CUR E-newsletter
Sep. 18, 2014

CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award request for nominations
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Goldwater Scholars (GS) Program request nominations of an outstanding faculty mentor for the CUR-Goldwater Scholars (CUR-GS) Faculty Mentor Award. The faculty mentor must conduct her/his research in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline, and must have mentored at least three (3) Goldwater Scholars during his/her career.

The 2015 CUR-GS Faculty Mentor Award will be given at NCUR 2015, held at Eastern Washington University from April 16-18, 2015. The awardee will receive a plaque and cash prize of $5000, which will be awarded to the recipient's institution, and dedicated to support of the faculty mentor’s research program and/or current undergraduate researchers.

Eligibility: Faculty members in STEM disciplines who have five or more years of teaching and research experience past the terminal degree in their discipline are eligible for the award.

For full submission details visit:

Deadlines: The deadline for nominations by the institution's president or provost is Nov. 3, 2014.

Questions: Questions may be addressed to Jeffrey Johnson ( or 202-783-4810 X 202), or Elizabeth Ambos ( or 202-783-4810 x 201).More

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

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

Webinar: Early Preparation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): Key Strategies for Students and Mentors
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 | 2 p.m. Eastern

According to GRFP panelists, the competition is getting tighter: Each year, 10,000+ high achieving students submit highly competitive applications for this nationally prestigious fellowship. About 2,000 will succeed. What sets GRFP awardees apart in the eyes of panelists? This webinar will target key strategies on two fronts: (a) what faculty and staff can do to help prospective applicants and (b) what students can do to strengthen their record of intellectual merit and broader impacts. We'll have about 20 minutes for Q&A at the end of the session.

Registration Fees:

Enhanced Institutions: First 10 registrants (Students & Faculty/Administration), Free!

Undergraduate Students: $15

Faculty and Administrators


Deadline: Sept. 23, 2014

Questions? Please contact Mary Pat Twomey, Manager for Student Programs, at or 202-783-4810x210. More

Coming soon: CUR Dialogues 2015 — Registration opening Oct. 1, 2014
Save the dates: Feb. 19-21, 2015, Arlington, Virginia, Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

The theme of this coming year's event will be: Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways. CUR Dialogues provides attendees with a unique opportunity to speak informally with a variety of federal and private foundation program officers and experts in advocacy and grant preparation. In addition, participants have ample opportunities to network with each other to discover shared research interests and possible collaborators.

Cost: (listed first are the early bird rates good through Dec. 12, 2014)

Non-member: $540/580, Individual Member: $480/520, Institutional and System Members: $420/460 and Enhanced Members: $360/400 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:


Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining
University of Oklahoma-Norman, June 23-25, 2015

Do you have something to share: a great program, unique process, assessment initiatives, or an interesting and exciting aspect of your undergraduate research program? Are you ready to network and learn from your colleagues? This conference is for you and is designed for programs at any stage, including the development phase!

Be a part of it! Session topics include:

Session formats vary from panels, 75-min interactive sessions, 10-min short presentations, and a poster session. For more information:


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:

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New undergraduate program empowers students to research like kings
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