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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 to be listed on our Undergraduate Research Week website. Check-out what is happening at other campuses: If you're on Twitter or Facebook and make a post, use the hashtag #URW2015.


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CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award 2015 Acknowledges Undergraduate Research Mentorship of Bruce Jackson, MassBay Community College
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
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

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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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CUR-Sponsored Conference Grants
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:
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Save the Date: CUR Biennial 2016
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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Date Event
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

Discounted Registration Ending Soon: 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:

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

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Proposal Writing Institute
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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Study Finds, Surprisingly, that Women Are Favored for Jobs in STEM
The Washington Post
Is science finally becoming friendlier to women? Wendy M. Williams and Stephen J. Ceci think so. As the co-directors of the Cornell Institute for Women in Science, they have spent much of the past six years researching sexism in STEM fields. And according to their latest study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, women are no longer at a disadvantage when applying for tenure-track positions in university science departments. In fact, the bias has now flipped: Female candidates are now twice as likely to be chosen as equally qualified men.
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TEDxNYU Showcases Students' Big Ideas
Washington Square News
From understanding ethnic identity to beatboxing with bird sounds, TEDxNYU brought together a wide range of innovative TED Talk ideas for their pitch conference at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life. The conference consisted of six speakers discussing topics focused around roots, this year's theme, to celebrate the history and foundation of what already exists and the possibilities for future innovations. Two of the speakers were NYU undergraduate students who had earned their spot at the conference during the TEDxNYU five-minute pitch competition earlier this year.
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Keep Students, Earn More
Insider Higher Ed
Salary compression is a familiar dilemma to faculty members and administrators. Most campuses conduct regular analyses to measure salary discrepancies across academic departments, across generations of faculty members and between their own professors and those at other institutions. Few colleges, though, have found a sustainable solution to relieve compressed salaries, especially in a period of budget cuts, shrinking state investment and rising tuition.
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