CUR E-newsletter
Jan. 9, 2014

Biology Division 2013-14 student travel awards
The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2013-2014. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply.More

Social Science Division student travel awards announcement
The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 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 2013-2014. 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

Broadening Participation Institute
Next Offering: March 7-9, 2014 - Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.
Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2014

This new Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) institute is designed to help colleges and universities broaden participation in and increase access to and diversity in STEM programs. The institute is intended for faculty and administrators to develop (or enhance) their knowledge, skills, and competencies in increasing access, fostering diversity, and creating an inclusive environment for students from underrepresented groups. An expressed goal of the institute is for participating institutions to develop an authentic program in support of broadening participation of students from underrepresented groups.More

Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Institute
Next Offering: March 28-30, 2014 — Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Fla.
Application deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

Undergraduate research has been recognized as an effective "high impact practice" in higher education. The traditional apprenticeship model of undergraduate research, where one or a small number of students work closely with a faculty member is powerful, but it is often difficult to scale so that all students have the opportunity. During this CUR Institute, individuals or teams we 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.More

Register now for CUR Dialogues 2014
FEBRUARY 20-22, 2014, Arlington, VA, Renaissance Arlington Capital View.

The theme of this year's event will be: "Striving and Thriving: Fostering Successful Research Environments." The yearly conference helps connect faculty and administrators at all career stages to funding resource and processes — and to each other.

Cost: Non-member: $580
Individual Member: $520
Institutional and System Members: $460
Enhanced Member: $400

For more information, visit

CUR 2014 Conference accepting poster proposals
Watch this space all year long for updates on CUR 2014: Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All, June 28-July 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The CUR Conference committee is busy planning the meeting in DC for June 2014, but it won't be great without your participation! Proposals posters are now being accepted here. CUR meetings are valuable because we have the opportunity to share our experiences, so please submit.

For updates on the conference, use and follow the Twitter hashtag #CUR2014.More

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
The SURF Program provides an opportunity for the NIST laboratories (with partial financial support from the National Science Foundation) to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in science and engineering. The objective of the SURF Program is to build a mutually beneficial relationship among the student, the institution, and NIST. The SURF Program is conducted in English and will provide research opportunities for students to work with internationally known NIST scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge and state-of-the-art research, and to promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering.More

The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri is searching for an Assistant Director
We are seeking someone who is passionate about developing students at a public institution, coordinating events, promoting undergraduate research, using their talents and strengths and having fun with a team of like-minded colleagues! This is an amazing opportunity for someone with initiative, energy and determination to help take MU to the next level of excellence and leadership in undergraduate research and faculty mentored scholarship.

Do you know someone who demonstrates commitment to best practices, customer service, and building collaborations? Are they enthusiastic, detail-oriented, organized, and a compelling communicator? Do they have that spark and fire to make a difference? Please recommend that they apply!

Master's degree required, PhD preferred. Ability to work with science students/faculty as well as non-STEM disciplines is essential.

Application information can be found at Click on "view staff jobs for prospective employees." The position number is 12040. A short description is attached. Review of applications will begin on Jan. 10th.

The University of Missouri is the state's flagship and land grant institution and a member of AAU ( Mizzou has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and scholarship and providing a world class undergraduate experience. MU is an Institutional Member of CUR.More

Researchers devise faster method of boarding planes
Clarkson University researchers have developed a strategy to ease one of the headaches of airline travel: boarding the flight. School of Business Professor R. John Milne and undergraduate student Alexander Kelly have devised a method that assigns airline passengers to a specific seat based on the number of bags they carry, causing luggage to be evenly distributed through the plane. More

SGB President-elect to pitch travel grants for student researchers
The Pitt News
Matt Olm said he would have spent about $800 on a trip to the American Society for Microbiology meeting in Denver last summer if his research lab had not covered the expenses. Olm, a senior majoring in microbiology, attended and presented his research on bacterial DNA at the conference. But if senior Mike Nites, the incoming Student Government Board president, finds success with one of his campaign initiatives, Pitt students may have access to additional funds for research-related trips. Nites said he plans to introduce student travel grants that the Board would award to undergraduate students conducting research. More