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  • Submit your Abstract to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

  • External Research Opportunities  

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fair 

  • Recently in Research: Zachary Donoviel

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Submit Your Abstract to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

NCUR logoThe National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will be held at Eastern Washington University from April 16-18, 2015.
NCUR is an interdisciplinary conference where students from all over the U.S. can present their research and network with other scholars and mentors. 
  • The application to submit your abstract for approval opened yesterday, and the deadline to submit your abstract is December 1, 2014.
  • Registration for the conference opens January 6, 2015.
  • For more information about the conference and submitting your abstract, click here.
  • For tips on writing a competitive abstract, click here.

External Opportunities

The United Negro College Fund/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship 

The goal of the UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship is to support the training and development of African-American biomedical research scientists. The scholarships provide tuition support and opportunities for research and engineering experience in a state-of-the-art industrial laboratory, as well as mentoring opportunities. Learn more here!
  • Awards up to $30,000. 
  • Deadline to apply is November 6, 2014.
  • Apply here!
Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories.  

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fair

Just a reminder that the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fair, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Undergraduate Research Board will be Wednesday, October 29, 2014! Keep an eye out for announcements on colleges represented and other details.

Recently in Research: Zachary Donoviel

Zachary in the labZachary is a senior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology who has been working in Dr. Wendy Hood Nutritional Ecology Lab for the past year and a half.

"Working in the Hood lab has been an amazing experience," said Zachary.  "I have been exposed to many new experiences, such as caring for wild mice and how to catch live bats with a mist net."

His first project in the Hood lab was studying the effects of protein diet on reproductive output in the house mouse, and now his fellowship project is looking at energetic trade-offs in metabolic processes between reproductive and non-reproductive female mice.

After graduating from Auburn, Zachary plans to focus on clinical research in endocrinology or rheumatology. "Thanks to the support of the Hood lab and Auburn University, I have had a great start to my academic career," said Zachary.

Pictured: Zachary transferring proteins run out on an acrylamide gel to a PVDF membrane during a Western Blot assay. 
For more information, contact us at:

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