Research Week 2018

Undergraduate Research Week 2018

Featured Event:

Research 101: Entering the World of Research

Wednesday, November 28, 4:00-5:30pm
Lamont Libary, Forum Room

This is a CAN'T MISS EVENT for first-year students considering a research experience and others who have not yet had an opportunity to do research!!

The program includes guidance on how to develop a research proposal from an idea, how to navigate the various funding resources for research available to undergraduates, how to build critical connections with faculty mentors, how to write a research proposal, and the opportunity to speak with concentration specialists about your interests. 

During the last week of November, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships will be hosting Undergraduate Research Week! This week of programs and info sessions is the unofficial kick-off to the summer programs application cycle, so many of our events will feature presentations on finding research opportunities and putting together successful applications. 

Want to hear from a peer about how to get involved in reserach? Check out our Research Ambassadors listed below!

If you have additional questions or can't make an info session, URAF holds drop-in hours from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday during the academic year. For more information, you can reach out to us at undergradresearch@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-5095.

URAF @ ANNENBERG: ADVISING CORNER
Monday, November 26, 12:00-2:00pm
Annenberg Hall

URAF will be at Annenberg Hall during lunch hours to connect with first-year students about research opportunities for all concentrations!

INFO SESSION: HARVARD-AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
Tuesday, November 27, 4:00-5:00pm
Harvard Hall, Room 102

Learn about Harvard’s Amgen 10-week intensive summer research program, one of 13 Amgen U.S. programs that support research in biotechnology. The Harvard program includes faculty projects in FAS science departments, SEAS, the Wyss Institute for Biologically-inspired Engineering, and the School of Medicine, open to rising juniors and seniors in biotechnology-related fields.

INFO SESSION: MELLON MAYS UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (MMUF)
Tuesday, November 27, 5:00-6:00pm
Harvard Hall, Room 102

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) selects ten students in their sophomore year to join a tightly-knit research community during junior and senior years to conduct independent research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Join us at this information session to find out more about the program. MMUF exists to counter the underrepresentation of minority groups on college and university faculties nationwide through activities designed to encourage the pursuit of the Ph.D. in the humanities and social sciences.

HOUSE MEETINGS ON SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Tuesday, November 27, 7:00-8:30pm
Cabot House, Senior Common Room (A-Entry)

Harvard College’s annual House Meetings explore Harvard, domestic, and international research opportunities, including how and where to find program information; Harvard programs such as PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, SHARP, SURGH, PCER, Herchel Smith, HCRP, and regional center programs; how to prepare for the application process; identifying and approaching potential recommenders; and how research projects are funded.

ENTERING THE WORLD OF RESEARCH ("RESEARCH 101")
Wednesday, November 28, 4:00-5:30pm
Forum Room, Lamont Library

This 1 1/2-hour overview is intended for first-year students and any undergraduate upperclassmen who have not yet had a research experience at Harvard.  The program includes guidance on how to develop a research proposal from an idea, how to navigate the various funding resources for research available to undergraduates, how to build critical connections with faculty mentors, how to write a research proposal, and the opportunity to speak with concentration specialists about your interests.  THIS IS A “DON’T MISS” EVENT FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS CONSIDERING A RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND OTHERS WHO HAVE NOT YET HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO RESEARCH!!

HOUSE MEETINGS ON SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Wednesday, November 28, 7:00-8:30pm

Quincy House, Bullitt Room

Harvard College’s annual House Meetings explore Harvard, domestic, and international research opportunities, including how and where to find program information; Harvard programs such as PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, SHARP, SURGH, PCER, Herchel Smith, HCRP, and regional center programs; how to prepare for the application process; identifying and approaching potential recommenders; and how research projects are funded.

 

Good First Impressions: Demystifying Conversations with Faculty
Thursday, November 29, 4:00-5:00pm
Sever Hall, Room 102

Inspired and led by URAF's Research Ambassadors, this new Research Week event invites students to hear about how to start conversations with faculty about research, what to expect from first-time research experiences, and how students might prepare for first meetings with a potential research advisor from faculty members themselves! This panel also offers undergraduates the opportunity to ask faculty members (representing all disciplines) practical research-related questions like securing letters of recommendation or beginning an advising relationship.

HUMAN SUBJECTS TRAINING-FALL TERM SEMINAR
Thursday, November 29, 5:00-6:30pm
Smith Campus Center, 6th Floor, Room 630A (Monks Room)

Mandatory training for students planning to conduct research involving human subjects in the spring and summer, hosted by the Office of the FAS Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research. (Please note: if you already have taken human subjects training as an undergraduate (either through the CUHS seminar or CITI training), you do not have to repeat the seminar before submitting a human subjects protocol.)

