Faculty and Staff Information

Faculty & Staff Resources

Faculty mentors play a vital role in the undergraduate research experience, providing guidance and inspiration while nurturing researchers’ critical thinking skills and increased self-confidence.

Faculty members advising UCARE and FYRE researchers are asked to:

Define clear expectations and benchmarks for the FYRE position or UCARE Undergraduate Research Agreement.

Maintain presence on campus or in the field where research work is conducted.

Provide timely feedback to undergraduate researchers concerning their progress.

Help UCARE researchers complete the benchmarks from the Undergraduate Research Agreement.

Encourage consistent participation in Undergraduate Research & Fellowships events.

Assist with poster presentations for the Student Research Days or Nebraska Summer Research Symposium.

Familiarize yourself with campus resources to support students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being, such as the Student Referral Guide, designed to help make quick, accurate referrals, and the Faculty Resource for Advising International Students, as many international students participate in UCARE.

Most undergraduate research mentors are faculty, or medical or veterinary research team supervisors.

Questions? Email us at ucare@unl.edu or call Kali Patterson, Project Coordinator and primary UCARE advisor, at (402) 472-6023.

To help undergraduates learn about your research opportunities, you can submit a project description to recruit a UCARE, faculty-funded, or volunteer undergraduate researcher.

Please note: Posting is not automatic. Undergraduate Research & Fellowships staff will evaluate submissions to ensure they constitute original academic or creative activities before posting to the UCARE Experiences Directory.

Questions? Email us at ucare@unl.edu or call Kali Patterson, Project Coordinator and primary UCARE advisor, at (402) 472-6023.

UCARE is a merit-based stipend award to each student participant, not to the faculty member. Likewise, FYRE is an hourly position held by a first-year student with specific types of financial aid.

Before recruiting new students to your team, check that they are eligible per the UCARE or FYRE eligibility requirements. We cannot fund ineligible student researchers.

One faculty member may supervise up to six undergraduate researchers in total, observing the following limits:

Up to 3 UCARE students

Up to 3 FYRE students

In the case of a UCARE team proposal, 2 or 3 student team members should apply separately; participate in writing and submit the same project title and proposal text; and apply in the “team” category.

Questions? Email us at ucare@unl.edu or call Kali Patterson, Project Coordinator and primary UCARE advisor, at (402) 472-6023.

Applications are accepted directly from students, between November 15 – February 15 only. During the annual application period, students can login and select “UCARE” from the NuRamp competition drop-down menu. (At any other time of year, the UCARE competition is not visible.)

For summer 2024 and/or academic year 2024-2025 proposals, the application deadline is February 15, 2024 (11:59 pm).

All applicants will receive a status update by mid-April 2024.

See a sample UCARE application.

Mentoring Statement

The question “Faculty Advisor Mentoring Philosophy” is new for 2024-25. Similar to faculty mentor contact and department name, the student applicant pastes this information into the application on behalf of the faculty mentor.

If you do not already have a brief (~1-paragraph) statement of your mentoring philosophy, the prompt is available on our “Post your research opportunity form,” and example statements are available in our Experiences Directory.

Confirm a UCARE Application

A student’s application will not go to review until you approve the application through the NuRamp online application system.

Follow these instructions for confirming your student’s UCARE application.

Questions? Email us at ucare@unl.edu or call Kali Patterson, Project Coordinator and primary UCARE advisor, at (402) 472-6023.

Questions? Email us at ucare@unl.edu or call Kali Patterson, Project Coordinator and primary UCARE advisor, at (402) 472-6023.

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