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The CUR email server was down from October 18 until October 31st. As a result, very few emails were received. If you tried to contact the CUR National Office and received an error message, or have not yet heard back concerning your matter, please resend your email or contact the National Office at (202) 783-4810.

National Conference 2006:

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 ebrush@bridgew.edu 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. 

A Request:  

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, nancy@cur.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 (Hamilton College)
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 curriculum.
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 ideas.
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 2006:

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.  

Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs:  A CUR/NCUR Collaborative Institute:

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: 

The 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 cur@cur.org.

Ongoing Programs:

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/

Speaker's Bureau:

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 curmember@cur.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 national office.


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   


The 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) program enables 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.  Faculty 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 at:


Washington News:

Change in Submission Dates for Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) Program

Notice Number: NOT-OD-05-080

Key Dates
Release Date: September 30, 2005

Issued by
National Institutes 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.

Submission Cycles:

 Cycle I

 Cycle II

  Cycle III

Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) – R15
new, competing continuation, revised, supplemental

February 25

June 25

October 25

Review and Award Cycles:

Cycle I

Cycle II

Cycle III

Scientific Merit Review

June - July 

October - November

February - March 

Advisory Council Review

September - October 

January - February 

May - June 

Earliest 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 directed to:

Linda Stecklein
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
E-mail: stecklel@od.nih.gov

Hurricane Katrina Assistance:

A Message from Mary Crowe, Xavier University of Louisiana, mcrowe@xula.edu

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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