How to ApplyApplications are now OPEN for the 2019 cycle.
- Submit the ONLINE APPLICATION for OURS here.
- A word document of the OURS application is provided as a tool to complete your application offline and copy responses into the online application hosted by Qualtrics linked above. Please do not submit this as your application.
- Although OURS is administered under the SPUR umbrella, the application process differs and therefore UO students will not be considered through a SPUR application.
- Where requested in the application describe the lab in which you are currently affiliated and explain the nature of your involvement and contribution to the research. Also, please provide the name of your lab mentor, if you are working with a grad student, postdoc, or research assistant in addition to your PI.
- Request only ONE recommendation from your sponsoring UO professor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to communicate with their sponsoring professor about the recommendation. When you submit your application online, identify your sponsoring professor by name and email. Please inform them of the request and send them the following text in an email so that a recommendation can be completed online: “A student in your lab is applying to OURS, the Oregon Undergraduate Researchers in SPUR. Please complete a recommendation form at https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3KJCV06GbU04NKZ as the sponsoring professor and lab director. Applicants without a recommendation from a sponsoring professor will not be considered. “
- Questions? Check out the FAQs page or email us.
- If you encounter any problem submitting your application online, please our Summer Programs Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not email us your application.
Information for recommenders
Students applying for OURS in your lab will contact you to submit a brief online recommendation. To ensure a successful experience, faculty hosting OURS students are expected to:
- Provide an opportunity for original undergraduate research with engaged mentorship for the intensive 10-week, 40 hours per week program, June 16 - August 23, 2019.
- Identify a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow to serve as the mentor for day-to-day supervision, and have them participate in a mentor training workshop to be held in May.
- Establish a clear mentoring plan together with the day-to-day mentor. Meet with the intern and mentor regularly throughout the summer and review their weekly progress reports.
- Expect that interns will attend three weekly hour-long sessions (a seminar series, professional development, and research discussion groups).
- Encourage interns to participate in social activities (including two sponsored field trips to OIMB and Pine Mountain Observatory)
- Support interns in preparing a research poster and presentation to be shared at the program closing symposium on August 20th and 21st.
- Encourage interns to attend ABRCMS and/or SACNAS conference in the fall and present a poster or talk.
- Participate themselves and/or encourage mentors from their lab to participate in SPUR seminar series.
Deadlines for applications
We begin making offers of admission to OURS about the beginning of Spring term, and we continue to review applications until all slots are filled. Please note that space is very limited. If you do not hear from us, please feel free to email us.
Deadlines on the SPUR website, referenced many times on this page, do not apply to OURS students. Because the OURS cohort is made up exclusively of UO students, application deadlines differ. Please refer only to the deadlines referenced specifically on this webpage.
All applicants should:
- Have completed at least one year of undergraduate coursework by summer.
- Be undergraduates in good standing.
- Be strongly motivated to participate in ongoing research projects.
- Be US citizens or permanent residents.
- Be a University of Oregon student.
- Be working currently in a UO life sciences lab or actively seeking a research position in a UO life sciences lab.
- To get involved in research at the UO, please visit the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE), or the Biology Undergraduate Research page .