OURI and COVID Updates

To the URI Community,

The health and safety of FAU’s students, faculty and staff remains the top priority of this university. Please read the important information below for OURI specific updates:

1. Undergraduate Research Symposium: FAU’s Tin’th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will occur virtually this year. Student presenters and their faculty mentors have already been notified. Further information for faculty and students interested in attending virtually will be shared through the OURI website.

2. Undergraduate Research Grants: OURI will extend the deadline for submissions to the Undergraduate Research Grants program to Monday March 23rd to accommodate additional time for faculty and students to work collaboratively on submitting an undergraduate research grant. Grants can be submitted through Fluid Review.

3. Working with Undergraduate Researchers and Scholars: Allowing students to work during this time is permitted, however social distance (6 feet) must be maintained. Note that some facilities are expanding hours so different shifts for staff are possible. This may be an idea for consideration, however, you will also need to consider the security concerns that would accompany this, such as building access. Faculty who work with undergraduates in research and inquiry should consider providing alternative assignments which do not require them to be on campus for the next few weeks. Group meetings can be conducted virtually, and mentoring can occur through Webex, email or phone. Suggestions for remote research assignments could include completing or revising a literature review, preparing an annotated bibliography, assigning readings of research articles and/or book chapters with summary reports, preparing sections that go into a manuscript or thesis, or analyzing and interpreting previously collected data. Students can also use this time to update their research compliance trainings e.g., CITI training, or request to participate in research workshops through OURIs canvas workshops site. Creative solutions may be necessary to help students work on projects. We are asking faculty to proactively reach out to their students to provide guidance during this time, and be as flexible as possible if there are barriers related to their continued participation (e.g. limited access to internet from home or no/limited access to software, etc.)

4. OURI Staff availability: Between March 19-30, the OURI staff will transition to online/remote services. We will be available by phone and email, and the OURI Peer Mentors will be available via e-mail for online mentoring. We encourage students to sign up for online workshops through Canvas by e-mailing a peer mentor or ouri@fau.edu.

As always OURI is here to support you. Feel free to email or call us with any questions you may have. 

The OURI Team

 Last Modified 3/19/20