July 2013


National Office News

Save the Date: CUR Webinar on Research Ethics
Congratulations John Stevens
Is Your Campus Using the COEUR? Let Us Know How

CUR Institutes and Events

Fourth CUR sponsored pre-ISSoTL International Symposium

Opportunities and Announcements

Grant & Funding Opportunities
Fellowship & Intern Opportunities
Conferences & Events

Ongoing CUR Offerings

Join CUR on Facebook
Enhanced Membership
CUR in the News

Upcoming CUR Events and Deadlines

September 2013
      2 2014 Posters on the Hill Submissions Open
      9 Councilor Nominations Open
      16 Officer Nominations Open
      17 Webinar on Research Ethics Featuring the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE) CORE
      30 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Submissions Open

October 2013
      2 Pre-ISSOTL Conference Workshop, Raleigh, NC
      26-28 Conference of REU Student Scholarship & NSF SBE- REU Pre-Conference, Arlington, VA

November 2013
      Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution (dates to be determined)
      4 Deadline for Applications to Posters on the Hill
      8-10 Creative Inquiry in the Arts & Humanities Institute, California State University- Sacramento

December 2013
      6 NCUR abstract submission deadline

Previous Issues

 National Office News:

 Save the Date: CUR Webinar on Research Ethics

CUR Webinar on Research Ethics: Featuring the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE) CORE, September 17, 2013 2-3 p.m. Eastern time.
After the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandated instruction in the responsible conduct of research for NIH trainees, the National Science Foundation (NSF) adopted a similar requirement for all students supported on NSF research grants, including NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates site programs. To help faculty and administrators provide instruction in research ethics, NSF supported the creation of Ethics CORE, the national online ethics resource center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This webinar will review evidence-based best practices in ethics education, show how active learning techniques in ethics education can be incorporated into undergraduate research programs, and demonstrate how to use Ethics CORE.
Presenters include: C. K. Gunsalus and Michael Loui of NCPRE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Julio Turrens, Division Director, CUR At Large Division, and Associate Dean, College of Allied Health Professions, University of South Alabama.

 Congratulations John Stevens

CUR The Council on Undergraduate Research is very pleased and proud to have this opportunity to commend the career of Dr. John Stevens. Over the last 45 years at University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA), Stevens has shown tremendous leadership in the undergraduate research community. He was the first CEO of CUR and also co-founder of NCUR that started at UNCA over 25 years ago. John had visions of spreading the benefits of research with undergraduate students broadly, and he has been successful in doing so. A noted chemistry researcher and teacher, John leaves a lasting legacy of accomplishments in a variety of fields, and CUR is proud to claim him as a visionary leader in the undergraduate research movement.

 Is Your Campus Using the COEUR? Let Us Know How

The COEUR Task Force would like to know how CUR members and campus leaders are using the Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) document.  Has it been used in department meetings?  Setting goals for your undergraduate research office?  For strategic planning at your institution?  How are you sharing it with your colleagues?  Please use this link to go to a very short survey (~5 minutes to fill out) about your experiences using COEUR www.surveymonkey.com/s/COEUR-document-survey.  You can also contact Lindsay Currie at the CUR National Office ( lcurrie@cur.org) with any stories on how COEUR is being used on your campus so we can assemble and share a list of best practices for putting COEUR into action and maximizing its impact.

CUR Events and Institutes:

The Fourth CUR sponsored pre-ISSoTL International Symposium

Building on the successful meetings held prior to the ISSOTL conferences in Liverpool (2010); Milwaukee (2011); and Hamilton (2012), the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will be again be offering a pre-conference symposium October 2, at the ISSOTL 2013 conference in Raleigh, NC.

This year’s symposium is entitled: Developing a Comprehensive Undergraduate Research Program and Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum.
Undergraduate research, a topic of international interest, enriches student learning, enhances faculty productivity, and provides a host of other benefits to a campus (Clark et al., 2000; Noe et al., 2002; Lopatto, 2006; Johnson, 2007). Developing a comprehensive program, strengthening an existing program, and effectively integrating undergraduate research into the curriculum is challenging work. A successful integration of undergraduate research into curricula and campus programming requires support and participation from students, faculty, and administrators – and also requires sustainable structures, resources, and policies. Even effective programs often confront vexing issues linked to faculty workload, clearly defined roles within the undergraduate research enterprise, institutional valuing of undergraduate research, and student needs as apprentice scholars (Dickinson & Johnson, 2000; Fallow & Johnson, 2000; Johnson, 2002).
This symposium will focus on evidence-based practices that support the development and growth of comprehensive undergraduate research programs and curricula. Participants will work with colleagues from other institutions to craft practical strategies related to the following themes:
1. Connecting undergraduate research to the curriculum;
2. Mentor support and development;
3. Enhancing and evaluating student outcomes.
The program for the day will include brief keynote addresses, poster sessions around each of the three themes, and table discussions.  We will conclude with a discussion on how to foster international conversations on undergraduate research. 

