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CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award request for nominations
CUR
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Goldwater Scholars (GS) Program request nominations of an outstanding faculty mentor for the CUR-Goldwater Scholars (CUR-GS) Faculty Mentor Award. The faculty mentor must conduct her/his research in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline, and must have mentored at least three (3) Goldwater Scholars during his/her career.

The 2015 CUR-GS Faculty Mentor Award will be given at NCUR 2015, held at Eastern Washington University from April 16-18, 2015. The awardee will receive a plaque and cash prize of $5000, which will be awarded to the recipient's institution, and dedicated to support of the faculty mentor’s research program and/or current undergraduate researchers.

Eligibility: Faculty members in STEM disciplines who have five or more years of teaching and research experience past the terminal degree in their discipline are eligible for the award.

For full submission details visit: http://www.cur.org/projects_and_services/goldwater_scholars_faculty_mentor_award/

Deadlines: The deadline for nominations by the institution's president or provost is Nov. 3, 2014.

Questions: Questions may be addressed to Jeffrey Johnson (admin@cur.org or 202-783-4810 X 202), or Elizabeth Ambos (eambos@cur.org or 202-783-4810 x 201).

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Posters on the Hill 2015 — call for submissions
CUR
Application Period: Sept. 2-Nov. 5, 2014

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. Undergraduate research must be among the programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported, and to grow.

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to apply for the Council on Undergraduate Research's (CUR) 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. In addition to other events, there will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

Please visit the website for more information about the submission process and Posters on the Hill program. Questions? Please contact Mary Pat Twomey, Manager for Student Programs, at mptwomey@cur.org.

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Social Science Division Student travel awards
CUR
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 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.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Undergraduate students at any level can apply but preference will be given to juniors and seniors or students attending 2 year community colleges.
  • Student's mentor must be a CUR member or the student's home institution must be a CUR institutional member.
  • Student's home institution must match the $200 CUR travel grant.
Application Materials:
  • An electronic copy of the meeting abstract, including the title of the abstract, student author, faculty mentor, and institution. If the abstract is written in highly technical terms, the applicant may also submit a brief (maximum 500 words) summary of the work written for an audience consisting of social scientists from a wide range of disciplines. The abstract should note the study's objective, methods, results and importance.
  • Proof of acceptance to the regional or national meeting.
  • A list of itemized meeting expenses (travel, housing, and registration).
  • An email from sponsoring faculty acknowledging (1) student’s enrollment as an undergraduate, (2) confirmation of student’s planned attendance at the meeting, (3) confirmation of institution's monetary match of $200, and (4) confirmation of individual or institutional CUR membership.
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses (up to $200) will require copies of receipts and confirmation of student’s attendance/presentation at the meeting.
Selection Criteria: Travel Award recipients will be selected on a first come, first serve basis provided that the above criteria are met. Only one travel award will be granted per institution.

Deadline: Applications for a travel grant to a fall 2014 or spring 2015 meeting are now being accepted. Award decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis.

Submission of Application Materials: http://tinyurl.com/ojp5p26

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Biology Division Student Travel Awards announcement
CUR
The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research 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.
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 CUR EVENTS AND INSTITUTES



Interdisciplinary STEM Learning Spaces: Your input desired by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory by Oct. 1
CUR
Interdisciplinary STEM learning spaces: What do you know about them and what do you want to know about them? Continuing a collaboration with CUR, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) is organizing a December webinar in which such questions will be addressed. One institutional story to be featured is the new ID STEM lab at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, developed with support from HHMI, as a prototype space to inform future planning at UMBC. Request #1: CUR members are asked to submit photos and description of spaces specifically designed to dissolve boundaries between disciplines and that have a good story to tell. Request #2: Reflections from CUR member on the why and how of interdisciplinary STEM spaces to inform the shaping of the webinar. For more information: http://www.pkallsc.org/ or contact Jeanne Narum: jlnarum.lsc.ico@gmail.com. We would appreciate your input no later than Oct. 1, 2014.
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Nurturing creativity and passion in undergraduate research: A scholarly discussion
CUR
Pre-ISSOTL CUR Symposium, Université Laval, Québec-city, Oct. 22, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The fifth Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) sponsored pre-ISSOTL International Symposium will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at Universite Laval in Quebec City. This symposium will focus exploring on how undergraduate research programs can provide individuals and institutions opportunities to nurture creativity and passion in students and faculty. Participants will work with colleagues from other institutions to craft practical strategies related to the following themes:
  1. Leveraging innovation, design thinking, and creativity in undergraduate research;
  2. Fostering interdisciplinarity and collaborative scholarship;
  3. Ideating transformative learning spaces and structures;
  4. Engaging external stakeholders and building partnerships.
The program for the day will include brief keynote addresses, poster sessions, and table discussions. We will conclude with a discussion on how to foster international conversations on undergraduate research.

