SPUR Calendar

For Students

Current SPUR Events Calendar

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  • Application Review begins late January
  • Review continues and applications accepted until all slots are filled


  • Phone, e-mail, and Skype interviews precede admission
  • Offers of admission begin mid-February and continue until all slots are filled (most slots are filled by the end of March)
  • Note that spaces are limited and dependent on faculty availability
  • Interns and faculty agree on project

Intern Preparation

  • Phone, e-mail, and Skype correspondence with mentor and faculty to discuss project and progress – continuing from admission until arrival
  • Readings of pertinent literature continuing from admission until arrival
  • Interns arrange travel, housing and paperwork with SPUR coordinators after admission
  • Interns sent welcoming packet in mid-May

Intern Arrival and Orientation

  • SPUR 2019 arrival date is projected to be Sunday, June 16th, 2019 and interns will depart Eugene sometime on Friday August 23rd, 2019 when the 10 week program concludes. (If this conflicts with your institution's academic calendar, we will make accommodations.)
  • Interns check in to housing
  • Orientation workshop with SPUR Director and Coordinator
  • Welcome meeting with SPUR staff, mentors, faculty, and UO administration

Intern Arrival in Research Lab

  • Typically, first Monday in June
  • Research project begins in earnest

Events, program features, workshops

  • Faculty seminars (Weekly)
  • Activities meetings (Weekly)
  • Progress reports (weekly report due Friday morning)
  • Professional Development Workshops (Weekly)
    • How to have an intense, rich, productive, fun summer experience
    • Cultures and careers in science
    • Rigorous and responsible conduct of science research
    • Optimal tools and skills in science research
    • Preparing for graduate and professional schools
    • Communicating science
    • Writing abstracts and personal statements
    • Developing posters and oral presentations
  • Research group discussions (Weekly)
  • Field Trips (faculty invited/solicited)
    • Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
    • UO Pine Mountain Observatory (UO Physics)
    • Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument (UO Geology)
  • Communicating science to middle and high school students
    • Oregon Young Scholars Program
    • UO SAIL program
  • Cultural, Educational, Recreational events (planned throughout summer)

Program evaluation

  • Pre-program interview with CoDaC (Center on Diversity and Community)
  • Mid-summer surveys (SPUR and CoDaC)
  • Weekly informal meetings -- interns & Pgm Director discuss difficulties as they arise
  • End of summer surveys (SPUR and CoDaC survey, exit interview with Pgm Director)
  • Fall term survey (SPUR survey after national conference)

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • Two day research symposium with both poster sessions and oral presentations (final week in the program on Tuesday and Wednesday)

Farewell party and departures

  • Thursday and Friday of last week after end of summer surveys

National undergraduate research conferences

  • Preparation for national undergraduate research conferences. After interns return home, SPUR coordinators assist in applying for ABRCMS, SACNAS, or AISES conferences.
  • Attend ABRCMS or other conference, if abstract and travel awards are approved.