volunteer please complete the brief survey linked below by Thursday, May 11 at 5:00pm.

2017 Undergraduate Symposium Volunteer Survey

Volunteers will be our guests at the catered reception from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the EMU Ballroom on the day of the Symposium and receive a Symposium T-Shirt!


Call for Moderators
The Undergraduate Symposium Planning Committee invites you to serve as a moderator for an oral presentation panel comprising four to five student presenters at the Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, May 18 in the EMU.

To honor the original research and creative work of our students, the Undergraduate Research Symposium strives to frame the environment of an academic conference, and the role of the moderator plays an integral part in this endeavor.

The 2017 Symposium anticipates exceeding last year’s record 240 presenters distributed across 16 oral presentation panels, 97 posters, and several creative work installations and performance art events. Concurrent Oral Panel Sessions are scheduled for 10:00am-11:30am; 12:00pm-1:30pm; and 1:45pm to 3:15pm.  Each panelist receives 15 minutes to deliver their presentation and address questions from the audience immediately following their presentation.  Panelists are encouraged to prepare a presentation approximately 10 to 12 minutes in duration to allow for 5 to 3 minutes of questions.  The panels will also reserve 15 to 30 minutes after the final presentation to allow for general discussion and questions contingent on the number of panelists.  Students submit abstracts with their applications that the Faculty Review Committee evaluates and advances to the Symposium.  The Symposium does not collect full papers from the presenters.

Hence, oral panel moderators will assume the role of a “chair” rather than a “discussant,” and will not be expected to read the presenters’ papers in advance and offer commentary or critique of their work.    Moderators will receive the abstracts and presenters’ contact information in advance, and are welcome to reach out to presenters.  Moderators will perform the following responsibilities:

  • introduce the panel title and the name and presentation title of each panelist
  • record attendance
  • keep time and guide flow of panel
  • manage audience professionalism and conference etiquette
  • facilitate questions and discussion between audience and panelists
  • offer general support and reassurance to students who are likely presenting their research in a public form for the first time

If you wish to accept our invitation to serve as a moderator please complete the brief survey linked below by Friday, May 5 at 5:00pm.  You may indicate your time preference on the survey.

2017 Undergraduate Symposium Moderator Survey

Moderators will be our guests at the catered reception from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the EMU Ballroom on the day of the Symposium!

Mentorship

A key component of high-quality undergraduate research and creative scholarship is faculty mentorship. Students rely on faculty mentors to teach them the skills necessary to conduct research in their discipline as well as demonstrate what it means to be a scholar in their field. The majority of the projects being presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium benefited greatly from the mentorship of UO faculty members, and the cumulative results of these relationships are clearly visible at the event.

Through mentorship, faculty members are able to inspire and train future generations of researchers and foster a community of scholars at the University. If you are interested in incorporating undergraduate students into your research please email us at ugresearch@uoregon.edu. For more information about engaging students in research and mentoring undergraduates, visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program website

If you are an undergraduate student looking to find a faculty mentor to support you in your research or creative project, please contact us at ugresearch@uoregon.edu