CUR E-newsletter
Sep. 4, 2014

Posters on the Hill 2015 — call for submissions
Application Period: Sept. 2-Nov. 5, 2014

As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant's words, work, and stories. Undergraduate research must be among the programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported, and to grow.

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to apply for the Council on Undergraduate Research's (CUR) 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. In addition to other events, there will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

Please visit the website for more information about the submission process and Posters on the Hill program. Questions? Please contact Mary Pat Twomey, Manager for Student Programs, at

Social Science Division Student travel awards
The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2014-2015. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster. After the meeting, a brief report about the experience is expected. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria:

Application Materials: Selection Criteria: Travel Award recipients will be selected on a first come, first serve basis provided that the above criteria are met. Only one travel award will be granted per institution.

Deadline: Applications for a travel grant to a fall 2014 or spring 2015 meeting are now being accepted. Award decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis.

Submission of Application Materials:

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

Interdisciplinary STEM Learning Spaces: Your input desired by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory by Oct. 1
Interdisciplinary STEM learning spaces: What do you know about them and what do you want to know about them? Continuing a collaboration with CUR, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) is organizing a December webinar in which such questions will be addressed. One institutional story to be featured is the new ID STEM lab at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, developed with support from HHMI, as a prototype space to inform future planning at UMBC. Request #1: CUR members are asked to submit photos and description of spaces specifically designed to dissolve boundaries between disciplines and that have a good story to tell. Request #2: Reflections from CUR member on the why and how of interdisciplinary STEM spaces to inform the shaping of the webinar. For more information: or contact Jeanne Narum: We would appreciate your input no later than Oct. 1, 2014.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

Application deadline approaching: 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

Application deadline approaching: 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:


3rd Annual Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference
Georgia Southern University
Nov. 14-15, 2014, Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

The conference committee encourages your attendance to the 3rd Annual Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, a colloquium designed to showcase the depth and breadth of creative scholarship occurring throughout the southeast. This conference is for undergraduate researchers in all disciplines and provides a venue for students to present their work to a wide audience and encourages all to become active in professional conferences. This is your opportunity to make connections with peers, faculty in graduate programs, and other mentors who will encourage you to continue to develop your research.
DEADLINE: Proposal Submission — Oct. 1, 2014. For additional information, visit:

5 tips to get involved in undergraduate research
Penn State News
Danhao "Spark" Ma, a fifth-year senior majoring in energy engineering, got involved in undergraduate research as a freshman at Penn State Altoona. When he transferred to the University Park campus two years later, Ma's professor in Altoona introduced him to a colleague at the new campus to help him further his undergraduate research experience. In the past four years, Ma has presented multiple projects the Penn State's Undergraduate Exhibition and published two academic papers. More

Report shows grim economic outlook for colleges, universities
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The latest report on public universities released by Moody's Investors Service does not have good news to deliver. As one of the most reputable credit rating agencies in the country, Moody's has been a veritable benchmark for U.S. higher education status and progress. Like the past few years, limited revenue growth from tuition and falling enrollments do not augur well for the future of our colleges. The study has not revealed any new avenues that will bring in revenue in the coming months, which leads one to wonder where they will find sustenance for their high operational costs. More

Symposium highlights undergraduate research, service projects
University of Delaware
Summer student research and service efforts spanning a wide variety of interests took center stage at the fifth annual University of Delaware Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium held Aug. 14. More than 350 undergraduate research and service scholars and visiting scholars presented their findings and shared their service experiences through poster displays and oral presentations.More