CUR E-newsletter
Feb. 5, 2015

Promoting High-Impact Practices With the CUR Biennial Conference
CUR has selected the University of South Florida (USF) to host the 2016 CUR Biennial Conference. This conference is an exciting opportunity for faculty, administrators, staff, academic partners, and policy-makers to share peer-reviewed studies of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity (UR) and showcase models of UR activities at all types of colleges and universities, in all disciplines.

The overall goals of the conference are to encourage broad participation in undergraduate research and to make visible its benefits to students, faculty, colleges and universities, and communities. As faculty and institutions still face barriers to give every student a significant research experience, this conference focuses on creative ideas and practical solutions for meeting those challenges. Conference participants will share strategies and models that have helped strengthen undergraduate research in their institutions — in plenary talks, an exciting variety of conference sessions, and through the informal networking that is a hallmark of CUR conferences. Both oral and poster presentations will be solicited in the summer of 2015, and should address these important themes for the undergraduate research community: internationalization, diversity and inclusion, assessment, integration of research and teaching, and innovation and collaboration.More

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

Arts and Humanities Division Travel Awards
With the goal of promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in Arts and Humanities education, the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research will offer financial support for faculty to present on the process and/or results of undergraduate research at regional or national Arts and/or Humanities conferences. The awards will be from $600 and up to three will be awarded for presentations that have been accepted by Feb. 10, 2015, to be presented (or which have been presented) in the fall of 2014 or spring of 2015 (by June 1, 2015).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 Sponsored Conference Grants
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is planning to offer a limited number of conference grants for individuals to attend Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining Conference. For more information on the conference grants and the application to submit, please visit:

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

Last Day to Register! 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:


Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research Institute
Next Offering: April 10-12, 2015 — San Diego, CA
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Link to Application — Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

This workshop will bring together teams of three to five faculty members and administrators from institutions that are interested either in initiating an undergraduate research program or in institutionalizing existing research activities.

The three days will consist of plenary lectures presented by facilitators associated with CUR interspersed with individual team meetings with CUR mentors. The teams will begin the workshop by meeting with their facilitator and reflecting on the current status of undergraduate research on their campuses. This inventory will include the examination of institutional strengths, as well as the obstacles currently preventing achievement of desired results. After this assessment, the teams will begin formulating mission statements, goals, and action plans for their own institutions. The event will conclude with the teams discussing their plans with the entire community. Throughout this process, the facilitators will be engaged with the teams in order to assist them in discussions and deliberations. Teams typically consist of at least one academic administrator, one or more department chairs, and several interested faculty members.

The Institute is open to academics from all fields. To apply for the Institute, please click on the link below and complete the on-line application. Questions may be addressed to the CUR National Office ( or 202-783-4810). Enrollment is limited so apply early. 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:


Proposal Writing Institute
Next Offering: July 16-20, 2015 — Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, MN

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 22, 2015
Click here to submit your application!

This Institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The four-day institute will consist of one-on-one work with a mentor, writing, small group discussions, and critiquing of proposals. The institute has been developed to assist novice to experienced proposal writers in drafting complete proposals for submission. Prior to the institute participants will be able to access information that will help them begin to draft their proposal. More

CSU-MB Is Seeking a Director for Its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center
California State University Monterey Bay is seeking a director for its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC). UROC trains, supports, and engages students in rigorous undergraduate research and creative activities. UROC students work on relevant and innovative research and creative activities projects at CSUMB, and at regional, state, national, and international institutions. Under the general direction of the University Provost, the UROC Director will expand and oversee a sustainable undergraduate research program in alignment with the University's priorities to foster student engagement in high-impact practices, and build a vibrant culture of scholarship, research, and creative activities across all disciplines. For more information, please see