Undergraduate research provides students a unique, authentic space for mentored growth, exploration, and professional learning. The Undergraduate Placement Program (UR-UPP) was established with the aim of lowering barriers to accessing high-quality undergraduate research experiences. Through a collaborative partnership between Dr. Halterman (Neurology, CND, Neurovascular Protection Group) and the Office of Undergraduate Research, UR-UPP began connecting students with faculty members in the Neuroscience Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Spring 2016. This pilot program of 11 students has grown into a comprehensive system of supports and streamlining benefitting over 200 students across life and health science departments at the University.
The goal of UR-UPP is to increase the number of successful undergraduate-mentor matches in both the basic and clinical neurosciences. In the spring of 2015, the program conducted structured interviews and surveys to establish the key elements that constitute both successful and unsuccessful undergraduate research experiences. Results indicated that while many neuroscience labs at URMC and the River Campus are dedicated to mentoring undergraduates, many students are not able to receive the hands-on experience they desire.
As its structure and reach continue to evolve to the needs and wants of students and faculty, UR-UPP hopes to serve as a campus-wide model for increasing participation and quality of undergraduate research experiences. This report will detail the progress UR-UPP has made in strengthening intercampus connections, increasing student opportunity to prepare for and participate in research, and furthering the University’s mission to lead through research.
UR-UPP Spring Report
How Can I Apply?
Additional information on the program and the portal to apply can be found on the website for the Office of Undergraduate Research. The Neurovascular Protection Group continues to serve as a training site for UR-UPP.