Undergraduates in the News: 2014-2015

How a Budding Undergraduate Scientist Found Her Calling in a Biomedical Lab

March 25, 2015 – After her first week as a University of Virginia student, Catherine Henry knew she wanted to be a researcher.

Gaining Insight in India: U.Va. Student Studies Yoga Communities

March 23, 2015 –  “Is this his first time here?” an elderly Indian man sitting in a hilltop cave asked, motioning toward third-year University of Virginia student Wade Oakley last summer.

Harrison Award Sparks Undergrad to Prove Herself in the Scientific Community

March 20, 2015 – When Ashley O’Keefe was a first-year student at the University of Virginia, she offered to clean supplies and equipment in assistant biology professor Sarah Kucenas’ neuroscience lab, since she felt she had few skills to contribute to the team.

Student Meshed Studies to Explore Pine Trees’ Role in Israeli State Formation

March 24, 2015 – For many people, trees serve a limited function: shade from the sun, a scenic view during a walk, perhaps wood for the fireplace. For fourth-year University of Virginia student Rebecca Walker, trees offer insight into cultural values and attitudes.

Understanding the Jewish Experience in a Muslim Land

October 8, 2014 – What do you do when you’ve traveled halfway around the world, only to find that the people who speak a language you’re trying to study won’t talk to you?

Between Rome and Richmond: Student Explores the Southern Catholic War Experience

August 13, 2014 – When Northern abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe describes Southern slave driver Simon Legree in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” she paints him as one of the cruelest characters in all American fiction – a brutish, cold and merciless torturer of a trapped and helpless people.

U.Va. Undergrads Try a Slice of Each Other’s Research

July 24, 2014 - Today more than ever, students are seeking to build their résumés while they’re still undergraduates – and the most crucial time to do so is during the summer months.

U.Va. Undergraduate Researcher Studies Sunflowers’ Power to Clean Up Soil

July 9, 2014 - Call it the wonder plant – a flower that can either absorb toxic metals and radiation out of the soil or prevent most of them from entering its system and be safe to consume, depending on the variety.

Fulbright Awards Enable U.Va. Octet to Study, Work Abroad

June 23, 2014 - Eight University of Virginia scholars – four graduate students and four graduates – have received Fulbright Scholarships to study and work abroad for the 2014-15 academic year.

Undergrads Get the Scoop on Each Other’s Research at Kick-Off Event

June 17, 2014 - Ice cream toppings and research topics were liberally shared by University of Virginia undergraduate researchers in the Clark Hall mural room on June 8, in a summer research kick-off event sponsored the Center for Undergraduate Excellence in collaboration with the Graduate Student Diversity Program and the Curry School Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

University Grants Let Students Bring Their Artist Visions to Life

May 29, 2014 - Five University of Virginia students have received grants from the University Award for Projects in the Arts program to support their creative efforts.

Research Grants Support Graduate Mentoring of Undergrad Students

May 20, 2014 - The University of Virginia has awarded six “Double-’Hoo” Research Grants, which fund pairings of undergraduate and graduate students who collaborate on research projects.

From U.Va. to Oxford: The Intertwining Paths of Two Rhodes Scholars

May 12, 2014 - Final Exercises at the University of Virginia mark the end of many things for students: classes, exams and even friendships.

One friendship that will not end is that between fourth-years Evan Behrle and Charles Tyson, both of whom received 2014 Rhodes Scholarships.

President Sullivan Revives Public Day, A 19th-Century U.Va. Tradition

April 8, 2014 - The Center for Undergraduate Excellence launched the Undergraduate Student Opportunities for Academic Research program, or USOAR, in 2013...

History Student Makes 16th-Century Link Between Old, New Worlds

March 22, 2014 - The University of Virginia Faculty Senate and Center for Undergraduate Excellence recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards.

From Medical Research to the American Catholic Experience in the Civil War, U.Va. Announces 39 Undergraduate Research Awards

March 13, 2014 - Proposals to examine ancient Greek sanctuaries in Turkey, sample the opinion of Taiwanese youth, study dissolved nitrogen mobility and research therapeutics for pain management are among the 39 summer research projects forwarded by University of Virginia undergraduate students that have received funding.