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Opportunity Research Scholars’ Program

A community of dedicated students who work together to broaden the academic experience.

Volume 2, Issue 3 March 2, 2009

ORSP Scholars Receive PURA Grants


Seasoned Mentors Discuss Progress


ORS Scholar Volunteers For First Lego League


Company Sponsorship Allows For Growth


Graduate School — Decisions, Preparations, Options


Spotlight— The Microwave Group


Oh, That E-mail!

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Spotlight— The RFID Group

Bonjour From France


Spotlight— The Tongue Driver Controls Group


ORSP Scholars Receive PURA Grants

Inside this issue:

Michael Digman

Santiago Hassig

Rodrigo Quinteros

that supports the involvement of undergraduate students in faculty research. Students may apply each semester by the designated deadline for a future semester award. ORSP Scholars inter- ested in applying for a Summer 2009 PURA award attended the Tuesday, February 17 offering of the proposal prep workshop. Scholars applying for a Summer PURA award must do so by

Wednesday, March 4.

ORSP PURA Recipients

Geller Bedoya

In October 2008, Jill Auerbach, ORSP Program Director, offered a workshop focusing on grant proposal preparation for the President’s Undergraduate Re- search Award (PURA), Following the workshop six ORS Program Scholars applied for a Spring 2009 PURA grant. The award notification date arrived and hopes of having all six students

receive the award were realized!

ORSP Scholars Geller Bedoya (State of GA), Michael Digman (NSF), Santiago Hassig (Intel), Gita Mahmoudabadi (Rockwell Automation), Rodrigo Quinteros (Intel), and Sean Sanders (State of GA) are the proud recipients of the President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) for Spring Semester 2009.

Congratulations! PURA is a competitive fund

Gita Mahmoudabadi

Sean Sanders

Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors


Seasoned Mentors Discuss Progress

Important Dates:

The Mentors in the Opportunity Research Scholars Program are a vital component to its success. Their dedication to research and to their Scholars is a driving force that challenges our Scholars to achieve extraordinary accomplish-


Each year the program Mentors gather to discuss the progress of

their research groups and mentor each other by providing feedback to one another. This year Mentors met on January 27. Seasoned Men- tors Kevin Fairbanks, Stefan Grubic, Lorne Liechty, Ibrahima Ndiour, Lonnie Parker, Ryan Pirkl, and Matt Trotter attended. The discussion focused on the progress of re- search projects and strategies to

help groups meet the goals identi-

Fied in their research abstracts. Mentors also talked about balanc- ing mentor roles — student,

researcher, tutor, and advisor.

Research groups are now in the process of polishing the research abstracts and updating time-lines in preparation for the poster com- petition that will take place April


  • Wednesday, March 4 Deadline to apply for a Summer PURA Grant

  • Tuesday, March 10, 11AM Poster Workshop

  • Tuesday, March 24, 11AM Research Presentation Work- shop

  • Monday, March 30

search Posters Due


ORSP Scholar Volunteers for First Lego League

  • Monday, April 13


Poster Competition and Ban-

Nicole Rennalls, Scholar for the Intel sponsored Electric Power Group I, volunteered during the

held at Georgia Tech on Saturday, January 31. First Lego League is an international lego robotics competi-

First Lego League competition

tion for middle school students.

Nicole Rennalls


  • Monday, May 18 Deadline to apply for a Fall 2009 PURA Grant

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