CUR E-newsletter
Oct. 16, 2014

Call for CUR Councilor nominations
CUR Councilors are the governing body of CUR. We need talented and enthusiastic members that are eager to devote some of their time and creativity to inventing new programs and providing services. The future of CUR (and perhaps undergraduate research!) depends on such volunteers.

CUR Councilor Nominations will begin in September of each year. For the 2015 elections, nominations are due by Nov. 6, 2014. Please visit the nomination form to submit your biographical information for consideration.More

Call for CUR Fellows Awards nominations
The nominations period for the 2016 awards is now open. The deadline for submission is Dec. 1, 2014.

The Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for the CUR Fellows awards. The CUR Fellows awards are presented at the biennial Conference to two CUR members who have influenced undergraduate research through their own research, through scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates, and through demonstrated leadership activities. Each CUR Fellow also receives a Brian Andreen-CUR Student Research Fellowship to be awarded to a deserving undergraduate at his/her respective institution. Full details of the CUR Fellows criteria and biographies of past CUR Fellows can be found at

CUR Nominations Committee call for officer nominations
The CUR Nominations Committee is issuing a call for nominations for the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer and General Representative to the Executive Board. Nominations (or self-nominations) should be sent via the electronic form. If nominating another individual, please obtain permission before placing their name up for nomination.More

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 $5,000, 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

CUR Psychology Division Mid-Career Mentoring Award nominations
The Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for a Mid-Career Mentoring Award. The award is presented at the biennial National Conference to a CUR Psychology Division member who has influenced undergraduate research through his/her own research, through scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates, and/or through demonstrated leadership activities. The award consists of $500. In addition, the profile and accomplishments of the award winner will be featured in the Psychology Division's newsletter. More

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. 

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

CUR Dialogues 2015 — Registration open
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

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:


US Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. For more information, visit


Application closes Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 — click to get started NOW! More

Essential ingredients for sustaining undergraduate research programs
During Nitya Jacob's postdoctoral teaching fellowship, she conducted research with undergraduate students. From then on, the molecular biologist wanted student research to be integral to her career as an educator and scientist. When Jacob took a faculty position at Oxford College of Emory University, the 2-year school had no summer research program for students. "When I began at Oxford 12 years ago, they were starting to think about undergraduate research and ... had just started a formalized program across all disciplines during the academic year," said Jacob. Administrators told her that they were open to expanding students' summer research opportunities. So, building on an existing summer research program at Emory, Jacob, in collaboration with her colleagues, developed a similar program for Oxford students and also integrated research into the curriculum.More