CUR E-newsletter
Apr. 17, 2014

CUR Conference 2014 travel grants
Application Deadline: April 25, 2014

CUR is offering a limited number of conference grants, up to $250 each, for individuals to attend the CUR Conference 2014: Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All. Nominees are asked to provide contact and demographical information, a statement of estimated expenses, a statement describing financial need and a statement on expected outcomes from attending the CUR Conference.

To apply for this conference grant, please visit:

GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
The Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research has established an annual award to highlight the importance of mentoring undergraduate research activities.

Eligibility: All Geoscience faculty involved in mentoring undergraduate research.

Prize: $500 along with a year-long CUR membership.

Expectations of Awardee: Short presentation when prize is awarded during the NAGT luncheon at the national GSA conference each fall.

Award Citation

The Geosciences Division of CUR annually recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for productive and transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships and for maintaining a sustained and innovative approach to the enterprise of undergraduate research.

Evidence of transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships include: leadership in fostering and sustaining the undergraduate research enterprise, student-mentor collaborations culminating in presentations at national or regional meetings and/or publication with student co-authors in peer-reviewed journals, and innovative approaches to involving undergraduates in research experiences incorporating research activities into the classroom and service learning.

Application Process

Nomination (including self nominations) materials: A two-page detailed narrative exploring how the candidate meets the criteria of the award, up to five-page CV that is focused on interactions with students, and two to five letters of support (at least one letter from a former student). The application remains on file for three years.

The application window opens March 1 and is open for three months. Send materials electronically to Laura Guertin ( no later than June 1 of each year.

Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Committee:
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine (, award contact)
Daniel Brabander, Wellesley College
Erin Kraal, Kutztown University
Diane Smith, Trinity UniversityMore

Register now! CUR Conference
CUR is hosting its 16th National Conference, "Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All," in Washington, D.C. — a fitting location for its theme of democratizing undergraduate research! In situating the conference in our nation's capital, CUR will highlight cross-disciplinary connections and collaborations among higher education, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

For more information, visit: More

Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute
Next Offering: November 7-9, 2014 — University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Application Deadline
: Sept. 19, 2014.

Click here to submit your application.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in July 2014. The institute will assist teams of 3-5 faculty and administrators in developing transformative opportunities for undergraduate research, scholarship and creativity in the arts and humanities.More

Beginning a research program in the natural sciences at a predominantly undergraduate institution
Next Offering: November 2014
Registration opening soon, details can be found here.

Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give individual pre-tenured faculty members the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses. A range of topics will be covered during the institute that show ways to achieve career success in undergraduate research by learning how to:


Tapping the potential of all students: Developing and enhancing undergraduate research in community college settings
July 18-20, 2014, Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE

The Council on Undergraduate Research and National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) are currently soliciting applications from community college teams to attend a two-day workshop designed to assist two-year institutions to expand and enhance their undergraduate research programs and curriculum. This NSF grant-funded workshop (DUE 09-20083) will reimburse workshop tuition, meals and lodging expenses for the selected institutions' team members to attend the workshop.

Applications are due by April 25, 2014. More

Proposal Writing Institute
Next Offering: July 17-21, 2014 — University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 22, 2014

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.

Time at the Institute will consist of periods of proposal preparation interspersed with one-on-one mentoring by experienced and successful proposal writers, members of grants review panels, former program officers and/or Directors of Sponsored Programs Offices. Small group discussions and group critiquing sessions round out the Institute. Participants who come well-prepared and who work hard should be able to leave the Institute with a completed (or nearly completed) proposal to the granting agency of their choice.

Application Deadline: May 22, 2014. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; Institute may reach capacity prior to application deadline. For more details, visit:

Opportunity announcement: Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research — September 18-19, 2014
The Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research is held each year in different universities on an ongoing basis. ACUR 2014 will take place on September 18-19, 2014 at the Australian National University, Canberra. This two-day conference will include poster presentations and spoken papers by undergraduate students. For more information on applying to present on the conference, please visit The deadline for student presentation proposals is July 1, 2014.More

5th Annual NPSMA National Conference call for presentation proposals
The National Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA) is seeking submissions for a limited number of sessions at the 2014 National Conference in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 13-14, 2014.

Presentations must be related to the conference theme or the PSM movement in general. Sessions are scheduled for one hour and will be listed on the agenda as a concurrent session. This year's conference theme is "Expanding Paths to Professional 21st Century STEM Careers: Creating a vision for new goals, partnerships and success."

To be considered, please complete a proposal form and submit it by email (subject line: NPSMA National Conference Proposal) to: Completed forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. eastern time on Friday, May 2, 2014. Proposals will be reviewed by members of the planning committee and applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions prior to Friday, June 6, 2014. If you have any questions or are considering submitting a proposal, please contact Deb Warren-Hite at More

Fall SULI application is now open
The Office of Science/Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications to its 2014 Fall Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, with all required application materials, including recommendations, due by 5 p.m. ET on May 30, 2014. The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, where selected students participate as interns appointed at participating host labs. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Further information, including program eligibility, requirements, host lab participation and access to the online application system are found at:

Inquiries or questions can be made using the following link:

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science's, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. More

Column: Undergraduate research an uphill battle, has benefits for students
The Daily Toreador
According to statistical analyses of course enrollment at Texas Tech, less than 1 percent of undergraduate students are conducting documented research projects. Given recent studies that suggest the benefits of the undergraduate research experience, one would think that more students would seek out the opportunity. Why aren't more of our students involved in research and how come so few are trying to fix it? The answer might be a bit unsettling.More

The STEM enrollment boom
Inside Higher Ed
Policy makers regularly talk about the need to encourage more undergraduates to pursue science and technology fields. New data suggest that undergraduates at four-year institutions in fact have become much more likely to study those fields, especially engineering and biology. More