CUR E-newsletter
Nov. 26, 2014

National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Abstract Submissions — Deadline Approaching!
Submission Period: Sept. 29-Dec. 2, 2014
Conference Dates: April 16-18, 2015

The Council on Undergraduate Research and Eastern Washington University, the NCUR 2015 host, invite undergraduate students to submit abstracts for posters, oral presentations, and creative and performing arts presentations. NCUR is a multi-disciplinary conference for bright, motivated, and talented students, who come from all types of institutions including research universities, community colleges, comprehensive universities, and private liberal arts colleges. This conference is an opportunity for students to present research to peers, receive feedback from faculty from other institutions, network with graduate school representatives, and hear from inspiring plenary speakers.

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Register Now: CUR Webinar: 'Undergraduate Research in Service of Sustainability: Toward a National Agenda'
Dec. 10, 2014, 2-3 p.m. Eastern time

The fall 2014 CUR Quarterly highlighted some extraordinary examples of undergraduate research serving the cause of environmental sustainability, often through community action and using the campus as a "living laboratory" of practice. (Please see to access CUR Quarterly on line). In this webinar, two national experts in the field of sustainability practices, education, and research provide additional examples of how campuses are engaging undergraduates in sustainability-focused projects, and how individual campus-based efforts are linking together to form broad coalitions dedicated to sustainable practices.

Our presenters will include:

- Elvyra San Juan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Capital Planning, Design, and Construction, California State University, Office of the Chancellor
- Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and Professor at Oakland Community College, Michigan

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Psychology Division Presentation Awards
The Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research will be providing presentation awards ($100 Amazon gift cards) to students of CUR members who are presenting at the following regional undergraduate research conferences: Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA), Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA), Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) and Western Psychological Association (WPA). One award will also be given to students presenting at Association for Psychological Science (APS). Students are encouraged to use the award to purchase educational materials.

Eligibility criteria:

Application materials:
  1. Short abstract including title and author names and affiliations.
  2. Long abstract or 1-2 page summary of the project.
  3. Brief (250-350 word) description of the role of the student in the research project.
  4. Name of the CUR faculty mentor. Prior to selection it will be determined that the mentor is a CUR member in good standing.
  5. Copy of acceptance e-mail (this can be included with the application or sent to Mary Pat Twomey ( upon receipt.
Submit application materials on-line:

Selection Criteria: The abstract and long abstract or 1-2 page summary of the research will be reviewed by three CUR councilors for quality and one research project will be selected from each of the above listed conferences for the award. Contribution of the student to the work will also be considered. Application Due Date: February 2, 2015. Questions? Contact Susan Larson ( More

CUR-Sponsored Conference Grants Now Available for CUR Dialogues
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is planning to offer a limited number of conference grants for individuals to attend the CUR Dialogues 2015 – “Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways.” For more information on the conference grants and the application to submit, please visit: 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 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 More

Psychology Division Mid-Career Mentoring Award Nominations
The Psychology Division 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 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.More

Biology Division Student Travel Awards Announcement
The Biology Division 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: Early Registration Now Open Through Dec. 12
"Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways"
Feb. 19-21, 2015
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Come join faculty, staff, and administrators from academic institutions across the U.S., and hear from federal agency representatives and other funders, network with other professionals, and perhaps discover a new research partner. Highlights for CUR 2015 include more than 40 presenters from agencies such as NSF, NIH, Department of Education, Department of Energy, HHMI, NEA, and NEH. Keynote speakers include Susan Singer (Division Director) and Lee Zia (Deputy Director) of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, and Scott Jaschik, co-Founder and Editor, Inside Higher Ed.

Click here to register for this valuable conference

Hotel information

Early Registration Deadline: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Final Registration Deadline: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015More

Upcoming Submission Deadline: 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:


Broadening Participation Institute
Next Offering: Feb. 6-8, 2015 - California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, Application deadline: Dec. 31, 2014

We invite you to apply to send a team to a new Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) institute aimed at broadening participation and increasing access to and diversity in STEM programs. PIs with graduate programs can no longer be successful in obtaining funding by providing lip service with respect to broader impacts. Institutions accepted will send small teams of 3-5 faculty and administrators who will work together to craft an action plan to implement change on their home campus. The institute is designed for faculty and administrators to develop (or enhance) their knowledge, skills, and competencies in increasing access, fostering diversity, and creating an inclusive environment for students from underrepresented groups. An expressed goal of the institute is for participating institutions to develop an authentic program in support of broadening participation of students from underrepresented groups.


Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences Institute
March 13-15, 2015 — Stetson University Center, Celebration, FL
Application Deadline: Jan. 17, 2015.

Click here to submit your application; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Institute will assist campus-based teams of 3-6 members in developing transformative opportunities for undergraduate research in the social sciences.

Building on the information shared at the institute and working in close collaboration with a team facilitator, institute teams will leave with an action plan to bring back to their campus to strengthen and grow undergraduate research in the social sciences on their respective campuses. Although not required, teams will be encouraged to establish interdisciplinary action plans both within and beyond the social sciences to best leverage resources on their campus.More

University of Missouri Summer 2015 UR Programs for Visiting Students
University of Missouri
The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri (MU) coordinates a number of summer research programs for undergraduates enrolled at other institutions. All programs run for 9 weeks (Tuesday, June 2 -Friday, July 31), with travel days being Monday, June 1 and Saturday, August 1. Students selected for these programs live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan, covered by the program. Summer interns also receive one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend of $3600. More

British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2015
University of Winchester — April 20-21, 2015
Call for submittals is now open. For more information, please visit:

Official Launch of CREU — Crowdfunding Research Experiences for Undergraduates!
What is CREU?

CREU is a web-based crowdfunding platform for undergraduate research that can be found at Potential research projects from any nonprofit two or four year US institution can be posted to the site in order to accept donations.More

Department of Energy 2015 Summer Term Internship/Fellowship Program
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2015

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2015 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance. More

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