CUR E-newsletter
Dec. 11, 2014

Call for Submissions for the Winter 2015 issue of the CUR Quarterly:
In today's higher education environment of rising tuition and decreasing state funding for colleges and universities, as well as shifting priorities on the federal level, faculty and administrators must be increasingly creative in raising support for undergraduate research programs. The Winter 2015 CUR Quarterly will feature articles related to finding funding outside of the typical grant application process for undergraduate research. We seek 4 to 5 pieces that describe how faculty and students are becoming more innovative in seeking funding for their research.More

New Date and Time: CUR Webinar: 'Undergraduate Research in Service of Sustainability: Toward a National Agenda'
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, from 3 to 4 p.m. ET

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

Register here:

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: Feb. 2, 2015. Questions? Contact Susan Larson (

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

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

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:


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

Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Institute
Next Offering: March 27-29, 2015 — Trinity Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Application deadline: Feb. 20, 2015

During this CUR Institute, teams of 3-5 members will explore multiple ways to think about scaling the benefits of undergraduate research to a larger percentage of students by integrating research into the curriculum.

The goals of this Institute are to:


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 $3,600. More

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

Universities are Focusing More on Undergraduate Research Projects
Los Angeles Times
The Cal Poly Pomona campus and universities around the nation are focusing more attention on undergraduate research, spurred by studies showing that such opportunities can keep students engaged in their education and motivated to complete degrees. More