UNLV Independent Summer Research Studies

UNLV Independent Studies are an opportunity for advanced students in the College of Science to explore their desired major. Independent study courses vary among departments within the College of Science. It is strongly advised that students interested in this program seek input from an advisor, the department or school chair and/or the College of Sciences Advising Center.

UNR Renewable Energy Program

Renewable energy is an important topic that cuts across academic disciplines. The University offers two programs in renewable energy, open to students in all fields, that are designed to complement their chosen field of study by exposing them to crucial technical, economic and social issues relevant to renewable energy.?

Summer Research EXperience (REX)

The Summer Research EXperience is a six-week long research program offered for High School and Community College students. We aim to provide an introductory STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research experience to students who have no formal research training beyond high school courses. The program lasts from June 26 to August 4. Students must be 18 years or older and they receive a stipend of $1200.

The Planetarium

Welcome to Southern Nevada’s only public planetarium, where the stars are literally the stars of the show. Our 68-seat theater features an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 high definition hemispheric video projection system that creates virtual realities on an impressive dome surrounding the audience.

We present different events and shows to the general public on weekends and to local schools on weekday mornings. In addition, the Las Vegas Astronomical Society calls our planetarium home, and the CSN college astronomy professors use the facilities during introductory astronomy courses.

Pathways to Science

PathwaysToScience.org offers a search portal of over 1,500 STEM programs across the United States for students from high school through the graduate level. An online resource library provides students with professional development resources designed to assist students in finding and applying to programs. Resources for faculty focus on tools and strategies for increasing minority participation in the sciences. PathwaysToScience.org is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). IBP’s mission is to increase diversity in the STEM fields.

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Mechanisms of Evolution

Undergraduate projects funded by the REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution will focus on biological processes, such as mutation, genetic drift, migration, non-random mating and natural selection that drive heritable change. The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. Students will receive a $5,250 stipend, housing and a travel subsidy.

Skills USA

SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 19,500 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 395,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.

VEX Robotics

We envision a world where every student has the opportunity to be inspired by the excitement of hands-on STEM learning and knows the feeling of creating something with technology. We want people of all ages and backgrounds to recognize that creative problem solving is fun and see its importance in shaping a better future. Hands-on STEM learning inside and beyond the classroom for elementary through college students. Curriculum-based robotics and fun competitive events.

The Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal (NSURJ)

NSURJ is an interdisciplinary research journal dedicated to educating, supporting, and providing a competitive edge for all Nevada undergraduates (NSHE and SNC). This is accomplished by providing an accessible, student run, and highly selective peer reviewed research journal. It was created in hopes that academic research will enrich the education of undergraduates and prepare them for future academic and professional endeavors. NSURJ is primarily staffed by faculty and student volunteers and publishes twice annually.

UNR Undergraduate Research Program

Being involved in research, scholarship and creative activity outside of the classroom not only offers a unique way to explore your interests, but will help prepare you for the highly competitive job market. Undergraduate students’ exposure to these opportunities is generally very limited. Having research experience will give you an edge in your career field or in your pursuit of a graduate degree, an option you may not have even considered before.
Doing research doesn’t only mean working in a lab, it can be anything from a photographic analysis of a changing landscape over time to studying salt-loving plants to improve crop production in marginal lands. Whether your interests are in the arts, sciences, journalism, education or another field, our office is here to help you expand your experience while at the University.