CUR E-newsletter
Jan. 23, 2014

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

Grand View looking for Jacobson Distinguished Professor
Grand View
Grand View University has engaged Collegiate Counsel, Inc. to assist in identifying and attracting viable candidates to serve as the Jacobson Distinguished Professor. This endowed professor will serve as the Director of the Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education with a focus in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Please review the linked Opportunity Profile or visit for more details. We would appreciate hearing your thoughts and suggestions. Interested persons may contact me at 205-475-0505 or Jon McRae at 404-812-1959 to speak confidentially about the opportunity.More

APLU Congressional and Governmental Affairs — Professional Staff
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) — a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 223 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations — seeks a highly skilled professional staff member who will play a key role in its Congressional and Governmental Affairs department.

Duties and responsibilities of the position include working closely with government relations officials at APLU's member institutions across the country (collectively known as the Council on Governmental Affairs, or CGA) on legislative and regulatory concerns; reaching out to the CGA for assistance in securing the support of targeted Members of Congress on legislation and policy issues; assisting in APLU and CGA meeting planning and development; building and maintaining relationships with internal and external constituencies and partners; and arranging for Hill meetings including meetings between APLU's president and Members of Congress.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume and two or three short writing samples (1-2 pages each) either electronically or via U.S. mail to:

Human Resources
1307 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information, please visit Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.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

NIH-funded summer program introduces pediatric bioengineering to undergraduates
Emory News Center
A new summer training program at Emory University will introduce undergraduate students to research in the field of pediatric bioengineering. The program is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.More

CWU Foundation receives $350,000 for flow cytometer, enhanced undergraduate learning and research
Central Washington University
Central Washington University Foundation has received $350,000 in grants to acquire a flow cytometer, to create new and updated biological sciences curriculum using flow cytometry, and to foster undergraduate research. The funds for the three-year program come from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and the Seattle Foundation.More