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Headlines: February 22-26

  • Deadline Today for Abstract Submissions: "This is Research: Student Symposium"

  • Undergraduate Research Faculty Mini-Grant Proposals Due March 3

  • External Opportunities

  • Recently in Research: Lane McLendon

Deadline to Submit Abstracts Today
"This is Research: Student Symposium 2016"

Graphic: Save the Date: This is Research Student Symposium April 12-13, 2016. More information is available at Text below includes additional information.
The abstract submission window for the "This is Research: Student Symposium 2016" will close tonight, Tuesday Feb. 23, at 11:59 p.m. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate through oral presentations, posters and creative scholarship displays. Student presentations will be judged. Information about registration, abstract submission and criteria for judging can be found at

Undergraduate Research Faculty Mini-Grant Proposals Due March 3

The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Faculty Mini-Grants Program is to increase opportunities for student engagement through the infusion of research activity into the curriculum. Faculty are invited to submit proposals to support the development of research components in existing courses or new research courses. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 3, 2016. Visit our website to learn more about the program, and to download the request for proposals.

External Opportunities:

Looking for a research experience outside of Auburn? Many external summer research opportunities have application deadlines in the spring. To view additional external undergraduate research opportunities available visit the External Opportunities page on our website. Look for the following symbol indicating programs currently accepting applications: .
Many application deadlines are quickly approaching for summer research opportunities. Apply today!
  • Applicable Majors: Chemistry, Physics, Materials Engineering 
  • Program Length: June 5 - Aug. 13, 2016
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 28
  • Applicable Majors: Be working towards a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree
  • The Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers many opportunities for undergraduates to obtain an undergraduate research experience. A database containing many opportunities for STEM students is available on the ORAU website
  • Applicable Majors: Biological Sciences 
  • Program Length: 3 months
  • Application Deadline: March 15
  • The nonprofit Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. 
  • The Urban Institute is looking for full-time, temporary research assistants for the summer who are interested in researching the details of state welfare and child care subsidy programs. This is a paid position requiring a minimum of ten weeks of work in Washington, D.C.
Organization of Biological Field Stations - REU Database
  • Applicable Majors: Biological sciences 
  • Programs Available: Summer and Fall REU applications are now being accepted at a number of Biological Field Stations around the country. Browse the database of current REU openings for more information. 


Recently in Research: Lane McLendon 

Lane McLendon is a junior studying biomedical sciences and is an Undergraduate Research Ambassador. Lane began her undergraduate research experience her freshman year in the lab of Dr. Haruka Wada, in the biology department. During her time in the Wada Lab, Lane has examined how early exposures to stress hormones and toxicants affect the health of individuals. Her research is focused on how an individual's phenotype is shaped by maternal cues, stress hormones, and nutritional and toxicological stressors.

"The first sign of distress is a rise in plasma glucocorticoids, including corticosterone and cortisol. This is thought to increase the fitness of individuals by facilitating behaviors and physiology to escape from and withstand the stressful situation," Lane said. 

When asked to describe a defining moment during her research experience, Lane responded, "The most rewarding part of my research was watching our Zebra Finches hatch after several weeks of closely monitoring their incubation temperatures."

Lane also described her experience getting involved in undergraduate research, including the benefits of undergraduate research and advice she has for students considering getting involved.

"Dr. Wada continually provides guidance and has increased my understanding and confidence in my research ability. It is a great feeling to develop a close working relationship with your research professor. Finding a lab to get plugged into was the hardest part of my research experience. The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are an incredible resource available to students that I wish I could have utilized," Lane said. 

Lane is the Undergraduate Research Ambassador for the School of Nursing. She hosts her weekly office hour Mondays from 9-10 a.m. in the Student Involvement Suite (Rm. 3130) in the Student Center. 

Read more about Lane's research and how to contact her >>

Pictured: (Top) Lane McLendon; (Bottom) A Zebra Finch Hatchling.
For more information, contact us at:

Dr. Lorraine W. Wolf, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Research
Office of Undergraduate Research
0316K Haley Center 
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334-844-5772
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