CUR E-newsletter
Jun. 12, 2014

CUR Biology Mentor Awards
The Biology Division of CUR is pleased to announce our annual award to honor biology mentors for their long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate research (UGR) students. Individuals who wish to be considered for this year's award must be members of the CUR Biology Division or from a CUR Institution. Faculty mentoring interdisciplinary projects are encouraged to apply as long as those projects involve a major biological component. Application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. (PDT) June 14, 2014. Details can be found on the Biology Division section of the CUR website at or you can email Larry Wimmers, Co-Chair of the Mentor Awards Subcommittee at

Nurturing Creativity and Passion in Undergraduate Research: A Scholarly Discussion
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 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:


Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute
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
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:


Undergraduate Research Education Program to Enhance Diversity in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Application Receipt Date: Aug. 15, 2014

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The goal of this NIEHS undergraduate research education R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce in the environmental health sciences. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences for undergraduates at the junior and senior level. More

Language Resource Centers Funding Opportunity
Department of Education
The Language Resource Centers Program (LRC) provides grants to establish, strengthen and operate centers that serve as resources for improving the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development and dissemination projects.

The Fiscal Year 2014 LRC application package will be available starting June 6, 2014 at The due date for submitting applications is July 9, 2014. For additional program information, please go to More

Let students join you in the lab
Times Higher Education
Wider participation of undergraduates in research is not a revolutionary concept. Its contribution to economies and communities, however, is not universally recognized. Critics have contended that undergraduate research is not "real," and that such students are not sufficiently able or skilled to undertake work. There have also been allegations that it amounts to exploitation because undergraduates make cheaper research assistants. More

University at Buffalo forum aims to improve undergrad research experience
UB Reporter
In an effort to improve research experiences for undergraduate students, more than 60 University at Buffalo faculty mentors and summer research program staff met to discuss the best practices for coaching young students. The forum tackled issues encountered by most graduate and faculty mentors, which included learning to trust inexperienced researchers; developing techniques to improve their students' motivation, work ethic and attention to detail; and opening up discussions about diversity in the lab.More

Why they stay or leave
Insider Higher Ed
The main sources of dissatisfaction for international undergraduate students at U.S. institutions relate to finances, according to new research on retention released at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference. International students who responded to a national survey cite access to jobs or internships (37 percent), affordability (36 percent) and availability of scholarships (34 percent) as their main reasons for dissatisfaction, followed distantly by meal plans (26 percent) and quality of housing (17 percent). More