CUR E-newsletter
Aug. 21, 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

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

Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative national student poster session

Sept. 29, 2014 4-6 p.m. Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

This event is co-hosted by the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). With support from the National Science Foundation, CCURI’s mission is to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of undergraduate research programs at our Nation’s community colleges. This event will feature over 40 of the best and brightest undergraduate scientists form community colleges in the CCURI partnership who will present posters on research projects and experiences. More event information can be found at 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:


American Educational Research Association Grants Program
AERA Dissertation Grants. AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $20,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

AERA Research Grants. AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Please do not hesitate to contact George Wimberley via email or phone (202-238-3225) if you have any questions regarding AERA program. More

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

Student, faculty research explores infant memory
Penn State News
For undergraduate students passionate about learning, working side-by-side with a faculty mentor can be an invaluable experience. Just ask Penn State Brandywine psychology major Rebecca Slomowitz, a senior currently conducting research about the intricacies of infant memory in the Brandywine Child Development Lab alongside Jennifer Zosh, assistant professor of human development and family studies. More

Bridging the STEM talent gap is not about degrees, but skill sets
In 2013, there were 2.5 times as many entry-level, STEM-related job postings as there were STEM graduates, according to a study by Burning Glass Technologies. The new U.S. News/Raytheon STEM index shows that student aptitude for and interest in STEM increased just 4 percent between 2000 and 2010, while data from the National Science Foundation show the number of STEM jobs grew 20 percent. But what ails technology employers in the U.S. is much broader than a lack of degrees in computer science and engineering. A shortage of people with degrees in STEM fields is a problem, no doubt. But an even bigger problem is a shortage of people with the right skill sets.More

The overachiever's guide to senior year
The Huffington Post
"For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school, influential careers, and lifelong achievement. I have learned that my very best students were focused, driven, and disciplined enough to follow these key steps-to-success during their senior year," writes Larry P. Thomas.More