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April 13-18 is Undergraduate Research Week – How will you celebrate? Send a short description of your event along with a photograph and your campus logo to robin@cur.org to be listed on our Undergraduate Research Week website.

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CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award 2015 Acknowledges Undergraduate Research Mentorship of Bruce Jackson, MassBay Community College
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CUR and The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation will be presenting Dr. Bruce Jackson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biotechnology and Forensic DNA Science at MassBay Community College, the 2015 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award. The award will be presented on April 17, 2015 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Eastern Washington University.

In recognition of the important roles that faculty mentors play in the success of Goldwater Scholars, the award is presented jointly by CUR and the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation to acknowledge individual faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the success of undergraduate researchers who have gone on to be Goldwater Scholars. Dr. Jackson is a research leader, productive scholar, teacher, and personal mentor to the twenty MassBay Community College students who have achieved Goldwater Scholar awards. A pioneer and advocate for high-quality and cutting-edge undergraduate research in a community college setting, Dr. Jackson has built a well-designed and developmentally-scaffolded program of undergraduate research for biotechnology students at MassBay, one that prepares students for both graduate study and Massachusetts’ thriving biotechnology industry.

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Congratulations to 2015 Poster on the Hill Participants
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The Council on Undergraduate Research is proud to recognize and congratulate the students, faculty mentors, and institutions, which will be represented at this year's 19th 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 23, 2015, CUR will invite representatives from federal funding agencies, members of Congress, and Congressional staff to attend the evening poster session. View the full program book
https://www.cur.org/assets/1/7/POTH2015ProgramBookonline.pdf.

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CUR Grant PIs Edit Special Issue of Wiley's New Directions for Higher Education Journal
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At the end of 2014, CUR completed its ground-breaking work on a National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (NSF CCLI III- Systems and Consortia) Grant (NSF DUE 09-20275). To build on the success of the grant and more broadly share the significant lessons learned from the workshops with other leaders in the higher education community, grant Principal Investigators Mitch Malachowski, Elizabeth Ambos, Jeff Osborn, and Kerry Karukstis, submitted and were selected to compose a special theme issue in a periodical of the Wiley brand called New Directions for Higher Education, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/he.2015.2015.issue-169/issuetoc.
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Arts and Humanities Division Travel Awards
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With the goal of promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in Arts and Humanities education, the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research 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 $600 and up to three will be awarded for presentations that have been accepted by Feb. 10, 2015, to be presented (or which have been presented) in the fall of 2014 or spring of 2015 (by June 1, 2015).
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CUR-Sponsored Conference Grants
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The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is planning to offer a limited number of conference grants for individuals to attend Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining Conference. Deadline is May 1, for more information on the conference grants and the application to submit, please visit: https://members.cur.org/members_online/submissions/substart.asp?action=welcome&cid=159
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 CUR EVENTS AND INSTITUTES



Save the Date: CUR Biennial 2016
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University of South Florida, June 26-28, 2016

Announcement of opportunities to present on five key strategic themes for undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities: internationalization, diversity and inclusion, assessment, innovation and collaboration, integration of research into the curriculum will be issued in summer 2015.

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Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining
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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:
  • Undergraduate Research Administration Nuts and Bolts
  • Assessment
  • Ensuring Access for All
  • High-impact Learning: Expanding, Collaborating, Scaling Up and Scaffolding
Session formats vary from panels, 75-min interactive sessions, 10-min short presentations, and a poster session. For more information: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/urpd_conference_2015/.

DEADLINES:
  • Early bird registration: Friday, April 24, 2015
  • Final registration: Friday, June 5, 2015

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Proposal Writing Institute
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Next Offering: July 16-20, 2015 — Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, MN

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 22, 2015
Click here to submit your application!

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.

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 CUR EVENTS AND DEADLINES


Date Event
April 10-12, 2015 Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research Institute, San Diego, CA
April 13-18, 2015 Undergraduate Research Week
April 16-18, 2015 NCUR, Eastern Washington University
June 23-25, 2015 Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining, University of Oklahoma-Norman
July 16-20, 2015 Proposal Writing Institute, Minneapolis, MN
October 15-17, 2015 Initiating and Sustaining UR Programs, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
November 2015 Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute. TBD
November 2015 Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a PUI Institute, TBD


 OTHER RESEARCH OFFERINGS



Career Opportunity: Director, Honors College at the University of Missouri
University of Missouri
The University of Missouri invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Honors College. Salary is nationally competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Established in 1958, the MU Honors College will celebrate its 60th anniversary in three years. It serves a very diverse group of over 2500 high-achieving students who major in every discipline from Engineering to English. These students flourish with the intimacy of a small college and the breadth of a large, dynamic, and diverse university setting. The Honors College takes great pride in its award-winning faculty; personalized and high-quality advising services; experiential-learning programs; and its unique focus on interdisciplinary teaching and public scholarship.
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