This article is published in the April 2024 issue.

Get Involved with UR2PhD

By Julia Sepulveda Avalos, Program Associate, CRA-E

The Undergraduate Research to PhD Mentoring Program (UR2PhD) was born out of a critical need to address underrepresentation within computing. UR2PhD aims to increase the quality and scale of undergraduate research experiences, so that more women and gender-marginalized individuals have access to opportunities. As part of the program, there are multiple opportunities for students and faculty to get involved. 

For undergraduate students: 

This summer, we are hosting a short 4-5 week course where you’ll be trained on foundational research skills within the context of a research project. In an effort to increase the accessibility of our program, applications are now rolling, with extended priority deadlines of April 23, 2024 for session A and May 14, 2024 for session B. Applications will be accepted until the courses start, subject to space limitations.

For graduate students: 

If you’re looking to receive actionable training and hands-on experience on mentorship in a research environment and help with advancing your research, we encourage you to speak to your advisor about mentoring 2-4 undergraduates on a research project. Mentors of our undergraduate research course methods will be invited to participate in our graduate student mentor training course. 

At this time, we are also hiring teaching assistants for our summer undergraduate research methods course. View the full job description and consider applying.

For faculty: 

Are you working with undergraduate researchers this summer? Encourage them to apply for our undergraduate research methods course! The course will teach novice researchers fundamental skills including how to conduct a literature review and how to analyze data. Students will learn these new skills by applying them to your research project.

Are you looking for more opportunities to teach remotely? We’re currently hiring fall instructors for our undergraduate and graduate student courses. 


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