July 2012
Program Now Available

Registration closes June 8th.

CUR 14th National Conference
June 23-26, 2012
Hosted by The College of New Jersey

Click here to visit the conference homepage.

National Office News

Call for NCUR 2015 Host Bids
Welcome Elizabeth Ambos
Membership Renewal Reminder
Custom CUR Logo
Join CUR on Facebook

CUR Events and Institutes

 NEW INSTITUTE Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research in the Arts and Humanities
Pre-ISSOTL Seminar

Opportunities and Announcements

Conferences and Workshops
Fellowships & Funding Opportunities
Research Opportunities

Ongoing CUR Offerings

CUR's Enhanced Institutional Membership
CUR Logins
Web Page on Advocacy and Government Relations Issues
Newswise Press Release Subscription Service
CUR in the News

CUR Undergraduate Researchersí Grad School Registry

The Council on Undergraduate Research has initiated a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Any undergraduate may go to the registration page to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student. Please encourage your students to register here: https://www.cur.org/ugreg/reg1.asp.

An academic department or corporate division may sign on to receive the data for one disciplinary field for $300 per year. The institution-wide annual subscription fee is $1,500. A discount is available to institutional members.
Click here for additional information.

At a Glance

Upcoming CUR Events and Deadlines

July 2012 
      2 Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research in the Arts and Humanities Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, Application Available
      15-19 Proposal Writing Institute, University of Wisconsin- River Falls, River Falls, WI

August 2012
     28 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Student Scholarship Conference Submission Deadline

September 2012
     1 Call for Abstracts for the 2013 Posters on the Hill Event Opens
        Call for CUR Councilor, CUR Officers, and Executive Board At-Large Member Nominations
         Pre-International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)Workshop - Posters due
     15 Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research in the Arts and Humanities Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, Application Deadline

October 2012
      24 Undergraduate Research and Change in Higher Education, Pre-International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) Workshop, Hamilton, Canada

November 2012
     1 Deadline for Applications for Posters on the Hill
     2-4 Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research in the Arts and Humanities Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
     8 Deadline for Councilors, Officers, and Executive Board Member Nominations

February 2013
     21-23 CUR Dialogues

April 2013
      11-13 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), University of Wisconsin- La Crosse

Previous Issues

 National Office News:

 Membership Renewal Time

It is time to renew your membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research! Our member year ends June 30th, so please take the time to renew your membership before it expires. For any questions please contact Lindsay Currie our Director of Communications and Membership at lcurrie@cur.org or 202-783-4810 x206.

 Custom CUR Logos


Reminder: CUR Institutional Members are eligible to have custom CUR logos created for institutional use, many members have them posted on their Undergraduate Research Web Site. Use of this logo is not an endorsement by CUR, but rather a way for you to exhibit to others the importance of UR at your campus or program. If you are interested in a logo please contact Robin Howard robin@cur.org.

 Join CUR on Facebook

The National Office is taking the discussion of undergraduate research to a new venue. Join in the dialogue: www.facebook.com.

 CUR Events and Institutes:

 NEW INSTITUTE Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research in the Arts and Humanities

This CUR Institute will be held November 2-4, 2012 at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

This institute has been developed in response to the Arts and Humanities Division’s recognition of the need for a new form of programming that addresses undergraduate research in the humanities as distinct from the social sciences, especially since UR in the humanities and social sciences differs in just about every aspect, including methodologies, forms of evidence, products, and mentoring needs. The new Institute is designed for teams from campuses that wish to develop their UR capacity in the arts and humanities and it will have the following goals:
• Informing teams of the current research on the learning outcomes students achieve through engagement in UR;
• Modeling varieties of UR programs by a range of institutional types;
• Having teams define a mission for UR on their campus, specific goals that the campus should aspire to, and challenges to meeting those goals;
• Developing strategies to meet these goals and resolve these challenges;
• Formulating an overall action plan for the development of UR on the campus;
• Identifying sources and strategies for obtaining funding, both internal and external;
• Defining arts-and-humanities-friendly assessment mechanisms for the UR program;;
• Identifying strategies for mentoring junior faculty engaged in UR and for gaining recognition for UR work in the promotion and tenure proces;
• Ensuring that teams return to campus with an action plan that addresses all the points above; and
• Identifying mechanisms with the teams for post-Institute support and follow-up.

More information will be available by visiting: http://www.cur.org/institutes/proposal.html Application Available: mid-June 2012. Application Deadline: September 15, 2012.

