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Call for abstracts:
Green Chemistry Poster Session.
Attendees at the CUR 2006 conference conducting undergraduate or
community-based research in green chemistry, or who have adopted green
chemistry concepts in their lecture or lab courses are encouraged to
submit an abstract to share their work as a poster presentation. Please
bring copies of educational materials to share with attendees. When
submitting your abstract to CUR, please include the words "GREEN
CHEMISTRY" at the beginning of your poster title. Please contact Ed
Brush at email@example.com if you have any questions.
STEM 2020 Poster Session. Bio2010
and the NIH Roadmap propose integration of science instruction at the
undergraduate level with a strong focus on cellular and molecular
biology. We are seeking posters for an interdisciplinary
poster session presenting discussions of integration of
science teaching and research across disciplines in undergraduate
curricula. Posters may address discipline specific or broad implications
for all undergraduate STEM education of the implementation of the
practices and recommendations of BIO2010 (http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10497.html?onpi_newsdoc09102002)
and the NIH Roadmap (http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/).
Examples include experiences with integrated multidisciplinary courses
at all levels of the curriculum, facilitation of cross disciplinary
integration through faculty research collaboration and the use of
quantitative skills as integrating principles. Posters concerned
with administrative, budgetary and assessment issues raised by broad
curricular integration across traditional disciplines/departments are
also of interest. All submitted abstracts should include “STEM 2020”
as the first word of the title.
We are developing
information about the impact of undergraduate research that we might use
as part of our advocacy efforts and in writing research proposals.
It would be very helpful if you could send the National Office your
success stories. What would
be especially valuable for this effort is if you could trace an award of a
federal grant to your institution and undergraduate research to a
discovery that proceeded from the research phase into development and
eventually led to some noteworthy outcome such as a product innovation,
drug or medicine, a new material, or a new program.
It may be that over time several students worked on a project that
led to such a discovery or that a student began his/her work with you and
made a significant discovery later as part of doctoral or post-doctoral
research. Please e-mail your
stories to Nancy Hensel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Invitation to Contribute
to CUR’s Newest “How To” Book:
How to Design, Implement, and Sustain a Research-Supportive Undergraduate
Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Curricular Practices from Faculty and
Institutions Engaged in Undergraduate Research
Editors: Kerry K. Karukstis (Harvey Mudd College) and Timothy Elgren
The Council on Undergraduate Research invites you to contribute
to the newest volume in its series of “How To” books aimed at faculty
development issues involving undergraduate research. The new volume will
showcase successful practices that enable faculty and institutions to design,
implement, and sustain a research-supportive undergraduate curriculum. The
volume will focus on three broad areas: curricular elements and teaching and
learning strategies that develop critical research skills, curricular
infrastructure that enhances a research-supportive curriculum, and
administrative contributions that initiate and sustain a research-supportive
We are looking for contributions of "highlights" - short summaries
describing particular curricular approaches, methods, techniques, etc. developed
by faculty and administrators for their courses and programs of study to enhance
the research experience of students and the research culture of an institution.
Examples might be an inquiry-based laboratory or a projects-based course to
build research skills, graduation or major requirements that emphasize
communication skills, an interdisciplinary course or program that introduces
students to cutting-edge research fields, specific institutional infrastructure
and assessment practices that promote a research-supportive curriculum, or a
faculty-wide initiative to develop flexible curricular structures to provide
time for research within the curriculum. We anticipate many other innovative
If you or colleagues have successful "best practices" to share with
the undergraduate research community, we hope that you will participate in this
project. We welcome synopses of successful practices from all disciplines and
types of institutions. Highlights should be sent directly to Kerry_Karukstis@hmc.edu
as Word documents (500-1000 words; digital photos accepted) and are requested by
December 1, 2005 in order to begin the editing process. Please also direct any
questions that you might have to Kerry Karukstis at the above email address.
Posters on the Hill
Applications for Posters on the
Hill are due in the National Office by November 15, 2005. Posters on the Hill is
scheduled for April 11, 2006 in Washington, D.C. More information and the
application form are available at: http://www.cur.org/postersession.html.
Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs: A CUR/NCUR Collaborative
Note: As a result of Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic
damage to the city of New Orleans, the location of this institute has been moved
from Xavier University to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
The dates of the institute will remain February 3-5, 2006.
The purpose of the institute is to provide new directors of
undergraduate research programs the means to develop and effectively administer
their programs. This institute will also help seasoned directors disseminate best practices and
further build and improve their programs.
More information and institute application are available at: http://www.cur.org/institutes/isurp.html.
Use of CUR Logo:
National Office is often asked if the CUR logo can be used for campus
undergraduate research events. We
have developed a logo and statement that can be used on posters advertising your
event or in other publications. The
event needs to be one that is compatible with the CUR mission and the sponsor
must be a CUR member. If you would
like to use the logo and the statement, please contact the National Office at email@example.com.
Undergraduate Researcher's Graduate School Registry:
Please encourage your
students to sign up for the Undergraduate Researcher's Graduate School
Registry. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate
connections between undergraduates and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.
We have developed a new brochure for the registry and will be sending
out letters to graduate schools over the next few weeks. More
information and the submission form are available at: http://www.cur.org/ugreg/
The Speakers Bureau is available at: http://www.cur.org/speakers.html
If you are currently listed on the Speaker's Bureau, please review the
information and send any updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not currently listed and wish to be listed, please send
contact information, a brief biography, and a list of topics to the
CUR has Directories of Undergraduate Research in
several disciplines remaining in our inventory. The prices of
these directories has been reduced to $5.00. For available
disciplines, publication dates, and order forms, please visit http://www.cur.org/Publications/Directories.html
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for Ecological Education, Hastings, Michigan
is seeking grant proposals for student/faculty research projects.
The Undergraduate Research Grants for the Environment (URGE)
students, with support from a faculty mentor, to conduct an intensive,
full-time research project during the summer term.
Awards will be made based on the quality of the proposals.
Each student researcher will receive up to a $3,000 stipend and
each faculty mentor will receive up to a $3,000 stipend.
grantees can choose to use all or part of their stipend amount for
supplies, equipment, travel, or other research support for the project.
Each applicant can also request up to 12 weeks of on-site housing
and food support while conducting research at the Institute.
Further information and application guidelines and forms can be found
Change in Submission Dates for Academic Research
Enhancement Awards (AREA) Program
September 30, 2005
of Health (NIH), (http://www.nih.gov)
NIH has previously
announced the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program
applications are transitioning to SF424 (Research and Related [R&R])
forms and electronic submission through Grants.gov (http://grants.gov).
As part of that process, NIH has also decided to shorten the time from
submission to award and to change the submission dates for each cycle to
one month later. This will give applicants one additional month to
prepare the application. Beginning in 2006, the new annual submission
dates are: February 25; June 25; and October 25. Note: AIDS-related AREA
application annual submission dates remain as follows: May 1, September
1, and January 2.
Research Enhancement Award (AREA) –
new, competing continuation, revised, supplemental
and Award Cycles:
Project Start Date
Except for the newly
established submission dates noted above, all information and
requirements regarding the transition to electronic submission of the
SF424 Research and Research Related (R&R) forms remain applicable as
announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 19,
2005 (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-067.html).
Updates regarding the transition process are at http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt.
A revision to the current AREA announcement (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-053.html)
will be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts in
the near future.
Inquiries associated with this notice should be
NIH AREA Coordinator
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 3524
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 402-7989
Fax: (301) 435-3059
Hurricane Katrina Assistance:
A Message from Mary Crowe,
Xavier University of Louisiana,
I am not sure how many of you are aware of the dire circumstances affecting
institutions in the gulf region. Both Xavier and Dillard have announced faculty
cuts- more than 50% of faculty have lost their positions. In the case of Xavier,
tenured and untenured faculty members alike were cut.
IF ANY of you have temporary positions that need filling for spring semester,
please let me know. I will forward any positions on to faculty members who were
laid off and/or act as a coordinator for collecting cv's of our faculty that I
can pass on to you.
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