Minutes of the
Undergraduate Research Committee (URC)
Meeting held on 5 October 2010
340 Cartwright Center

Present:                        Nicholas Downey, Emily Johnson, Anita Baines, Kathryn Birkeland, Aric Opdahl, Keely Rees, Gretchen Berns, Emily Jacobson, Paul Fitts, Vijendra Agarwal, Katelynn Williams, Jennifer Bryson 

Absent (excused):        Tony Docan-Morgan, Soojin Yoo 


  1. Meeting was called to order by Convener Nicholas Downey at 4:32pm
  1. Welcome to new student member of the committee, Jennifer Bryson
  1. Approval of minutes from 9-27-10

a.       M/S/P (1 abstention) 

  1. Discussion of budget

a.       Proposed budget distributed by Emily Jacobson

b.      Discussion with recommended changes proposed

c.       Updated budget will be presented at next meeting 

  1. Reports from subcommittees
    1. Development of on-line grant submissions

                                                        i.            Report on committee discussions by Kathryn Birkeland (Convener)           

b.      Travel grants

                                                        i.            Revised guidelines distributed by Aric Opdahl (Convener)

                                                      ii.            Discussion

                                                    iii.            M/S/P with suggested friendly amendments

                                                    iv.            New guidelines to be immediately posted on website

c.        Celebration

    i.      No report; subcommittee has not met  

  1. Procedures for discussion of grants
    1. Discussion and feedback provided
    2. Motion: If a committee member is the faculty mentor for a student whose proposal is under review, the committee member will leave the room for the discussion of the proposal.

    i.      M/S/P (1 nay)

    1. Undergraduate research grants will be uploaded to D2L site by 22 Oct


  1. Promotion of UW-L Celebration
    1. Item tabled
  1. Next meeting scheduled for October 19th at 4:30 PM
  1. Meeting adjourned at 5:33 PM

Respectfully Submitted by Recorder, Anita Davelos Baines