CSS Celebration at the McCormick Observatory

Due to the graciousness of Professor Ed Murphy and the Dept of Astronomy, we will have our annual CSS celebration at McCormick Observatory on Wednesday, April 24th, 8-10pm.

We are having "build your own ice cream sundaes" again, which was wildly popular last year.

Please go to the CSS Research! Collab site under Tests and Quizzes, for the "quiz" named "RSVP End of Year Party -- McCormick Observatory -- April 24th, 2013" to let us know if you can attend, and what toppings you'd like me to get. (Please tell me there, and not in a reply to email, here).

Please invite your research mentor to join us!

Posted on Tue, 9 Apr 2013


Research Grants and Opportunities 101

Want to know more about grants and scholarships? The Undergraduate Research Network presents… Research Grants and Opportunities 101
  • Tuesday, April 9 at 5PM
  • Clark 101
  • All Majors and Years are Invited!

Whether it's your first semester or your last, all are welcome and highly encouraged to attend for valuable information. Come learn about funding for students with a variety of backgrounds and experiences!

Featured Speaker: Brian Cullaty, Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities at the Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Attendees will have a chance to speak with Mr. Cullaty, who is involved in the Jefferson Public Citizens program and reviews many applications such as the Harrison Award.

Come hear fellow students present some of the BEST undergraduate research at UVA at the:

Undergraduate Research Network

Spring Research Symposium 2013

Wednesday, April 10th

Kaleidoscope Room of Newcomb Hall

Stop by to listen to a few presentations, and enjoy FREE Catered Lunch from Take-it-Away! 12-1pm

Humanities presentations: 9:30-12:00, Science presentations: 1:00-4:00

Full schedule of presentations at uvaurn.com

Show your support for undergraduate research!

Undergraduate Research Network

Research Advising Program (URN RAP)

Office hours are open to all students interested in learning more about getting involved in undergraduate research!

Tuesday, April 16th Advising by Brian Li 4-5pm
Thursday, April 18th Advising by Mikel Dermer 1-2pm
Friday, April 19th Advising by Venkat Iyer 11am-12pm
Friday, April 19th Advising by April Hyon 12-1pm
Tuesday, April 23rd Advising by Zach Amos 11am-12pm
Wednesday, April 24th Advising by John Lee 5-6pm
Thursday, April 25th Advising by Katy Jones 3-4pm
Friday, April 30th Advising by Andrew Lankenau 12:30-1:30pm

All office hours will be held in 200f in Clemons Library.

Please visit www.uvaurn.com for Advisor Profiles and more information about URN.

Posted on Tue, 9 Apr 2013


Siblings Both Science Scholars!

Third year, Joshua Pan and First year, Debbie Pan are both College Science Scholars this year! Joshua works with Professor Jim Demas in Chemistry, and Debbie works with Professor Anindya Dutta in Biochemistry.

"Being a part of the College Science Scholar Program has allowed me to feel personally connected with the scientific community here at UVa. Over this past year, I've gotten a chance to not only meet renowned professors and learn about their current research projects, I've also been able to join Professor Anindya Dutta's lab and gain invaluable experience working in a professional setting. I'm constantly impressed by the academic caliber of my peers in the CSS program and I know that within the span of our undergraduate years, we will all contribute to the persisting reputation of our university as a leading institution of scientific research." - Debbie Pan

"Over the course of last summer, I was involved with research that focused on using luminescent compounds to quantify the amount of lead in drinking water. I was able to map out a direct linear relationship between the concentration of lead in water with the luminescence that it emitted. These findings will soon be published in the Journal of Analytical Chemistry. [College Science Scholars] has allowed me and other young scientists like me to experience an unforgettable summer of research." - Joshua Pan

Posted on Sat, 30 Mar 2013


Spring 2013 Semester Funding Opportunities - Deadline December 20

You are now arranging for your spring 2013 semester, so we wanted you to be aware of these opportunities made possible by the Associate Dean for the Sciences (Dean's discretionary fund gift). NOTE: We are now asking for applications using a deadline. The deadline for applying to both award types is December 20th, 2012 All CSS students are eligible to apply for these awards

Spring semester research work stipend

The CSS student will be paid $10 per hour, for up to 10 hours per week, in Spring 2012 to work in a lab with a science professor in Arts and Sciences (*Note*: This opportunity is not available for work in UVa Health Sciences). During the same semester, you may *not* get paid for work for which you are already receiving transcript credit. To apply, the student must send Karen Schmidt an email message of application, including the supervising professor's name, the professor's department, the area in which the student will work (describe tasks as they are known or expected to be), and whether this would be new, or ongoing work with this professor. Professor must send Karen Schmidt an email indicating their approval of the student's application and specify that the work for this semester will be for pay, only, and the student will not be getting transcript credit. Preference will be given to students who have not already received CSS funding. Students should contact Student Financial Services to determine whether receiving this stipend will alter their financial support. Number of spring stipends potentially available: Up to 2. Likely funded amount: $900-$1200. Applications will be reviewed starting December 20th, 2012.

Research conference travel support award

Support is available for CSS students presenting or co-authoring research with their research mentor at a future research conference. To apply, student must email Karen Schmidt confirmation of an accepted abstract with an indication of the conference's location and date, verifying the student listed as a co-author, and a detailed budget of anticipated expenses related to the conference travel. Mentoring professor must send Karen Schmidt an email indicating approval of the student's application. Anticipated number of conference travel support awards for spring semester: Up to 3. Likely funded amount: Up to $750. Applications will be reviewed starting December 20th, 2012.

We invite you to apply for these two opportunities. Please send all inquiries and applications to Karen Schmidt, at kschmidt@virginia.edu.

Posted on Tue, 27 Nov 2012


Pizza Party - November 28 2012

Right after you return from eating all week during Thanksgiving break, we will gather on Wed, Nov 28th, from 5-6pm in 225 Gilmer, to eat Mellow Mushroom Pizza! This is a great time for you to meet with all fellow CSS students.

We need you to tell us if you are coming to join us. So, please go to our CSS Research! Collab site and answer the two questions under tests and quizzes:

"Pizza Party RSVP Nov 28th 2012 5-6pm"

Hope to see you there!

Karen, Howie, and Jim

Posted on Sun, 18 Nov 2012