CUR E-newsletter
Dec. 12, 2013

CUR holiday note

As we make plans for the holiday season, CUR would like to inform readers of a schedule change. On Thursday, Dec. 26, CUR will not publish an e-newsletter. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 9.More

Arts and Humanities Division travel awards
With the goal of promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in Arts and Humanities education, the Arts and Humanities Division will offer financial support for faculty to present on the process and/or results of undergraduate research at regional or national Arts and/or Humanities conferences. The awards will be from $500 to $800 and up to three will be awarded for presentations that have been accepted and presented no earlier than Sept. 1 2013, and no later than June 30, 2014. More

Biology Division 2013-14 student travel awards
The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 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 2013-2014. 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

UPCOMING DEADLINE: Call for submissions for the winter 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly: 'Undergraduate Research Goes Abroad'
The theme of the winter 2014 CUR Quarterly will focus on undergraduate research in international settings; that is, programs or opportunities that enable students to travel from their home institution to do research while studying in another country. We seek 4-5 authors that can share their experience with undergraduate research that is integrated into faculty-led study abroad programs; group or individual international exchanges; or summer research abroad programs. Ideally, authors will be able to share evidence on student learning and/or outcomes as well as "lessons learned" about engaging in research with students in international settings. In addition, we invite shorter vignettes (300 words) that offer concrete, creative suggestions with regard to any aspect of undergraduate research undertaken in conjunction with study abroad/international exchanges.More

Social Science Division student travel awards announcement
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 2013-2014. 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

CUR 2014 Conference accepting poster proposals
Watch this space all year long for updates on CUR 2014: Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All, June 28-July 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The CUR Conference committee is busy planning the meeting in DC for June 2014, but it won't be great without your participation! Proposals posters are now being accepted here. CUR meetings are valuable because we have the opportunity to share our experiences, so please submit.

For updates on the conference, use and follow the Twitter hashtag #CUR2014.More

2 new CUR professional development institutes will launch March 2014
Please save the dates for two timely professional development institutes that will address pressing issues in undergraduate research practice. The "Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research" institute will be held from March 7-9, 2014 at Johnson C. Smith University.

This 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.

From March 28-30, 2014, "Integrating Research into the Curriculum" will be held at Florida Southern College. This institute 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. Registration for both institutes will open in November 2013.

For more information visit,

Save the Date: CUR Dialogues 2014
FEBRUARY 20-22, 2014, Arlington, VA, Renaissance Arlington Capital View.

The theme of this year's event will be: "Striving and Thriving: Fostering Successful Research Environments." The yearly conference helps connect faculty and administrators at all career stages to funding resource and processes — and to each other.

Cost: (listed first are the early bird rates good thru December 31, 2013)
Non-member: $540/580
Individual Member: $480/520
Institutional and System Members: $420/460
Enhanced Member: $360/400

For more information, visit

University of Missouri is now accepting applications for our Summer 2014 internships
The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri is now accepting applications for our Summer 2014 internships. Applications and all supporting documentation are due by Feb. 15, 2014. For applications and additional information please visit

DOE Scholars Program is now open for application
The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency's mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. Visit for more information or to apply — deadline is Jan. 12, 2014! More

Call for proposals for the 2014 HSI/Title V Best Practices Conference
Submit a proposal to share your knowledge at the 6th Annual Title V Best Practices Conference, March 16-19, 2014 at the University of La Verne, La Verne, Calif.

They are seeking presentations on high impact practices, model programs and success stories in any of the Conference five tracks:

Please note the deadline to submit a presentation proposal is Dec. 15, 2013. To submit a presentation proposal visit the webpage at

Stanford senior a pioneer in traumatic brain injury research
Stanford University News
Stanford biology student Theo Roth spent the past few summers developing an experiment for observing the brain's cellular response to a concussion. The never-before-seen action could one day lead to therapies that mitigate brain damage following mild traumatic brain injuries. More

Brown University student research thrives, but number involved unknown
Brown Daily Herald
Brown University advertises conducting research as a "vital part of the undergraduate experience" on its admissions website, but administrators do not know how many students actually conduct research during their undergraduate years. Administrators track the total number of Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards and the number of students enrolled in independent studies. More