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CUR Biology Mentor Awards
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The Biology Division of CUR is pleased to announce our annual award to honor biology mentors for their long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate research (UGR) students. Individuals who wish to be considered for this year's award must be members of the CUR Biology Division or from a CUR Institution. Faculty mentoring interdisciplinary projects are encouraged to apply as long as those projects involve a major biological component. Application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. (PDT) June 14, 2014. Details can be found on the Biology Division section of the CUR website at http://www.cur.org/governance/divisions/biology_mentor_awards/ or you can email Larry Wimmers, Co-Chair of the Mentor Awards Subcommittee at lwimmers@towson.edu.
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GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
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The Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research has established an annual award to highlight the importance of mentoring undergraduate research activities.

Eligibility: All Geoscience faculty involved in mentoring undergraduate research.

Prize: $500 along with a year-long CUR membership.

Expectations of Awardee: Short presentation when prize is awarded during the NAGT luncheon at the national GSA conference each fall.

Award Citation

The Geosciences Division of CUR annually recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for productive and transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships and for maintaining a sustained and innovative approach to the enterprise of undergraduate research.

Evidence of transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships include: leadership in fostering and sustaining the undergraduate research enterprise, student-mentor collaborations culminating in presentations at national or regional meetings and/or publication with student co-authors in peer-reviewed journals, and innovative approaches to involving undergraduates in research experiences incorporating research activities into the classroom and service learning.

Application Process

Nomination (including self nominations) materials: A two-page detailed narrative exploring how the candidate meets the criteria of the award, up to five-page CV that is focused on interactions with students, and two to five letters of support (at least one letter from a former student). The application remains on file for three years.

The application window opens March 1 and is open for three months. Send materials electronically to Laura Guertin (guertin@psu.edu) no later than June 1 of each year.

Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Committee:
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine (guertin@psu.edu, award contact)
Daniel Brabander, Wellesley College
Erin Kraal, Kutztown University
Diane Smith, Trinity University

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 CUR EVENTS AND INSTITUTES



Nurturing Creativity and Passion in Undergraduate Research: A Scholarly Discussion
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Pre-ISSOTL CUR Symposium, Université Laval, Québec-city, Oct. 22, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

In this day-long symposium, we plan to explore how undergraduate research programs can provide individuals and institutions opportunities to nurture creativity and passion in students and faculty. Posters will play key roles in this seminar; in particular, viewing and discussing posters will be central to a number of the sessions. All delegates are invited to submit a poster abstract by July 25, 2014 to mptwomey@cur.org for display on the seminar web site before the event and during the symposium. Notifications of acceptance to the poster session will be sent in early August. We are interested in posters about undergraduate research and inquiry, focused on the theme and sub-themes of the symposium:
  • Leveraging innovation, design thinking, and creativity in undergraduate research,
  • Fostering interdisciplinarity and collaborative scholarship,
  • Ideating transformative learning spaces and structures, and
  • Engaging external stakeholders and building partnerships.

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Time is running out to register! 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. Registration closes May 30, 2014.

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

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Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute
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Next Offering: Nov. 7-9, 2014 — University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Application Deadline
: Sept. 19, 2014.

Click here to submit your application.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in July 2014. The institute will assist teams of 3-5 faculty and administrators in developing transformative opportunities for undergraduate research, scholarship and creativity in the arts and humanities.

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Beginning a research program in the natural sciences at a predominantly undergraduate institution
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Next Offering: November 2014
Registration opening soon, details can be found here.

Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give individual pre-tenured faculty members the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses. A range of topics will be covered during the institute that show ways to achieve career success in undergraduate research by learning how to:
  • select undergraduate researchers,
  • mentor student researchers and develop and use their research skills,
  • manage time — balancing teaching, research and service activities,
  • develop and select research projects appropriate for undergraduates,
  • adapt to an undergraduate research environment vs. that in graduate school,
  • link research to the classroom, and
  • develop grantsmanship skills related to gaining external and institutional research support.

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 CUR EVENTS AND DEADLINES


Date Event
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
September 2, 2014 Posters on the Hill Abstract Submission Opens
September 29, 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Online Submission of Abstracts Opens
October 22, 2014 CUR-ISSOTL Pre-Conference Event, University of Laval, Quebec, Canada
November 5, 2014 Posters on the Hill Applications Deadline
November 7-9, 2014 Creative Inquiry in Arts and Humanities Institute, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
December 2, 2014 NCUR Abstract Submission Deadline
February 19-21, 2015 CUR Dialogues 2015, Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel


 OTHER RESEARCH OFFERINGS



Call for papers on 'The Future of Honors'
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What is the future of the Honors College in higher education? How distinctive is honors education in today's universities, and how might it be so in the future? How can honors programs/colleges meet the challenges in higher education over the next 10, 20, 30 years? These and other topics are available for exploring.
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Opportunity announcement: Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research — Sept. 18-19, 2014
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The Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research is held each year in different universities on an ongoing basis. ACUR 2014 will take place on Sept. 18-19, 2014 at the Australian National University, Canberra. This two-day conference will include poster presentations and spoken papers by undergraduate students. For more information on applying to present on the conference, please visit http://www.acur.org.au/. The deadline for student presentation proposals is July 1, 2014.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS



Study: For undergraduates, active learning better than lecturing
U.S. News University
Lecture halls are fixtures on many college campuses, but how helpful are these spaces to student learning? The researchers behind a recent University of Washington study set out to answer this question. Professors who prefer lecturing pupils may not like the conclusion investigators arrived at.
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Research is shaping the undergraduate experience
Research News@Vanderbilt
As a pre-professional ballet student while in high school, senior Kristin Bater learned about a dance program that served individuals with Down syndrome. That sparked her interest in the science side of intellectual and developmental disabilities and changed her career path. She chose to attend Vanderbilt on the strength of its neuroscience research programs and the possibility of getting hands-on experience in a lab.
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