Student Undergraduate Research Council
The Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC) promotes awareness about undergraduate research opportunities at NAU.
By generating awareness, SURC hopes to increase the number of students engaged in research, scholarly, or creative projects at NAU. We also want to convey to students studying in a variety of disciplines and coming from diverse backgrounds that doing research is beneficial for their academic and career development. The members of SURC believe that participating in undergraduate research is an important experience for anyone interested in gaining more knowledge and a deeper appreciation of their academic field.
SURC members responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Advise the Office of Undergraduate Research
- Attend monthly meetings
- Promote undergraduate research at workshops, tabling events, speaking engagements, and class presentations
- Work as a team to develop, strengthen, and expand undergraduate research awareness at NAU
- Spend at least 15 hrs/semester on SURC activities
- Provide assistance at the annual Undergraduate Symposium in April
2014-15 SURC councilors
Major: Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Jani Ingram
Current research: Quantifying the amount of total arsenic in various unregulated wells on the Navajo Nation
Research activities: CHM485; Joseph & Sophie Ottens Student Research Awards Program; Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention program; Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity program; summer internship at NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Why I do this: The best part about undergraduate research is that not only do you get to apply the skills you learn in the laboratory in a real-life setting, you get to expand your knowledge and experience things outside of the classroom. Additionally, you get to experience the feeling of being on the forefront of unknown knowledge; similar to the crew of the Enterprise, as a researcher, you "boldly go" every time you learn new things in research.
Major: Elementary education
Mentor: Dr. Trina Spencer (Left in photo)
Current research: Predictive Early Assessment of Reading and Language (PEARL)
Research activities: Institute for Human Development research assistant
Why I do this: Before I was hired as a research assistant, I never thought about a career in research; it was Dr. Spencer who opened the door to the endless possibilities a research career holds. One benefit of engaging in research as an undergraduate is the opportunity to learn knowledge and skills that can be applied to my future career as a teacher.
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Speech Science and Technology
Mentor: Dr. Trina Spencer
Current research: Assessment of story comprehension for preschool aged children in Flagstaff and adult-child communication interactions within different ethnic groups.
Research activities: DIS485
Why I do this: The best part about engaging in undergraduate research is working directly with a professor and other currently employed people within my area of study. I owe my success in college to my research team; without their support, I would still be trying to figure out my major.