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Program Events

U-SOAR events include professional development and opportunities to practice your elevator speech, interdisciplinary exchanges, and research presentations.

For summer 2023, in-person and hybrid options are available over the course of the 10-week program. Competitive stipends are available for both levels of participation! All U-SOAR participants are required to attend the introductory session and the final research symposium in-person. Participants should plan to attend all workshops, and workshops will be recorded where available to facilitate engagement with hybrid participants. 

Welcome and Introductions (required)

Meet the other U-SOAR researchers and introduce yourself. Review the program requirements, expectations, resources, and upcoming workshops to help you make the most of this experience. We'll also tour the Library Commons and meet with Marketing and Communications staff for professional headshots of all participants.

Workshop Offerings

Participate in a range of weekly professional development workshops, panel discussions, and research updates. Use these opportunities to hone your research, writing, and presentation skills. Workshops include, but are not limited to, introduction to literacy resources, steps for crafting effective résumés, data collection and analysis, and advice for creating powerful professional poster presentations. 

Final Research Symposium (required)

Participation is required in the final research symposium. This special event gives you a chance to present your summer research project in a professional environment and discuss all aspects of your summer endeavors with faculty and fellow students. Build your academic credentials when you share the strides you made in research and listen to what other types of exciting research have been done this summer.  Celebrate your hard work and recognize your professional growth through this opportunity.

Summer 2023 Schedule (subject to change)

Date and Time

Topics and Activities

June 7, 10:00 a.m.–Noon

  • Introduction to USOAR
  • Meet and greet participants and faculty mentors
  • Tour of Learning Commons by Kelly Heider, assistant vice provost for University Libraries
  • Professional headshots from MarCom

June 14, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Research Panel Discussion

June 21, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Information Literacy Session

June 28, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Résumé Writing Workshop

July 5

No scheduled meeting

July 12, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Data Analysis

July 19, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Poster Presentation Workshop

Week of July 26

No scheduled meeting – Schedule individual 20-min sessions with staff from the Library, ARL, and/or Writing Center to troubleshoot your text, references, and/or data analysis!

August 2, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Presentation practice session and troubleshooting

August 9

No scheduled meeting – Finalize your presentations and submit your posters to the Printing Center! 

August 16, 9:00 a.m.–Noon

USOAR Research Symposium, Sutton Hall, Blue Room