CUR E-newsletter
Aug. 7, 2014

Call for proposals to host the Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference 2016
CUR is currently soliciting applications for academic institutions as well as conference and hotel sites to host CUR's 17th Biennial Conference (as well as the 2016 executive board and business meeting), which will be held in June of 2016.

The Council on Undergraduate Research 2014 Biennial Conference "Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All" was held in Washington, D.C. and broke all records for CUR Biennial Conference attendance, attracting more than 660 attendees. We anticipate that the 2016 conference will be of a similar size and scope, attracting a national audience.

Applications to host CUR 2016 will be reviewed through a two-stage process. The first stage will involve an on-line application, which may be found at: We ask that the responses to the survey clearly identify that the Provost or President (if academic institution), or cognizant conference and meetings services representative (if a conference or hotel site) have approved the submittal of the initial application.

The responses to the initial host site application will be reviewed by the Council on Undergraduate Research in early September 2014, and institutions recommended to continue to the second stage of the proposal process will be notified on or about Sept. 15, 2014.

We are asking that applications to host CUR 2016 be submitted no later than Aug. 25, 2014. If you should have any questions concerning CUR 2016, please address them to MeLisa Zackery or to Elizabeth Ambos.More

Call for submissions for the summer 2015 issue of the CUR Quarterly
"Undergraduate Research and the Professional Schools"

The summer 2015 CUR Quarterly will feature articles related to undergraduate research in the professional disciplines. We seek 4-5 pieces that describe how students in professionally accredited degree programs – business, education, engineering, health fields, social work, architecture, etc. – include and support undergraduate participation in research. Ideally, authors will be able to share evidence on student learning and/or outcomes as well as "lessons learned" about engaging in research with students in professional disciplines. In addition, we invite shorter vignettes (300 words) that offer concrete, creative suggestions with regard to any aspect of undergraduate research undertaken in conjunction with professional degree programs. More

Biology Division Student Travel Awards announcement
The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year 2014-2015. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply.More

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.

The fifth Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) sponsored pre-ISSOTL International Symposium will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at Universite Laval in Quebec City. This symposium will focus exploring on how undergraduate research programs can provide individuals and institutions opportunities to nurture creativity and passion in students and faculty. Participants will work with colleagues from other institutions to craft practical strategies related to the following themes:

  1. Leveraging innovation, design thinking, and creativity in undergraduate research;
  2. Fostering interdisciplinarity and collaborative scholarship;
  3. Ideating transformative learning spaces and structures;
  4. Engaging external stakeholders and building partnerships.
The program for the day will include brief keynote addresses, poster sessions, and table discussions. We will conclude with a discussion on how to foster international conversations on undergraduate research.More

Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute
Next Offering: Nov. 7-9, 2014 — Crowne Plaza-Milwaukee West, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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: Nov. 21-23, 2014 — Embassy Suites, Greensboro, North Carolina
Application Deadline: Sept. 26, 2014, 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:


US Department of Energy Office of Climate, Environment and Energy Efficiency — EPSA Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications for B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. graduates and recent alumni (within the last 5 years) in Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Economics or related degrees.

Application closes Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, midnight EST – visit to get started NOW!

Opportunity in Washington, D.C. for a full-time, one-year or more commitment, starting in September or October 2014 to conduct climate/environmental research.

Applicant must be interested in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy and climate policy. Prefer expertise in one or more major energy sector (e.g. electricity, oil, gas) with training/experience in climate science, climate impacts or other environmental areas. Strong quantitative analytical, research and communication skills are required. Experience with modeling and managing data outputs from models preferred.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens — no exceptions.

Annual stipends are dependent on academic level, skills and experience. Additional allowances for travel to site, medical insurance or housing may be provided.

For more information, e-mail

UTSA, Alamo Colleges partnership provides summer research opportunities for students
The University of Texas at San Antonio and Alamo Colleges have launched a new partnership this summer that is giving community college students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in top-tier research laboratories. The 10-week Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation CIMA Undergraduate Research Program is one of only two in the country funded by a three-year, $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant. The program increases the success rates of minorities studying in the science, technology, engineering and math fields at the Alamo Colleges.More

Report: Smaller share of freshmen stick it out to sophomore year
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The share of students who were still enrolled at any college in their second fall term has slipped slightly in the past few years, according to a report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report examines all first-time students who started college in the fall of 2012 and tracks where they were a year later. While the retention rate (students returning to the same institution) stayed about the same as in recent years, the persistence rate (students remaining enrolled anywhere) declined by 1.2 percentage points from 2010.More

FRIPS provides springboard for researchers
University of Missouri
For Conner Rogan, it is the anticipation that keeps bringing him back to the plant science lab on the third floor of the Bond Life Sciences Center. "For a lot of the experiments that I do, I have to wait a day or two before I can get results," Rogan says. "I love waking up excited to go to work to see the results." Rogan knew research would be part of his college experience when he came to Mizzou. Thanks to the Freshman Research in Plant Sciences program, he didn't have to wait long for that experience to begin.More

CSU undergrad researching Parkinson's disease
Rocky Mountain Collegian
Three in every 100 people over 65 live with Parkinson's disease. Undergraduate Lukas Foster's grandfather was among that three percent, and died after a decade of living with the disease. Today, Foster is researching how to delay the progression of Parkinson's at Colorado State University.More