The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Connection (UROC) offers research and professional development opportunities in the Department of Geography.
These opportunities allow undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience and technical skills through collaboration on projects within the department and supervised by faculty and/or graduate students, as well as 1-3 credit hours to apply towards graduation. This is a valuable resume-building experience for undergraduate students and can be beneficial for both future employment and graduate school.
The UROC program began in Spring 2014 and has greatly benefited both graduate and undergraduate students of Penn State’s Department of Geography.
The two most important things I gained through my UROC experience was how to apply my knowledge outside the classroom/lab setting and gaining professional development through working with someone in my desired field. Throughout the program I gained experience in cartographic design, public speaking, and written communication. Over this last year I worked with a wonderful mentor, Nari Senanayake, who was willing to provide me guidance both on the project and my professional career. – Brittany Waltemate (undergraduate student)