CUR E-newsletter
Feb. 6, 2014

CUR announces the formation of a new affinity group — Education Research and Teacher Preparation
An affinity group provides the structure within which its members can work together to establish pathways leading to the achievement of established goals.

This new group will facilitate communication and collaboration among CUR members from all divisions who are interested in promoting undergraduate research in teacher preparation programs and related disciplines. More specifically, this affinity group will:

The ultimate goal of the Education Research-Teacher Preparation Affinity Group is the establishment of a division within the CUR Governance structures.

Membership in this group is open to all who maintain individual membership, or are affiliated with an institution with membership in CUR. Members from all divisions are welcomed. Dr. Ruth Palmer (Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, The College of New Jersey, & CUR Councilor in the At-Large Division) and Dr. Dennis Munk (Professor of Education, Carthage College and CUR Councilor in the Social Sciences Division) will serve as coordinators for the affinity group.

To join, please visit and log in with your CUR username and password. Please take this opportunity to review your contact information with CUR. You may also jump to step 3 by clicking the link for Additional Data at the top. Then, under "Affinity Groups," please check the box next to Education Research and Teacher Preparation.

Should you have any questions about the group, please contact Ruth Palmer and Dennis Munk at

Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Institute — deadline approaching
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

Last chance to register for CUR Dialogues 2014
Feb. 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 Fellowships at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, University of New Hampshire CCOM-SURF
The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at the University of New Hampshire is a national center for excellence for the development of state-of-the-art ocean mapping technologies and for training the next generation of ocean mappers. CCOM's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is designed to create research experiences for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate work. SURF is aimed primarily at students who are working toward a degree in science, engineering or math and are completing their junior year.

Students accepted into the program will spend up to 10 intensive weeks (normally early-June to mid-August) working under the guidance of a CCOM faculty member. They will conduct research related to acoustics, bathymetric mapping, habitat mapping, lidar, marine geology and geophysics, optical imaging, sonar signal processing or data visualization. Research activities may include laboratory experiments, field work, a research cruise, data analysis, model development or instrument development. The research conducted by all fellows will be presented to CCOM at the end of the summer and summarized in a written report. Students who are awarded a fellowship will receive a stipend, on-campus room and board and travel assistance.

How to Apply

Students should submit the following:

  • a current transcript indicating their GPA
  • a list of courses in which they are currently enrolled
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty at their home institution
  • a short essay (one to two pages) outlining their research interests and reasons for applying for the SURF

  • Submissions should be in PDF format and sent to Applications must be received by March 1. Applicants will be informed of the selection committee’s decision by April 1. For more information about CCOM-SURF, visit

    Wake Forest Argumentation Conference Undergraduate Research Workshop
    We invite paper submissions and extended abstracts for an undergraduate research workshop, led by Gordon Mitchell, Sean O'Rourke and Jane Greer, to be held in conjunction with the Wake Forest Argumentation Conference (11-13 April at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.). This workshop will bring together undergraduate students and faculty mentors to promote undergraduate research efforts. The workshop includes a pre-conference session exploring the importance of undergraduate argumentation research, cultivating mutually beneficial research, writing, editing and revising activities, identifying publication outlets and navigating the editorial process. Throughout the conference, undergraduate students and their mentors will meet with the workshop leaders to reflect on conference panels and revise their paper submissions. The workshop sessions will not be scheduled against the Argumentation Conference panel presentations, enabling the student/mentor teams to participate fully in the rest of the conference.

    Submissions should identify institutional support that enables both student(s) and mentor to attend the seminar. In the event that is not possible prior to the submission deadline, the conference planners will assist selected student/mentor teams in soliciting travel funds from their home institutions. Institutional funding support is not a prerequisite for attending the workshop. Paper submissions must not exceed 25 pages and must include a separate cover page with the author's/s' affiliation, title and complete contact information for the student, the faculty mentor and the relevant administrator who promotes and supports undergraduate research. Undergraduate/mentor teams can submit a work-in-progress as an extended abstract of no more than 750 words. Extended abstracts must include a separate cover page with the author's/s' affiliation, title and complete contact information for the student, the faculty mentor, and the relevant administrator who promotes and supports undergraduate research. No information identifying the author(s) should appear on the paper. We encourage undergraduates interested in rhetoric, argumentation and communication — and their mentors — to apply for the workshop. A single faculty mentor may be part of more than one undergraduate submission.

    Review of submissions will begin on Feb. 15 and continue until the workshop is filled. Please contact Ron Von Burg ( with any questions regarding the Undergraduate Research Workshop.More

    Science teaching goes viral: Alternative course increases undergraduate retention
    An alternative approach to the traditional introductory laboratory course at the undergraduate level significantly increases student retention rates, according to research published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. More

    Undergraduates present research at Capitol
    Charleston Daily Mail
    In last winter's Superstorm Sandy, when some three feet of snow was dumped on parts of West Virginia, more than half of the state's forest population was damaged. That's according to Dara Erazo and Ty Heimerl, two undergraduate students at WVU who presented their research at the Capitol for undergraduate research day. More