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Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research

Are you a freshman or sophomore actively engaged in research? Do you have excellent writing skills? Do you enjoy reflecting on your experience as a researcher and sharing insights about the process? If so, you may be the ideal candidate to join the Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research (PCUR)! Drawn from across class years and divisions, the Correspondents are a selective group of enthusiastic undergraduate student researchers tasked with writing about their experiences with research on the PCUR Blog.  Launched in the fall of 2014, PCUR is a collaborative initiative of the Office of the Undergraduate Research and the Princeton Writing Program.

Working as a PCUR Correspondent offers an opportunity to serve the university community by promoting a culture of research and scholarship amongst undergraduates, supporting students through all stages of research and independent work, and empowering more students to get involved in finding useful research opportunities (read this week's post "Apply to join PCUR! What Correspondents do and why YOU should become one" for more information). New PCUR appointments will be for the 2016-2017 academic year, with possibility of renewal. Correspondents will receive training and mentoring from experienced graduate and undergraduate student researchers and writers, and will be compensated on an hourly basis. This spring, we are looking to fill up to three Correspondent positions as well as the Chief Correspondent position (preference given to rising juniors).

The responsibilities of the Correspondent include:

  • Participation in a 3-hour training workshop in September 2016
  • Attendance at monthly PCUR planning meetings
  • Contribution of two blog posts on average per month

The responsibilities of the Chief Correspondent include:

  • Editing other correspondents' posts for style, content, and clarity
  • Envisioning broad themes to connect correspondents across disciplines
  • Monitoring site stats and actively working to increase site views
  • Leading a 3-hour training workshop in September 2016
  • Planning monthly PCUR group meetings
  • Contributing blog posts (when possible)

If you are interested in becoming a Correspondent, we ask that you email a cover letter reflecting on your research path to date and explaining how you would contribute to the PCUR Blog, a sample post (between 500-750 words), and a copy of your resume to sometime before noon on Tuesday April 5.

If you are interested in the Chief Correspondent position, please follow the submission guidelines as listed above. In your cover letter, we ask that you reflect on an example of leading a team or taking part in community building and on the kind of entrepreneurial spirit necessary to nurture a still-young initiative.

In-person interviews will be conducted in mid-April and selection of the Correspondents will be announced in early May. For questions about the application process, please feel free to contact Dr. Poussart, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.


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