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The goal of the University Committee on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) is to promote scholarly and creative activity in all disciplines at the undergraduate level, enhancing critical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity and written communication. In order to achieve this goal, this committee:
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  • Provides funds to support Fellowships that cover a summer stipend and modest supplies.
  • Oversees volunteer internships within the university.
  • Serves as a source of information for students interested in extramural undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity programs.
 
Program Description
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Exposure of undergraduates to basic research, scholarly, and creative activities serves several purposes. First, it provides a strong teaching tool through "hands-on" experience and provides the means to develop critical thinking. In other words, these activities allow students to move beyond the mere repetition of printed information into a new level in which they learn how this information is discovered and disseminated. These ideas have recently been addressed in a report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching entitled "Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities" and have been echoed by the administration at the University of South Alabama with the creation of UCUR in 1998.

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Funding for the UCUR Summer Undergraduate Research Program
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Funding for this Program has been provided by:
 
 
 

Opportunity for University of South Alabama Undergraduates Only

UCUR Summer Undergraduate Research Program: UCUR provides a limited number of Summer Research Fellowships designed for rising University of South Alabama Junior or Senior students. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. This program is designed to encourage students to become involved in scholarly and creative activity in their major discipline. This multi-disciplinary program runs for 10 weeks during the summer and is conducted every year. Undergraduate students from USA in all disciplines are encouraged to apply by submitting a formal application.

Opportunities for Undergraduates from University of South Alabama and Other Institutions

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  • UCUR Volunteer Program: The UCUR program oversees volunteer internships. This program is primarily for rising sophmores and is designed to provide them with initial hands-on experience in their discipline. An application for this program is available here. Applications must be typed and submitted electronically, letters must be submitted with the application.
  • NSF-REU Structure and Function of Proteins:  This interdisciplinary program provides the opportunity for undergraduates to conduct research focused on the assembly, structure, regulation, and function of proteins.  It runs for 12 weeks during the summer and involves faculty from Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, and Pharmacology.  Applications for the program are available online.
  • Center for Lung Biology Undergraduate Research Program:  This program offers summer traineeships for undergraduates interested in a career in biomedical research.  Students will gain experience in state of the art research methods during the 10 week program, interacting with other trainees and faculty from the Center for Lung Biology.  Applications for the program are available online. 
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab Research Experience for Undergraduates: This program provides students interested in pursuing careers or graduate studies in marine science with basic lab and field experience during a 12 week summer term. Apply online.
 
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University of South Alabama- Mobile, AL 36688-0002 / (251) 460-6101
For questions or comments Contact Us
Last date changed: January 23, 2014
URL: http://www.southalabama.edu/ucur/program.html
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