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Headlines: January 26 - 30

  • AUJUS Research Highlights

  • This is Research Abstract Submission

  • Event: Faculty REU Seminar

  • External Opportunities

  • Recently in Research: Brendan Byrne

AUJUS Research Highlights 

The Spring 2015 edition of the AUJUS is still accepting research highlights from Auburn University undergraduate researchers. The deadline to submit a research highlight for the hard copy publication of the AUJUS is Friday, January 30. However, research highlights will be accepted at any time.  For more information on how to write and submit a research highlight, click here.

This is Research: Student Symposium  

This is Research: Student Symposium will be held April 13 & 14, 2015. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate through oral presentations, posters and creative scholarship displays. To submit your abstract for presentation, click here.

To learn more about the new This is Research symposiums, click here.

Event: Faculty REU Seminar

Is your mentor interested in sponsoring a Research Experience for Undergraduates? Faculty who want to learn more about developing proposals for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) REU program are encouraged to attend the Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, January 27, in Foy 246, sponsored jointly by the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the Office of Undergraduate Research. The seminar will run from 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

In this seminar, successful REU grant recipients will share their experiences in applying for and running REU projects.  The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF.   

For more information, click here.

External Opportunities

1) Central Washington University REU in Physics and Astronomy 
Central Washington University is inviting undergraduates to apply for its summer REU in Physics and astronomy. The program is 10 weeks long, and will give undergraduates the opportunity to learn research skills under the supervision of mentors.
2) ThinkSwiss Research Fellowships
Each year, 15 research scholarships are offered to both undergraduates and graduate students. These scholarships provide a monthly stipend for a period of 2 to 3 months to conduct research at a public Swiss university or research institute. The scholarship is open to outstanding students in all fields with an interest in conducting research in Switzerland.
3) University of Arizona Summer Research Institute
The Summer Research Institute (SRI) offers undergraduates an outstanding opportunity to learn how to conduct research, enjoy your summer, and prepare for graduate studies. Students may research in any field under the supervision of a University of Arizona mentor.
4) Kansas State REU in Sustainable Bioenergy 
Undergraduate researchers will participate in “hands-on” experiences with processing agricultural biomass, experiencing the physical environment of industrial-scale biomass processing with all its limitations and opportunities. 
  • Majors recruited: Science, agricultural, and engineering majors 
  • Deadline: February 15, 2015
  • Learn more here! 

5) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Spring 2015 Internship 
  • The Smithsonian Environment Research Center offers hands-on internships to undergraduate students looking to work with leading scientists. Interns also perform their own research in many areas, including biology, zoology, botany, and more.
  • Deadline: February 1, 2015
  • Click here to learn more.
6) Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
  • Approximately 130 undergraduate students from around the U.S. come to Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, to work beside both young and established scientists on a broad range of biomedical research questions.
  • The summer program runs from Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, July 31, 2015.
  • For more information about the program, click here
  • To apply, click here! 
  • Deadline: February 1, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

NIST's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is extremely selective, and this year Auburn University has been chosen to nominate outstanding undergraduates in the STEM disciplines to NIST's summer programs in Boulder, CO, and Gaithersburg, MD

If you are interested in applying, please contact us at

Recently in Research: Brendan Byrne

Future Auburn students may be using a "bike highway" to get around campus, thanks to an undergraduate research project. 

Brendan Byrne, a junior majoring in environmental design, took a class in Environmental Design Elements that required him to design and implement a research project. He chose to study modal share, or how people throughout a country move around. 

"In Auburn, unlike Copenhagen or Amsterdam, people are not encouraged to bike because of the lack of facilities," said Brendan. "I researched how feasible a bike highway system would be in Auburn."

To test his research proposal, Brendan test piloted a bike lane on the Thach concourse last semester. "Phase 2 of our research will likely by another bike lane test week, but we need more support before we could move forward with campus-wide bike lanes," said Brendan.

Pictured:(Above) The bike lanes on the Thach concourse. (Right) Brendan Byrne, undergraduate researcher.
For more information, contact us at:

Dr. Lorraine W. Wolf, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Research
Office of Undergraduate Research
201 Cater Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334-844-5772
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