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Explore Beyond the Classroom

An initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences, the ICUE helps students gain experience and explore areas of interest through international programs, community engagement, undergraduate research, and externships and internships. Watch this site for updates about special programs, opportunities, and meetings.

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Christian Stephens’ journey through forensic psychology with the ASSURE program

“ASSURE program is more than a boon for undergraduate research – it is a ladder toward realizing possibility and achievement” – these are the words of Christian Stephens, an ambitious undergraduate researcher who unravels the complexities of competency to stand trial evaluations. His journey started from webpage foraging to presenting groundbreaking findings at prestigious conferences, all made possible by the support of dedicated mentors and the ASSURE program. This story is not just about research; it’s a testament to the […]

Graduate Research Assistantship Opportunity 2024-2025

There is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students who are interested in communication, criminal justice, education, educational policy, educational leadership, social work, or psychology! The position will be a full-time GRA position that comes with salary, health care, 20-hour/week stipend and will focus on working directly with district-level and high school administrators, counselors, and teachers as well as students and families from 14 rural high schools. The project, BAMA-STOP, will be conducting school safety needs assessments and updating school safety […]

Empowering Research Mavericks: Zachary Foley’s Journey with ASSURE

Zachary Foley’s involvement in the ASSURE program reflects his strong desire for research autonomy. His motivation stemmed from a desire to delve into the relationships between bald cypress cell properties and various weather factors, envisioning the potential to uncover correlations that could inform future investigations into streamflow seasonality. Through the program, he honed skills like grant writing and budget management, crucial for success in modern academia. Under the guidance of his mentor Dr. Nate Jones, Zachary embarked on a journey […]

Unlocking Neurological Insights: The ASSURE Program Journey of Josie Zachman

This ASSURE Program story showcases the incredible journey of Josie Zachman, a dedicated researcher whose investigation into neurological differences between autistic and neurotypical subjects yielded insightful findings. Guided by the support of her mentor, Dr. Rajesh Kana, and fellow researcher, Dr. Smitha Karavallil Achuthan, Josie embarked on a rigorous investigation utilizing fMRI data analysis techniques. Through the financial assistance provided by the ASSURE grant, Josie not only conducted groundbreaking research but also presented her findings at prestigious conferences, further contributing […]

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A&S Student Lands D.C. Internships

Emily Smith has been hanging out along the Potomac for the past two summers, but not as a tourist.  As a participant of the 2022 A&S Professional Development Program in Washington, DC, Emily successfully used her connections and experience to land internships in Washington during the summers of 2022 and 2023.