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Info Sessions and Workshops

In weekly information sessions, undergraduate research advisors answer questions and talk about strategies for getting involved in undergraduate research at UT. Info sessions are open to students from all disciplines and majors.

Can’t make an info session? Check out our ‘Getting into research’ videos to get started on your path towards undergraduate research!

Fall 2020 OUR Info Sessions

Schedule TBA

Fall 2020 OUR Virtual Workshops

All fall 2020 workshops will be via Zoom on Thursdays at 11 a.m., CST, a few times a month. Please see the schedule below for the tentative dates.

Developing ideas for independent research (Sept. 3)
This workshop focuses on the drawbacks and advantages of different models for conducting independent research (expanding a course project; partnering with a faculty mentor; writing a thesis); sources of funding for independent research; and the iterative process of refining your ideas to arrive at a research topic of appropriate scope.

Applying for research funding (Sept. 10)
Many sources of research funding — including UT’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship — require a detailed proposal and budget. Find out more about the URF application process, as well as general tips for applying to other sources of funding.

Improving your presentation skills (Oct. 15)
In this workshop, we discuss the structure of an academic presentation; the narrative and framing devices that are best suited to academic versus general audiences; public speaking tips; and ways you can distill your talk into a concise summary.

Poster workshop (Oct. 22)
Research posters are a key method of communicating research in the sciences, so we invite you to learn about creating and presenting research posters at our poster design workshop. We’ll discuss the organization and goals of poster sessions; design principles that will help you present key information on a poster in a visually appealing way; and strategies for discussing your work with poster session attendees. All students will be given access to a poster design template via Canvas.

Attending an academic conference (Oct. 29)
This workshop helps students strategically approach attending an academic conference, whether virtual or in person. We’ll orient students to how conferences are set up; how to get the most out of the sessions they attend; how to network with peers and with established scholars; and how to prepare for their own presentation without losing sight of the other benefits of attending a conference.

Academic publishing for student researchers (Nov. 5)
Before you become involved in writing up research findings for publication, get an overview of how academic publishing works. We’ll discuss the options that student researchers can consider for submitting their work for publication, and we’ll orient you to the submission and revision process.

Establishing yourself as a researcher (Nov. 12)
When it comes to career planning for the long term as a researcher, it’s important to have a coherent profile—a common thread running throughout your work, and an online presence establishing your expertise on your topic. We’ll discuss ways you can fine-tune your ideas into an agenda you can pursue in graduate school, online venues for establishing your footprint as an up-and-coming researcher (e.g. digital repositories, blogs, Twitter, Academia.edu, Researchgate, Google Scholar) and more general advice for taking ownership of your expertise.