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Students Encouraged to Apply for Research Opportunities
The Undergraduate Research Office is now accepting applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program and for the Frontiers of Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. Faculty are asked to encourage students who are currently doing research to apply for the poster competition. In addition, summer grants will be offered to undergraduates selected from the applicant pool for the poster session who would like to do research during the summer. Students and faculty may visit the Undergraduate Research Office in Room 106, South Campus Building A, for further information about these competitions and for information about other research programs for undergraduates. To receive application forms for either of these competitions by mail, call Kathy Usher at (860) 486-6255 or send e-mail to:

Nominations Sought for State Community Service Awards
Nominations are being sought for the Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Awards. The awards will be made in three categories, recognizing individual students, student groups, and faculty, staff and community or agency leaders for community service completed between spring 1999 and spring 2000. Student awards will recognize the efforts of individual students or student groups who have developed projects or activities that have aided individuals or groups in the community or have aided environmental causes; have substantially increased student participation in community service; have developed a unique approach to community service; have promoted diversity or pluralism; or have addressed pressing urban problems. The awards for faculty, staff and agency leaders will recognize personal contributions and university commitment. Nomination forms are available from the Center for Community Outreach, by calling (860) 486-1165. Nominations must be submitted to the Center for Community Outreach, 604 Gilbert Road, U-211, by March 8. Awards will be made during a ceremony April 13 at the State Capitol in Hartford.

Help Out, Have Fun, at Community Service Day, Feb. 26
The first Community Service Day of the semester will take place on Saturday, Feb. 26. The event, sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach, is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to interact in a social setting while helping out. There will be eight work sites and participants can choose from a wide variety of three- to six- hour community service projects both on- and off-campus, including activities ranging from environmental work to games and activities with seniors. Transportation is provided to all work sites. If you wish to register with a group of people, call the office first to find out specific site availability, as some fill up very quickly. To learn more about Community Service Day or to sign up, call the Center for Community Outreach (486-1165), or use the online registration form at

Volunteers Sought for Research on Falls Among Elderly
The Department of Physical Therapy is seeking volunteers for a research study on falling in older people. The purpose of the study is to find out if older people who undergo a specific hip muscle strengthening program experience improved strength and are less likely to fall than others. Individuals 65 years of age or older, especially those who have a history of falling, may be eligible to participate. Those who are accepted into the study will engage in a 12-week program to strengthen a specific set of hip muscles and will then have an evaluation of their standing balance. To be considered for participation or learn more about this study, call Tim Hanke at (860) 486-6836 or Mary Murphy at (860) 486-0047.