CUR E-newsletter
May. 15, 2014

CUR Councilor election results posted online
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Earlier this year, Divisional Councilors were elected from each of the CUR Divisions. The newest class is now posted online at http://www.cur.org/governance/2014_cur_councilor_election_results/.More

GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
CUR
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 (guertin@psu.edu) no later than June 1 of each year.

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

Nurturing Creativity and Passion in Undergraduate Research: A Scholarly Discussion
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Pre-ISSOTL CUR Symposium, Université Laval, Québec-city, Oct. 22, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

In this day-long symposium, we plan to explore how undergraduate research programs can provide individuals and institutions opportunities to nurture creativity and passion in students and faculty. Posters will play key roles in this seminar; in particular, viewing and discussing posters will be central to a number of the sessions. All delegates are invited to submit a poster abstract by July 25, 2014 to mptwomey@cur.org for display on the seminar web site before the event and during the symposium. Notifications of acceptance to the poster session will be sent in early August. We are interested in posters about undergraduate research and inquiry, focused on the theme and sub-themes of the symposium:

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Time is running out to register! CUR Conference
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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. Registration closes May 30, 2014.

For more information, visit: www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/cur_conference_2014/. More

Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute
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Next Offering: Nov. 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
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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:

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Proposal Writing Institute
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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: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/institutes/proposal_writing_institute.More

Call for papers on 'The Future of Honors'
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What is the future of the Honors College in higher education? How distinctive is honors education in today's universities, and how might it be so in the future? How can honors programs/colleges meet the challenges in higher education over the next 10, 20, 30 years? These and other topics are available for exploring. More

UROC recruiting Curriculum Coordinator
CSUMB
The Curriculum Coordinator is responsible for designing and delivering curriculum and program services for UROC and CSUMB's newly-funded National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. Curriculum content areas range from research methods and ethical research to graduate school applications and professional networking. Delivery methods include in-class, via webinar, and through online modules. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in education or related field, a strong background in STEM or undergraduate research and robust curriculum development and teaching skills. Priority Screening began on May 5, 2014. Details online at: https://mocha.csumb.edu/uhr/jobs/job_announce.jsp?job_number=MB2014-EC1909&req_id=001752.More

Opportunity announcement: Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research — Sept. 18-19, 2014
ACUR
The Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research is held each year in different universities on an ongoing basis. ACUR 2014 will take place on Sept. 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 http://www.acur.org.au/. The deadline for student presentation proposals is July 1, 2014.More

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
ORAU
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government's internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides up to AU$272,500 for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides up to AU$272,500 for eligible non-Australians, including Americans and Canadians, to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to four years.

Endeavour Research Fellowships provides up to AU$24,500 for American and Canadian postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers to undertake 4-6 months of research in Australia.

Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides up to AU$18,500 professional development opportunities of (1 to 4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from eligible participating countries.

Applications close June 30, 2014 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). For more information or to apply, visit http://orau.org/endeavourscholarships. More