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CUR offers discounted rates for early renewals
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CUR is doing what it can to keep costs down for members. Dues for the 2014-15 member year will increase slightly. Membership fees are due by July 1, 2014 to ensure your continued access to member benefits. If you prepay your member dues prior to April 1 you will be eligible for this year’s membership fee, please contact Lindsay Currie, Director Membership and Communications, lcurrie@cur.org for an invoice.

We are excited to announce that starting in 2015 students from CUR system member institutions will receive discounted registration to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

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CUR recognizes institutions to be represented at 18th Annual Posters on the Hill
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The Council on Undergraduate Research is proud to recognize the institutions which will be represented at this year's 18th Annual Posters on the Hill. 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. Hosted on April 29, 2014, CUR will invite representatives from federal funding agencies, members of Congress, and Congressional staff to attend the evening poster session.
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 CUR EVENTS AND INSTITUTES



Register now! Early bird rates coming to an end — CUR Conference
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CUR is hosting its 16th National Conference, "Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All," in Washington, D.C. — a fitting location for its theme of democratizing undergraduate research! In situating the conference in our nation's capital, CUR will highlight cross-disciplinary connections and collaborations among higher education, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

For more information, visit: www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/cur_conference_2014/.

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Tapping the potential of all students: Developing and enhancing undergraduate research in community college settings
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July 18-20, 2014, Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE

The Council on Undergraduate Research and National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) are currently soliciting applications from community college teams to attend a two-day workshop designed to assist two-year institutions to expand and enhance their undergraduate research programs and curriculum. This NSF grant-funded workshop (DUE 09-20083) will reimburse workshop tuition, meals and lodging expenses for the selected institutions' team members to attend the workshop.

Applications are due by April 25, 2014.

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The Council on Undergraduate Research National Office is delighted to announce generous sponsors of the 2014 CUR Conference
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- The College Board (AP® / AP Capstone™)
- National Biomedical Research Foundation
- Bentley University
- National Geographic Society

The overall goals of the conference, "Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All," are to encourage broad participation in undergraduate research and to make visible its benefits to students, faculty, colleges and universities, and communities. Conference participants will share strategies and models that have helped strengthen undergraduate research in their institutions in plenary talks, an exciting variety of conference sessions and through the informal networking that is a hallmark of CUR conferences. In support of the goals of the conference a portion of the monies raised has been allocated to attendee travel awards. Watch your email for announcements on the details of the travel award program, and, of course, check #CUR2014 for updates.

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Proposal Writing Institute
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Next Offering: July 17-21, 2014 — University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala.
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 1, 2014

This Institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The four-day Institute will consist of one-on-one work with a mentor, writing, small group discussions and critiquing of proposals. The Institute has been developed to assist novice to experienced proposal writers in drafting complete proposals for submission. Prior to the Institute, participants will be able to access information that will help them begin to draft their proposal.

Time at the Institute will consist of periods of proposal preparation interspersed with one-on-one mentoring by experienced and successful proposal writers, members of grants review panels, former program officers and/or Directors of Sponsored Programs Offices. Small group discussions and group critiquing sessions round out the Institute. Participants who come well-prepared and who work hard should be able to leave the Institute with a completed (or nearly completed) proposal to the granting agency of their choice.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; Institute may reach capacity prior to application deadline. For more details, visit: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/institutes/proposal_writing_institute.

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 CUR EVENTS AND DEADLINES


Date Event
March 28-30, 2014 New Institute: Integrate Teaching and Research, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
April 3-5, 2014 NCUR, University of Kentucky
April 14-18, 2014 Undergraduate Research Week
June 28-July 1, 2014 CUR Conference, Washington, D.C.
July 17-21, 2014 Proposal Writing Institute, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
July 18-20, 2014 Joint CUR-NCIA workshop for community college faculty, Southeast Community College, Lincoln , NE
Oct. 22, 2014 CUR-ISSOTL Pre-Conference Event, University of Laval, Quebec, Canada
Nov. 7-9, 2014 Creative Inquiry in Arts and Humanities Institute, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


 OTHER RESEARCH OFFERINGS



Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization 2014
Center for the Study of Global Change
The Center for the Study of Global Change, in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, is proud to offer its annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI), which will take place May 18-21, 2014 in Bloomington, IN. This unique institute facilitates the internationalization of your campus or unit, curriculum, and/or individual course, to better prepare students, faculty, and staff to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century. This institute is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators of Research I universities and small, Liberal Arts, minority, and community colleges. ICCI includes two tracks with unique guided workshops (Course Focus and Campus Focus), as well as the Global Mini-Conference “Global Issues in World Regions,” a session on the intersections of diversity and internationalization, a poster session for sharing participants’ best practices, and a multi-regional cultural evening for networking. If you are new to internationalization, consider the optional pre-institute workshop “The Increasingly Comprehensive World of Academic Internationalization: The Essential Context.”

Individuals and teams are welcome. Register soon. Space is limited.

Deadline: April 14, 2014. Details/contact information: globalinstitutes.indiana.edu

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Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy SunShot Postdoctoral Research awards
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Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
Solar research opportunities for recent Ph.D. graduates

The SunShot Postdoctoral Research Awards support innovative solar research by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied R&D at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities.

Award Highlights:
  • Yearly stipend with two years of support
  • Research and travel allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Relocation allowance
Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
  • Economics, Social Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, and Chemistry are just a few of the disciplines that may apply
  • Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
For more information and to apply, visit: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/postdoctoral
Please share this information with others at your academic institution/organization This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the DOE EERE.

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 INDUSTRY NEWS



UT Arlington undergraduate student recognized for research on infection
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
UT Arlington student Emmanuel Fordjour is on the fast track through his groundbreaking research on one of the most urgent drug-resistant health threats. Fordjour, a biology and microbiology double major graduating in 2015, is researching a hospital-acquired disease called Clostridium difficile infection, or C diff.
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Cal State gets grant to help with summer STEM program
Insider Higher Ed
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has turned to one of the country's largest public university systems in its drive to increase the number of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The trust announced a $4.6 million grant to the California State University, which will fund the system's STEM Collaboratives, which work with new students from the summer before fall classes start through their first year of college.
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