The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Research Education and Opportunities for High School Students (OREO) Program aims to engage high school juniors and seniors with research in

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHS) (e.g., Business, Education, Fine Arts, Hospitality, Liberal Arts, and Urban Affairs)
  • Health and Natural Sciences and Engineering (HNSE) (e.g., Medicine, Dental Medicine, Public Health, Integrated Health Sciences, Nursing, Life Sciences, Geosciences, Engineering, and Psychology).

The OREO Program specifically focuses on developing research readiness in high school students while providing UNLV undergraduate student researchers with opportunities to emerge as leaders with mentorship skills and experiences. Toward this goal, OUR seeks to work with 6 undergraduate researchers (OREO Fellows) each semester to serve as mentors to OREO participants.

The semester-long program promotes expanded and synergistic mentorship within UNLV's research community. Fellows represent OUR and advance its mission by connecting with local high school student communities and program participants.


Currently enrolled full-time UNLV undergraduate students with a declared major and an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2022 or later are eligible. Previous research experience is preferred, but not required.

Application Process & Deadline

Students are required to submit the following as part of the application package:

  1. One-page personal statement describing their research experience and why they would like to become an OREO Fellow
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)

Program Requirements

Awardees are expected to perform the tasks listed below:

  1. Schedule, organize, and facilitate bi-monthly program meetings
  2. Generate post-meeting emails and meeting minutes after each session
  3. Serve as the first line of communication to the students 
  4. Recruit speakers
  5. Supervise student projects and assume co-author role on research projects proposed by the students, OR work with OUR staff to connect students with a fitting faculty mentor
  6. Present and volunteer at one of OUR’s triannual research symposia

Past Awardees

Spring 2022

  • Vanessa Booth
  • Emily Carter
  • Jiaqi Li
  • Brittny Mikhaiel

Fall 2021

  • Aaron Cheng
  • Emily Carter
  • Vanessa Booth
  • Brittny Mikhaiel