Research Week 2019

Research Week 2019, December 2 - 6, 2019

Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

Undergradate Research Week: December 2 - 6, 2019

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. 

Featured Event:

Research 101: Entering the World of Research

Tuesday, December 3, 4:00-6:00pm
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

4:00-5:00pm: Presentation | 5:00-6:00pm: Break-out sessions with concentration specialists

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. 

Want to hear from a peer about starting in research?

Check out our Research Ambassadors listed below! Ambassadors will be at events throughout Research Week and at other times during the semester.
Read their profiles, and feel free to reach out to them at the emails listed below!

Miss an event or have questions? Come see us!

URAF holds DROP-IN HOURS at 77 Dunster Street from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, throughout the entire academic year! Advisers will be available to discuss opportunities and answer questions about the application process, program experiences, and more. 

You can also make an appointment by calling 617-495-5095 or emailing

Monday, December 2, 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!

Monday, December 2, 4:00-6:00pm
URAF, 77 Dunster Street

Join the URAF team at 77 Dunster Street to kick off Undergraduate Research Week! Meet our staff, learn more about our programs, and enjoy activities and refreshments!

Tuesday, December 3, 4:00-6:00pm
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

4:00-5:00pm: Presentation | 5:00-6:00pm: Break-out sesions with concentration specialists

This 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 “CAN'T MISS” EVENT FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS CONSIDERING A RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND OTHERS WHO HAVE NOT YET HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO RESEARCH!!

WiSTea — Hosted by the Women’s Center, Women In STEM Mentoring Program
Tuesday, December 3, 5:00-7:00pm

Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall

The Harvard College Women's Center will be concurrently hosting a community gathering for the Women in STEM Mentorship Program in Ticknor Lounge. Students interested in STEM, attending the Research 101 breakout sessions in Ticknor Lounge are welcome to also connect with other STEM students, faculty, and staff over tea and cookies in Ticknor Lounge. Come enjoy networking, learning about research opportunities, and a fall treat all in one place!  

Wednesday, December 4, 4:00-5:00pm
Sever Hall, Room 113

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!

Thursday, December 5, 3:30-4:30pm
Lowell House, Screening Room

Interested in getting into scientific research but worried about being the only Latinx in the room? Already the only Latinx your lab? Come to the LATINX IN RESEARCH panel, hosted by the URAF Research Ambassadors, to hear from current Latinx graduate students and post-docs about how they navigated their identities while pursuing research. Post-docs and Graduate students speaking are also looking to take on new undergrads,so take this opportunity to meet potential mentors! The panel will be held on Thuresday, December 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Lowell Screening Room. Food will be provided.


Thursday, December 5, 4:30-5:30pm
Sever Hall, Room 103

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.

Thursday, December 5, 5:30-6:30pm
Sever Hall, Room 103

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.

Friday, December 6, 1:00-4:00pm
The SOCH (59 Shepard Street)

The Office of Career Services (OCS) 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 the OCS website for more information.

Karina AscunceKarina Ascunce, Class of 2022, Winthrop House
Concentration: Chemistry
Research Interets: Biomedical engineering

My name is Karina Ascunce and I am a sophomore studying Chemistry. I am interested in biomedical engineering and am currently working at the Mitragotri Lab on hydrogel drug-delivery systems. I previously worked on autism research at the Nelson Lab. I got started in research in the summer after my first year at Harvard, when I participated in Harvard PRISE. Please reach out to me if you have any questions; I look forward to helping you navigate the research opportunities on campus!

Andrew CastilloAndrew Castillo, Class of 2021, Lowell House
Concentration: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
Research Interests: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Genome Editing Technology and its application to neurodegenerative diseases

Hello! My name is Andrew Castillo. I am a junior concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and I research Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. My goal as a research ambassador is to increase diversity in the sciences by actively dispelling barriers to entry among POC and FGLI students on campus.

Anisha MittalAnisha Mittal, Class of 2020, Cabot House
Concentration: Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: Biophysics, global health

Anisha is a senior concentrating in Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in Computer Science. Her primary research interests consist of using engineering skills to tackle global health issues. She has conducted research in a multitude of academic environments including quantitative tumor imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as computational research at Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She discovered her passion for global health while studying water-borne infections through fieldwork in Madagascar as a Harvard Planetary Health Undergraduate Scholar. Currently, she conducts research in the Taute Lab at the Rowland Institute, studying the motility of Vibrio cholerae using novel high-throughput 3D tracking. After graduation, Anisha plans to attend medical school and pursue a Master’s in Public Health. She loves helping students find their path in research, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Cristopher PatvakanianCristopher Patvakanian, Class of 2020, Leverett House
Concentrations: Economics and Government
Research Interests: International political economy, economics

Cristopher Patvakanian a senior living in Leverett House, concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. His research experience includes working at the Central Bank of Armenia on EU-Armenia trade and conducting independent research for his senior thesis on Armenian diaspora investment. He also has worked as a research assistant at Harvard Business School on a research project to understand women's employment using natural language processing on archival newspaper data.

Amanda WassermanAmanda Wasserman, Class of 2021, Mather House
Concentration: Social Studies
Research Interest: Citizenship and nationality; Latin American politics; intergovernmental organizations

Amanda Wasserman is a junior in Mather House concentrating in Social Studies with a language citation in Arabic. Over the past two years, she has conducted research at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Center for Government and International Studies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. At her most recent position at Radcliffe, she researched competing representations of citizenship, nationality, and immigration in 17th century European texts. She hopes to center her thesis for Social Studies on immigration to Latin America as it relates to national identity, but she has been known to come up with a new thesis idea every 5 minutes. In her free time, Amanda enjoys biking along the Charles River, petting every dog she sees, and DJing for Harvard's on-campus radio station.

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!