All delegates are invited to submit a poster abstract by July 22, 2013 to Mary Pat Twomey at mptwomey@cur.org
Your abstract should be 250-300 words in length, and include the title, author(s), name of institution(s) and a brief summary of the project. 
If accepted, you will be asked to submit a pdf of your poster by September 6 for display on CUR’s web site before the event.  You should also bring a hard copy version with you (posters should not exceed 48 inches wide by 48 inches tall) for display on the day. Posters should include Title, Author(s), name of institution(s), and a brief summary.
For detailed information, including registration information please visit http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/special_offerings/preissotl/2013/.  

 Opportunities and Announcements:

 The CUR National Office has received the following announcements:

 Grant & Funding Opportunities

   LI-COR Expands Environmental Research Grant Program

LI-COR continues its commitment to undergraduate research by expanding their environmental grant program, now offering a photosynthesis package at a lower cost. The LI-COR Environmental Education Fund (LEEF) program now includes the LEEF Bud package, featuring the LI-6400XT Portable Photosynthesis System. Designed primarily for gas exchange and photosynthesis measurements, LEEF Bud can be expanded at any time with the addition of a fluorometer or other specialized chambers. Since 2007, LI-COR has provided over $4 million in grants to Primarily Undergraduate Institutions to help them acquire research grade instrumentation. Learn more by visiting the LEEF website.


   AAAS Seeking Nominations for 2013 Mentor Awards

The two categories of the AAAS Mentor Awards, the Lifetime Mentor Award and the Mentor Award, honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the science and engineering PhD workforce. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities. For more information and the criteria, please visit the AAAS Mentor Awards website.

   Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative

The Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) www.ccuri.org is a national consortium of community colleges dedicated to the development, implementation, and assessment of a sustainable model for integrating undergraduate research experiences into the community college biology curriculum.
  This national initiative was developed through the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program from the National Science Foundation. The $3.35 million initiative will be funded through summer 2015. The Initiative provides customized faculty development programs, curriculum development support, a link to a national database of research modules, and formative and summative program evaluation.
  Community Colleges from across the nation have eagerly joined CCURI. The following 35 community colleges are actively participating: Anoka Ramsey Community College, MN; Mesalands Community College, NM; Austin Community College, TX; Midland College, TX; Capital Community College, CT; Moreno Valley College, CA; Central Wyoming College, WY Muskegon Community College, MI; Cochise College, AZ; North Hennepin Community College, MN; Edmonds Community College, WA; Oklahoma City Community College, OK; Everett Community College, WA; Piedmont Tech College, SC; Gaston College, NC; Portland Community College, OR; Glendale Community College, AZ; Redlands Community College, OK; Ivy Tech Community College, IN; Seminole State College, FL; Kapiolani Community College, HI; Truckee Meadows Community College, NV; Lake Washington Institute of Technology, WA; Tulsa Community College, OK; McLennan Community College, TX; Volunteer State Community College, TN; Finger Lakes Community College, NY; Delaware Technical Community College, DE; Jamestown Community College, NY; Tompkins Cortland Community College, NY; Florida Keys Community College, FL; Bellevue College, WA; Mass Bay Community College, MA; Montgomery County Community College, PA; Minnesota State Community and Technical College, MN. In addition to active members/collaborators CCURI is building a network of two year colleges across the country including affiliates such as Western Wyoming Community College, WY, Sinclair Community College, OH, Harrisburg Area Community College, PA, Helena College, MT, Highlands College, MT, Massasoit Community College, MA, Mt San Antonio College, CA, Glendale Community College, CA, Antelope Valley College, CA, and Maricopa District (including 10 community colleges), AZ.
  Major events hosted by CCURI have included regional meetings, lab methods workshops, national conferences and student poster presentations. This spring CCURI received a NSF WIDER supplement of $133,000 to host a national conference in Washington, D.C. and collect data on barriers to implementing undergraduate research at community colleges. In 2013-2014, CCURI will host two regional student poster sessions one in New York City, NY in September 2013 and one in Phoenix, AZ in February 2014. CCURI will also host a 2nd annual national conference in Washington DC in fall 2014.
  For more information about CCURI, please contact Beth Van Winkle, Project Director at vanwinba@flcc.edu or 585.785.1291.

 Ongoing CUR Offerings:

 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'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/projects_and_services/registry/students/ 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.

 UR In the News:

Sharing the Wealth
June 20, 2013
Read this great update on Joyce Kinkead the 2012 CUR Fellow and how she put the Brian Andreen Student Fellowships to use.

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