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Undergraduate Research Seminars

OUR seminars are professional development and/or knowledge-building opportunities for undergraduate researchers. They provide information on a variety of research-related topics. Student researchers from all disciplines are welcome, as are students at all research experience levels.

Funded students are required to attend seminars; please review your program contract, Moodle page, emails, and/or handbook for more on your program requirements.

Spring 2024 Research Support Seminars

View titles, descriptions, times, locations, presenters, calendar holds, and submit intent to attend for the current semester seminars using the “More Information Here” button below!

  • Maximizing the Library as an Undergraduate Researcher – February 8, 12:00-1:00, Talley 3210
  • Literature Reviews Workshop – February 20, 2:00-4:00, Talley 3210
  • Failing Successfully and Pivoting in Research – February 26, 9:00-10:00, Talley 3210
  • Map Your Data and Tell a Story – February 27, 10:00-100, African American Cultural Center Library (WSC, 2nd floor)
  • Getting Personal with the Personal Statement – March 5, 2:00-3:00, African American Cultural Center Library
  • Teamwork Doesn’t Have to Suck: How to Create a High Performing Team Environment – March 21, 4:00-5:00, African American Cultural Center Library
  • Translating Research Jargon for a General Audience – March 26, 2:00-3:00, Witherspoon Student Center 201
  • Research and the Arts with Small Island Big Song (presented in partnership with NC State Live) – April 10, 12:00-1:30, Scott 106

Past Seminar Topics

  • Maximizing the Library as an Undergraduate Researcher
  • Research Types & Communicating with Mentors
  • Basics of Presenting: Oral and Poster Presentations
  • Lead with the Why: Communicating your Science to Broader Audiences
  • Data Cleaning with Google Sheets
  • Elements of Visualization Design
  • How to Tell a Research Story: Writing Successful Literature Reviews
  • Introduction to Fellowships and How to Leverage Your Research in Personal Statements
  • AI Tools for Research
  • Maximizing the Library as an Undergraduate Researcher
  • A Gentle Introduction to R
  • Managing Real World Data with Google Sheets
  • Discussing Research Experiences/Skills on Resumes, in Personal Statements, and with Others
  • Failing Successfully and Pivoting in Research
  • Map Your Data and Tell a Story: Getting Started with ArcGIS Online and StoryMaps
  • Presentation Help Session 
  • Speaking with Faculty and Basic Research Expectations
  • Maximizing the Library as an Undergraduate Researcher
  • Map Your Data and Tell a Story: Getting Started with ArcGIS Online and StoryMaps
  • Conferences: Finding Them, Applying, Presenting, and Etiquette
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Tufte
  • Getting Started with R
  • Help Session for Summer Awards
  • The Business Side of Publishing and Accessing Research
  • Research Fraud, Retractions, and Citation Patterns
  • Managing Real World Data with Google Sheets
  • Engaging with Communities as a Researcher
  • Help Session: Review, Practice, and Feedback (offered twice; Note: In order to count these sessions for PD requirements, you must have a completed project brought with you for review).
  • Student Research Experiences
  • Research Types and Communicating with Mentors
  • The Business Side of Publishing and Accessing Research
  • Elements of Visualization Design
  • Award Proposals/Presenting Help Session
  • Research Fraud, Retractions, and Citations Patterns
  • UFO and Funding/Graduate School
  • Steps in Publishing
  • Steps in Poster Presenting
  • Steps in Talking about Research
  • What is research? Proposals, steps, and dissemination
  • How do I speak with a professor?
  • DEI in research: Who is a researcher?
  • How do I present at a conference?
  • How does publishing in a journal (or other space) work?
  • Presentation and poster prep & giving/receiving feedback
  • Opportunities for Fall 2022
  • Research, resumes, skills, and paths
  • Communicating research findings
  • (Summer) Research experiences for undergraduates