This article is published in the February 2024 issue.

UR2PhD: Opportunities for Undergraduate Students, Faculty, and Institutions

By Julia Sepulveda, Program Associate, CRA-E

The UR2PhD program was launched with the goal of significantly increasing the number of women and gender-marginalized students, especially those who identify as Black, Native, and Latinx, pursuing a PhD in a CISE field. To this end, UR2PhD is helping institutions scale their research training capabilities, so that undergraduates have access to quality experiences and graduate students feel prepared to provide positive mentorship and guidance. 

The undergraduate research methods course helps participants develop and apply practical research skills, like how to read and interpret research papers, how to conduct literature reviews, and how to analyze and present data. 

The 2024 student application recently opened; student applications will be accepted until March 29 for the Summer 2024 term. Undergraduates who have little to no research experience, but are interested in developing their understanding of research and research capabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

If your institution is looking to scale undergraduate research efforts, consider applying to be an institutional partner. Institutional partner applications will be open through March 15, 2024. 

Lastly, if you’re interested in teaching the undergraduate research methods course this summer, please consider applying by February 18, 2024

For more information about the UR2PhD program, please visit our website at:  

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