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CUR Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) Accepting Applications
CUR's document, Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR;, describes the organization’s criteria for excellent undergraduate research programs. This award will recognize higher-education institutions that have both successfully implemented some of the characteristics of excellence and have devised exemplary programs to provide high-quality research experiences to undergraduates. The depth and breadth of the institutional commitment to undergraduate research, as well as the innovative nature of a sustained, exemplary program are important criteria for award selection. Nominations will be open to all types of higher education institutions. CUR will make up to three awards per year, with efforts to recognize institutions in the different Carnegie classification groups. A letter of intent (up to 500 words) summarizing the institution’s commitment to undergraduate research and highlighting a specific high-quality program that has been particularly exemplary is due March 1. Completed applications, due May 1, will include a description (up to 2500 words) of the institution’s overall undergraduate research efforts, including assessment information. This description should speak to up to 5 of the 12 characteristics of excellence listed in the COEUR document. Applications will also include an in-depth description (up to 2000 words) of one program element that has been particularly exemplary, including evidence that it has been effective. For more information visit: or contact Elizabeth Ambos, CUR Executive Officer,
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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 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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Physics and Astronomy REU Program
Managed by Councilors in CUR's Physics and Astronomy Division
NSF Award No. 1358879
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015

This REU program focuses on providing research experiences to undergraduates who have either not had a research experience or are at an institution where research opportunities are not available for undergraduates. Students from community colleges are encouraged to apply. Women and students from traditionally underrepresented groups are also encouraged to apply.

Research Topics/Keywords: Accelerator Physics, Observational and Computational Astronomy, Materials Science, Optics

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UPCOMING DEADLINE: Psychology Division Presentation Awards
The Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research will be providing presentation awards ($100 Amazon gift cards) to students of CUR members who are presenting at six regional undergraduate research conferences and at APS. For details about this opportunity and application instructions visit
Application Due Date: Feb. 2, 2015. Questions? Contact Susan Larson (

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CUR-Sponsored Conference Grants Now Available for CUR Dialogues
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is planning to offer a limited number of conference grants for individuals to attend the CUR Dialogues 2015 – "Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways." For more information on the conference grants and the application to submit, please visit:
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Social Science Division Student Travel Awards
The Social Science Division 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.
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CUR Dialogues 2015
"Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways"
Feb. 19-21, 2015
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Come join faculty, staff, and administrators from academic institutions across the U.S., and hear from federal agency representatives and other funders, network with other professionals, and perhaps discover a new research partner. Highlights for CUR 2015 include more than 40 presenters from agencies such as NSF, NIH, Department of Education, Department of Energy, HHMI, NEA, and NEH. Keynote speakers include Susan Singer (Division Director) and Lee Zia (Deputy Director) of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, and Scott Jaschik, co-Founder and Editor, Inside Higher Ed.

Click here to register for this valuable conference

Hotel information

Final Registration Deadline: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

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Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining
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:

  • Poster session abstracts: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
  • Early bird registration: Friday, April 24, 2015
  • Final registration: Friday, June 5, 2015

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Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research Institute
Next Offering: April 10-12, 2015 — San Diego, CA
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Link to Application — Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

This workshop will bring together teams of three to five faculty members and administrators from institutions that are interested either in initiating an undergraduate research program or in institutionalizing existing research activities.

The three days will consist of plenary lectures presented by facilitators associated with CUR interspersed with individual team meetings with CUR mentors. The teams will begin the workshop by meeting with their facilitator and reflecting on the current status of undergraduate research on their campuses. This inventory will include the examination of institutional strengths, as well as the obstacles currently preventing achievement of desired results. After this assessment, the teams will begin formulating mission statements, goals, and action plans for their own institutions. The event will conclude with the teams discussing their plans with the entire community. Throughout this process, the facilitators will be engaged with the teams in order to assist them in discussions and deliberations. Teams typically consist of at least one academic administrator, one or more department chairs, and several interested faculty members.

The Institute is open to academics from all fields. To apply for the Institute, please click on the link below and complete the on-line application. Questions may be addressed to the CUR National Office ( or 202-783-4810). Enrollment is limited so apply early.

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Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Institute
Next Offering: March 27-29, 2015 — Trinity Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Application deadline: Feb. 20, 2015

During this CUR Institute, teams of 3-5 members 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.

The goals of this Institute are to:
  • Develop curricular materials that can be used in the classroom to engage all students in research
  • Evaluate different models of UR integration at different points in the undergraduate curriculum
  • Share examples of successful UR integration
  • Discuss the impact of disciplinary structures and issues as they impact the integration of UR in the curriculum
  • Explore a variety of methods to assess the success of UR integration
  • Understand institutional opportunities and challenges to creating UR experiences for a greater percentage of students

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Date Event
February 19-21, 2015 CUR Dialogues 2015, Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
March 13-15, 2015 Social Science Undergraduate Research Institute, Stetson University, Celebration, FL
March 27-29, 2015 Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Institute, Trinity Washington University, Washington, D.C.
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


Official Launch of CREU — Crowdfunding Research Experiences for Undergraduates!
What is CREU?

CREU is a Web-based crowdfunding platform for undergraduate research that can be found at Potential research projects from any nonprofit two or four year U.S. institution can be posted to the site in order to accept donations.

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