 Pre-ISSOTL Seminar

This yearís symposium is entitled: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CHANGE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: A SCHOLARLY DISCUSSION. In this day-long symposium we plan to explore how undergraduate research effects change in Higher Education, and how a variety of changes in Higher Education affect undergraduate research. Posters will play key roles in this seminar.

We are interested in posters about undergraduate research and inquiry, focused on the theme and subthemes of the symposium:
  • Students as change agents;
  • Undergraduate research generating transformative learning;
  • The role of undergraduate research in curriculum renewal;
  • The influence of technological changes on undergraduate research;
  • The influence of changing student demographics on undergraduate research; and
  • Supporting and sustaining UR in times of times of fiscal challenge.

The deadline to submit a poster for consideration is September 1, 2012. For details on specifications, please visit: http://www.cur.org/pre-ISSOTLposter.html.

 Opportunities and Announcements:

 The CUR National Office has received the following announcements:

 Fellowships & Funding Opportunities

   Opportunities for Humanities Funding Announced

The application period is open for several federal humanities grant opportunities from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Applicants should refer directly to the agency website to verify all information, including deadlines and available grants, http://www.neh.gov/grants.

  Research Opportunities


  Write for The ACS Undergraduate Programs Blog

The ACS Undergraduate Programs Office has launched a blog to encourage undergraduates to share their experiences and ideas online, and are looking for writers! They are looking for fun and interesting topics that will deepen the readerís interest in chemistry as well as provide helpful tips to undergraduates. Demos, general interest, internships, career advice, and all subjects relating to the ACS and chemistry are welcome. Visit acsundergrad.wordpress.com to see the kind of things that have written about. In addition, if you donít have any ideas but want to write, email them at undergrad@acs.org and they will be happy to provide a few topics.

 Ongoing CUR Offerings:

  CUR's Enhanced Institutional Membership:

The enhanced institutional membership allows all faculty members from your institution to join the Council on Undergraduate Research, as individual members, at no additional cost to the individual. Institutional cost is based on the number of Full-Time Equivalent students at your institution and ranges from $2000 to $4000 annually.

CUR has recently added additional benefits for our enhanced members.

Those institutions that hold enhanced memberships and have graduate programs will be able to access the Undergraduate Registry for no additional cost. To receive these benefits, please visit http://www.cur.org/ugreg/reg2.asp and register using your institution's name in the PO number field.

Enhanced institutions that send six or more individuals to CUR Dialogues or the CUR National Conference will enjoy an additional 10% discount off the member rate for these events.

We hope that your institution will take advantage of this new membership opportunity to more fully engage faculty members, at your institution, in undergraduate research.

In addition to this new enhanced membership, we will continue to offer the regular institutional membership. Each institution may elect to choose one model or the other.

Should you have any questions regarding institutional membership programs, or any other membership opportunities, please contact Lindsay Currie at lcurrie@cur.org or 202-783-4810x206.

 CUR Logins:

CUR assigns usernames and passwords to members so that they may: login, update records, register for meetings at member rates, and purchase publications at member rates. Your username and password have been sent to you previously. Should you need another copy of this information sent to you via email, please visit: http://cur.networkats.com/members_online/members/password.asp. Non-members who have records in our database may also login to expedite registration processes: however discounts will only be given to members.

 Web Page on Advocacy and Government Relations Issues:

The staff at Washington Partners has put together a web page of materials for CUR Member reference.  The web page houses information on advocacy and government relations issues.  Topics of interest include legislative and event summaries, information on federal funding resources, an ongoing update on the higher education act, and a learning and links section with descriptions of common government processes and links to useful websites.  

To access this page, please visit the members only page from the CUR homepage.  Please note that you will need your members only login to access the page.  Should you have any questions or comments regarding this page, please direct them to wpllc@cur.org.

 Newswise Press Release Subscription Service:

Newswise is an academic news distribution service that provides media with news leads from our member institutions.  Journalists receive this news by subscribing to an emailed Daily Wire.  From the wire, they review news releases and decide whether or not to follow up on any leads and contacts. 

CUR Institutional Members may submit releases to Lindsay Currie at lcurrie@cur.org. For more information, please refer to the following document: http://www.cur.org/pdf/newswise%20flyer.pdf.

 CUR In the News:

Washington Partners, LLC provides a news monitoring service. Please see the following articles below: 

Carroll College, MSU, tribal colleges receive $1 million research grant
May 24, 2012
The majority of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant will be used to support summer undergraduate research.
NSF Announces Six Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials Awards
May 29, 2012
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced six Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) awards as a result of the 2012 PREM competition.

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