Undergraduate Research Opportunities Connection (UROC) now ready for applications

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 2:54pm


UROC year-end presentation


Undergraduate students looking for a way to gain research experience as well as 1 to 3 credits, can apply for spring 2017 undergraduate research projects supervised by graduate students in the Department of Geography.

To view the new projects and apply, go to: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc

Previous tasks have involved map making, GIS analysis, coding transcripts, programming, wrangling spreadsheets, or reviewing literature. It may not be glamorous, but it is a real research project to supplement your coursework, said Undergraduate Adviser and Gould Center Director Jodi Vender. “This is a valuable resume-building experience for undergraduate students and can be beneficial for both future employment and graduate school.”

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Connection (UROC) initiative soft-launched in fall 2013, with a first cohort of undergraduate researchers working on their projects during spring 2014.

“It has been such an honor to be engaged in research with advanced members of the department. Unlike undergraduate course lab environments, this unique experience has allowed me to work on research questions within my field of interest, make decisions with more independence, and create products that serve a purpose beyond academic assessment,” noted Everleigh Stokes, who worked with Jamie Shinn.

Shinn noted that her working relationship with undergraduate students was mutually beneficial, “[they] helped me accomplish tasks that I could not have done on my own, including making maps and analyzing data in ways that will help me produce a stronger dissertation.”