CUR E-newsletter
Jan. 8, 2015

CUR Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) Accepting Applications
CUR's document, Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR;, describes the organization’s criteria for excellent undergraduate research programs. This award will recognize higher-education institutions that have both successfully implemented some of the characteristics of excellence and have devised exemplary programs to provide high-quality research experiences to undergraduates. The depth and breadth of the institutional commitment to undergraduate research, as well as the innovative nature of a sustained, exemplary program are important criteria for award selection. Nominations will be open to all types of higher education institutions. CUR will make up to three awards per year, with efforts to recognize institutions in the different Carnegie classification groups. A letter of intent (up to 500 words) summarizing the institution’s commitment to undergraduate research and highlighting a specific high-quality program that has been particularly exemplary is due March 1. Completed applications, due May 1, will include a description (up to 2500 words) of the institution’s overall undergraduate research efforts, including assessment information. This description should speak to up to 5 of the 12 characteristics of excellence listed in the COEUR document. Applications will also include an in-depth description (up to 2000 words) of one program element that has been particularly exemplary, including evidence that it has been effective. For more information visit: or contact Elizabeth Ambos, CUR Executive Officer, More

Call for Submissions for the Winter 2015 issue of the CUR Quarterly:
In today's higher education environment of rising tuition and decreasing state funding for colleges and universities, as well as shifting priorities on the federal level, faculty and administrators must be increasingly creative in raising support for undergraduate research programs. The Winter 2015 CUR Quarterly will feature articles related to finding funding outside of the typical grant application process for undergraduate research. We seek 4 to 5 pieces that describe how faculty and students are becoming more innovative in seeking funding for their research.More

Physics and Astronomy REU Program
Managed by Councilors in CUR's Physics and Astronomy Division
NSF Award No. 1358879
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015

This REU program focuses on providing research experiences to undergraduates who have either not had a research experience or are at an institution where research opportunities are not available for undergraduates. Students from community colleges are encouraged to apply. Women and students from traditionally underrepresented groups are also encouraged to apply.

Research Topics/Keywords: Accelerator Physics, Observational and Computational Astronomy, Materials Science, Optics More

CUR Webinar: 'Undergraduate Research in Service of Sustainability: Toward a National Agenda'
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, from 3 to 4 p.m. ET

The fall 2014 CUR Quarterly highlighted some extraordinary examples of undergraduate research serving the cause of environmental sustainability, often through community action and using the campus as a "living laboratory" of practice. (Please see to access CUR Quarterly on line). In this webinar, two national experts in the field of sustainability practices, education, and research provide additional examples of how campuses are engaging undergraduates in sustainability-focused projects, and how individual campus-based efforts are linking together to form broad coalitions dedicated to sustainable practices.

Our presenters will include:

- Elvyra San Juan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Capital Planning, Design, and Construction, California State University, Office of the Chancellor
- Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and Professor at Oakland Community College, Michigan

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Psychology Division Presentation Awards
The Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research will be providing presentation awards ($100 Amazon gift cards) to students of CUR members who are presenting at the following regional undergraduate research conferences: Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA), Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA), Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) and Western Psychological Association (WPA). One award will also be given to students presenting at Association for Psychological Science (APS). Students are encouraged to use the award to purchase educational materials.

Eligibility criteria:

Application materials:
  1. Short abstract including title and author names and affiliations.
  2. Long abstract or 1-2 page summary of the project.
  3. Brief (250-350 word) description of the role of the student in the research project.
  4. Name of the CUR faculty mentor. Prior to selection it will be determined that the mentor is a CUR member in good standing.
  5. Copy of acceptance e-mail (this can be included with the application or sent to Mary Pat Twomey ( upon receipt.
Submit application materials on-line:

Selection Criteria: The abstract and long abstract or 1-2 page summary of the research will be reviewed by three CUR councilors for quality and one research project will be selected from each of the above listed conferences for the award. Contribution of the student to the work will also be considered. Application Due Date: Feb. 2, 2015. Questions? Contact Susan Larson (

CUR-Sponsored Conference Grants Now Available for CUR Dialogues
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is planning to offer a limited number of conference grants for individuals to attend the CUR Dialogues 2015 – "Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways." For more information on the conference grants and the application to submit, please visit: More

Social Science Division Student Travel Awards
The Social Science Division is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2014-2015. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster. After the meeting, a brief report about the experience is expected. Minority students are encouraged to apply.More

CUR Dialogues 2015
"Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways"
Feb. 19-21, 2015
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Come join faculty, staff, and administrators from academic institutions across the U.S., and hear from federal agency representatives and other funders, network with other professionals, and perhaps discover a new research partner. Highlights for CUR 2015 include more than 40 presenters from agencies such as NSF, NIH, Department of Education, Department of Energy, HHMI, NEA, and NEH. Keynote speakers include Susan Singer (Division Director) and Lee Zia (Deputy Director) of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, and Scott Jaschik, co-Founder and Editor, Inside Higher Ed.

Click here to register for this valuable conference

Hotel information

Final Registration Deadline: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 More

Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining
University of Oklahoma-Norman, June 23-25, 2015

Do you have something to share: a great program, unique process, assessment initiatives, or an interesting and exciting aspect of your undergraduate research program? Are you ready to network and learn from your colleagues? This conference is for you and is designed for programs at any stage, including the development phase!

Be a part of it! Session topics include:

Session formats vary from panels, 75-min interactive sessions, 10-min short presentations, and a poster session. For more information:


Deadline Approaching: Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences Institute
March 13-15, 2015 — Stetson University Center, Celebration, FL
Application Deadline: Jan. 17, 2015.

Click here to submit your application; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Institute will assist campus-based teams of 3-6 members in developing transformative opportunities for undergraduate research in the social sciences.

Building on the information shared at the institute and working in close collaboration with a team facilitator, institute teams will leave with an action plan to bring back to their campus to strengthen and grow undergraduate research in the social sciences on their respective campuses. Although not required, teams will be encouraged to establish interdisciplinary action plans both within and beyond the social sciences to best leverage resources on their campus.More

Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Institute
Next Offering: March 27-29, 2015 — Trinity Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Application deadline: Feb. 20, 2015

During this CUR Institute, teams of 3-5 members will explore multiple ways to think about scaling the benefits of undergraduate research to a larger percentage of students by integrating research into the curriculum.

The goals of this Institute are to:


Official Launch of CREU — Crowdfunding Research Experiences for Undergraduates!
What is CREU?

CREU is a Web-based crowdfunding platform for undergraduate research that can be found at Potential research projects from any nonprofit two or four year US institution can be posted to the site in order to accept donations.More

Discovering research
Chris Peritore liked science in high school. He was good at it, too. His thought process coming to college was simple. "I thought if you liked science, you should be a doctor," he says, so he started at Mizzou on a pre-med path. But he got sidetracked by some roots, dirt and leaves. As a freshman, Peritore was accepted into the Exposure to Research for Science Students program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, which encourages underrepresented minority students to pursue a career in biomedical research, chiefly by assisting them in finding undergraduate research opportunities and funding their work.More