For more training dates, please visit https://cuhs.harvard.edu/news/undergraduate-research-ethics-training.

INFO SESSION: INTRODUCTION TO HARVARD RESIDENTIAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS
Thursday, November 29, 7:00-8:00pm
Sever Hall, Room 102

The Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village consists of the PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, SHARP, and SURGH research programs. These 10-week residential research programs provide students with the opportunity to conduct full-time research at Harvard while living in a community of other student researchers. Learn more about the application process, community expectations, and program benefits!

 

THE ANNUAL OCS SUMMER FUNDING AND PROGRAMMING FAIR
Friday, December 7, 1:00-4:00pm
The SOCH (59 Shepard Street)

The Office of Career Services hosts over 80 summer programs to help you begin your summer search. Programs are both Harvard affiliated and public or private sector and include internships, public service, funding, travel, and research. URAF staff will be there to answer your questions! Check out: https://ocs.fas.harvard.edu/summeropps

From finding a research project to approaching faculty mentors, from identifying funding opportunites to putting together a successful application—navigating the world of research at Harvard can be overwhelming. URAF's Research Ambassadors are available to help students—particularly first-year students, first-generation students, or students from underserved backgrounds—explore the wealth of opportunities and resources available to them! 

The Research Ambassadors will be present at the events throughout Research Week. They also encourage interested students to contact them with any questions. Learn more about our Research Ambassadors in the next tabs!

Ana Karla Cepeda DiazAna Karla Cepeda Diaz

anakarlacepedadiaz@college.harvard.edu
Class of 2019 | Currier House
Molecular and Cellular Biology
 
Ana Karla (she/her/hers) is a senior in Currier House studying Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her current research focuses on the basic biology of Adeno Associated Virus, a gene therapy vector. She has a strong interest in history of science and the intersections between basic science and social justice.

 

Chinaza OchiChinaza Ochi

mochi@college.harvard.edu
Class of 2019 | Leverett House
Neurobiology (Mind, Brain and Behavior), secondary in Folklore and Mythology

Chinaza Ochi (she/her/hers) is a senior living in Leverett House studying Neurobiology: Mind, Brain and Behavior with a secondary in Folklore and Mythology. She is also a pre-medical student currently applying to medical school. She works in the Nelson Lab, which investigates different aspects of infant/child development and health, including typical and atypical development. The aim of her personal research is to use the EEG to explore whether there’s a difference in the VEP trajectory across children with TSC and typically developing children in relation to autism spectrum disorder. Her hobbies include creative writing, listening to music, hanging with friends, watching movies and shows and overall having a great time with great people. She is excited to converse with you about research! Please feel free to reach out to her whenever.

 

Ozichi OsuohaOzichi Osuoha

oosuoha@college.harvard.edu
Class of 2019 | Leverett House
Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy

Ozichi Osuoha (she/her/hers), who also goes by Ozi, is a senior in Leverett House. She is concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Currently, she is conducting independent research in the Galloway Lab in the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Massachusetts General Hospital. She is looking to identify pathways that function in connective tissue attachment maintenance and healing in zebrafish. Ozi's URAF experiences include being a recipient of funds from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) during the fall of 2017 and being a fellow in the Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) this past summer. Her previous research experiences include a research assistantship in the Social Networks in Neurology Lab in Brigham and Women's Hospital and an internship with the Africa Academy for Public Health in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which she obtained through the International Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health program (I-SURGH).

 

Mai-Linh TonMai-Linh Ton

mailinhton@college.harvard.edu
Class of 2019 | Kirkland House
Human Development and Regenerative Biology (HDRB) and Visual and Environmental Studies (VES)

Mai-Linh Ton (she/her/hers) is a senior in Kirkland House joint concentrating in Human Development and Regenerative Biology (HDRB) and Visual and Environmental Studies (VES). She studies a rare genetic neurodegenerative movement disorder called X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism! She enjoys painting, baking, and animation (for her thesis, and for fun!) and she is particularly interested in issues relating to students from first-generation, low-income, or underserved backgrounds.

 

Brian WarnerBrian Warner

brian_warner@college.harvard.edu
Class of 2020 | Mather House
Physics and Mathematics

Brian Warner (she/her/hers), class of 2020, is a concentrator in Physics and Mathematics at Mather house. She currently serves as co-president of Gender Inclusivity In Mathematics. She is interested in theoretical physics (particularly high energy) and the mathematical formalizations of methods in theoretical physics. She is currently researching superradiance in the Yelin group at Harvard, and has had experience with PRISE, HCRP, Herchel Smith, MMUF, and Goldwater applications. She loves teaching, playing IM soccer, and advising - come talk to her!