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Info Sessions, Advising, 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.

Fall 2022 OUR Info Sessions

Online info sessions run weekly from Aug. 29 to Dec 5.

Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

In order to receive the Zoom information, you will need to register.

In addition, in-person info sessions will also be scheduled later in the semester.

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

Advising

If you are unable to attend an info session and would like to meet with an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research to learn about the process for finding an undergraduate research opportunity, please use the schedule below to view available times and book an appointment.

Types of advising

  • Individual advising – Learn about the benefits of research, what undergrad research looks like at UT, and ways of connecting with faculty mentors.
  • Connecting with mentors – For students who have already attended individual advising or an info session, or at the stage of needing additional help connecting with mentors.
  • Poster design help – Get feedback and guidance on research poster design.
  • Other research topics – Speak with an advisor about other research topics (funding, conferences, publications, unexpected challenges, etc.)

We are using a new scheduling system. If you do not see an appointment for a time when you are available, you may contact the OUR office in order to schedule an appointment to fit both your and our advisors’ schedules.

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An undergraduate research advisor can also help you to

  • narrow down your research focus
  • finalize your list of professors to contact
  • fine-tune your outreach email to professors
  • give you tips on how to communicate your research interests to professors
  • find funding sources such as scholarships and grants for your research
  • recommend where to present or publish your work
  • find a summer program for research
  • know your options for course credit

Advisors are also available to support students who have already attempted to get involved with undergraduate research but have faced challenges in doing so. Learn more about our research placement advising here.

Virtual Workshops

Please register for workshops in advance.

Applying for research funding
Many sources of research funding, including the 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. This workshop will take place on Zoom Thursday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.

Attending an academic conference
This workshop helps students strategically approach attending an academic conference. 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.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m. on Zoom

Poster design workshop
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.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. on Zoom

All of our Zoom workshops are recorded and put onto the OUR Canvas page after the workshop ends.

FIG mentor resources

Are you a FIG mentor looking to connect your students with resources on undergraduate research? Request a visit to your FIG and learn about other resources we can share.