Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution Institute
Next Offering: November 20-22, 2015, TBA
Anticipated Application Deadline: September 25, 2015
Applications will be available in July 2015.
Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give individual pre-tenured faculty members the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses. A range of topics will be covered during the institute that show ways to achieve career success in undergraduate research by learning how to:
� select undergraduate researchers
� mentor student researchers and develop and use their research skills
� manage time - balancing teaching, research and service activities
� develop and select research projects appropriate for undergraduates
� adapt to an undergraduate research environment vs. that in graduate school
� link research to the classroom and
� develop grantsmanship skills related to gaining external and institutional research support
Before you apply, please review the following information about your Narrative Statement, which must be provided at the time of application.
As a part of the Institute application, please provide a one paragraph narrative statement in which you
� describe what you see as the future of undergraduate research at your institution and
� what outcomes you hope to realize through participation in the CUR Institute.
In addition to the paragraph, please pose 3 questions that you hope will be discussed during the Institute. If you wish, you may choose questions from the following list.
1. What should be my research expectations for undergraduates?
2. When should I submit my first grant proposal?
3. I find myself in a department in which research is expected but not yet valued. What strategies can I use to overcome the notion seemingly held by some of the faculty that classroom teaching is much more important than supervised research and that research detracts from a teacher's classroom performance?
4. In addition to learning about the research process, independent thinking, use of research instruments, etc., what else should students gain from a research experience?
5. How do I establish rules (e.g. lab safety rules) and ensure that students obey them?
6. How do I use my department's curriculum and my particular classes to attract students to do long-term research projects in my lab?
7. How do I establish continuity between students coming into and leaving my research group so that I can keep the research program going nearly continuously?
8. How do I introduce research into my classroom?
9. My institution does not have a grants and contracts office (or has one that is not well-staffed). How do I find the time to find appropriate funding agencies and prepare and submit research grant proposals?
10. What institutional and departmental policies and practices should I expect that will encourage or support my research with undergraduates?
Application Fee: $50.00, due with application
Institute Tuition and Fees:
Enhanced Member: $675/person
Individual Member: $825/person
A $50.00 application fee is due at the time of application. Should you be accepted to attend the Institute, your application fee will be applied to your tuition fees. In the event that CUR does not accept your application, the $50.00 application fee will be refunded. Should you withdraw your application or elect not to participate in the Institute, the $50.00 application fee will be forfeited. Should your institution send a team, an application fee must be paid for each individual on the team. In the event that team members are changed, the application fee may be transferred. Should a team member drop out, the application fee will be forfeited.
Upon notification of acceptance, CUR will invoice your institution for the amount of $675 per accepted participant (CUR Enhanced Members), $750 (CUR Institutional Members), $825 (CUR Individual Members) or $925 (Non-CUR Institutional Members). If you are not sure whether your school is a member, please refer to the list of Enhanced and institutional members by clicking here or contact CUR's Director of Membership. A $50.00 credit will appear on your invoice for any application fees received. The registration fee includes all sessions, materials, and meals (Friday evening through Sunday noon). Transportation to the hotel from an airport or train station is the responsibility of the registrant
All tuition fees are due thirty calendar days prior to the start of the event. To guarantee that a place is held, payment for the institute must be received in the National Office by this date, unless prior arrangements are made with the National Office. Participants that have not paid may be dropped from registration, unless payment arrangements have been made with the National Office. In the event that a participant is dropped from registration, the application fee will not be refunded.
Should your team need to cancel or any individual member of the team cancel, the National Office must receive written notice of the cancellation thirty calendar days prior to the Institute. In the event of a cancellation application fees will not be refunded. Cancellations received before the cancellation date will not be held responsible for registration fees, however the application fee will not be refunded. Participants canceling after this date will be responsible for the full fee. Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the National Office.
CUR always suggests that their registrants purchase low-cost travel insurance when booking their air reservations. Not only will this insurance cover your airfare in the event of cancellation but will also cover the registration cost for the meeting you were to attend. Ask your travel agent about it.