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Webinar: Early Preparation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): Key Strategies for Students and Mentors
CUR
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 | 2 p.m. Eastern

According to GRFP panelists, the competition is getting tighter: Each year, 10,000+ high achieving students submit highly competitive applications for this nationally prestigious fellowship. About 2,000 will succeed. What sets GRFP awardees apart in the eyes of panelists? This webinar will target key strategies on two fronts: (a) what faculty and staff can do to help prospective applicants and (b) what students can do to strengthen their record of intellectual merit and broader impacts. We'll have about 20 minutes for Q&A at the end of the session.

Registration Fees:

Enhanced Institutions: First 10 registrants (Students & Faculty/Administration), Free!

Undergraduate Students: $15

Faculty and Administrators
  • Institutional Members: $30
  • Individual Members: $50
  • Non-Members: $75
Register!

Deadline: Sept. 23, 2014

Questions? Please contact Mary Pat Twomey, Manager for Student Programs, at mptwomey@cur.org or 202-783-4810x210.

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Coming soon: CUR Dialogues 2015 — Registration opening Oct. 1, 2014
CUR
Save the dates: Feb. 19-21, 2015, Arlington, Virginia, Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

The theme of this coming year's event will be: Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways. CUR Dialogues provides attendees with a unique opportunity to speak informally with a variety of federal and private foundation program officers and experts in advocacy and grant preparation. In addition, participants have ample opportunities to network with each other to discover shared research interests and possible collaborators.

Cost: (listed first are the early bird rates good through Dec. 12, 2014)

Non-member: $540/580, Individual Member: $480/520, Institutional and System Members: $420/460 and Enhanced Members: $360/400

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Application deadline approaching: Beginning a research program in the natural sciences at a predominantly undergraduate institution
CUR
Next Offering: Nov. 21-23, 2014 — Embassy Suites, Greensboro, North Carolina
Application Deadline: Sept. 26, 2014, 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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Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining
CUR
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:
  • Interactive and short session presentation abstracts: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
  • Poster session abstracts: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
  • Early bird registration: Friday, April 24, 2015
  • Final registration: Friday, June 5, 2015

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 CUR EVENTS AND DEADLINES


Date Event
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, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
November 21-23, 2014 Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution Institute, Greensboro, North Carolina
December 2, 2014 NCUR Abstract Submission Deadline
February 19-21, 2015 CUR Dialogues 2015, Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel


 OTHER RESEARCH OFFERINGS



3rd Annual Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference
Georgia Southern University
Nov. 14-15, 2014, Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

The conference committee encourages your attendance to the 3rd Annual Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, a colloquium designed to showcase the depth and breadth of creative scholarship occurring throughout the southeast. This conference is for undergraduate researchers in all disciplines and provides a venue for students to present their work to a wide audience and encourages all to become active in professional conferences. This is your opportunity to make connections with peers, faculty in graduate programs, and other mentors who will encourage you to continue to develop your research.
DEADLINE: Proposal Submission — Oct. 1, 2014. For additional information, visit: http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ce/conferences/gurc/

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 INDUSTRY NEWS



Tomorrow's 10 favorite college majors, and how they could help the skilled labor shortage
Forbes
The chasm between available positions and skilled labor supply remains gaping–but there may be hope to be found in the preferred majors of Americans entering college this fall, according to a new report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. The report is based on a survey by of upwards of 2,100 U.S. employers across industries and more than 200 high school seniors.
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New undergraduate program empowers students to research like kings
The Miami Student
Undergraduate research just got a whole lot easier for Miami University students. The creation of the Office of Research for Undergraduates will provide a one-stop shop for undergraduates looking to get involved in research.
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