Learning Through Research

Broadening Participation Institute

Broadening Participation Institute

 
Next Offering: March 7-9, 2014 - Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC
Application deadline: January 31, 2014
 
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Hotel Information

Doubletree by Hilton Charlotte
895 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704.347.0070
 
Room Rate: $85/night + 15.25 tax (occupancy + sales tax)
ID Block: Council on Undergraduate Research
Block Cut-offf Date: February 14, 2014
 
 
 
This new Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) institute is designed to help colleges and universities broaden participation in and increase access to and diversity in STEM programs. The institute is intended for faculty and administrators to develop (or enhance) their knowledge, skills, and competencies in increasing access, fostering diversity, and creating an inclusive environment for students from underrepresented groups. An expressed goal of the institute is for participating institutions to develop an authentic program in support of broadening participation of students from underrepresented groups.
 
Three key themes will weave throughout the institute - preparation, climate and mentorship. Each day will include lectures, case studies, and break-out sessions—facilitated by leaders in the field, including higher education professionals and university faculty and administrators—that are designed to promote networking and collaboration. The discussions will inform and prompt discussion about current solutions to broadening participation of underrepresented students and to stimulate new creative solutions. Institute participants will walk away a notebook of resources and personal connections that will help them increase participation in a wide and diverse population of students. Institutions should send small teams of faculty and administrators who will work together to craft an action plan to implement change on their home campus.
 
Although the NSF grant (1)to support the development of the institute came from the Biological Directorate, specifically Integrative and Organismal Systems individuals from a variety of STEM fields are encouraged to attend.
 
The institute will begin Friday evening March 7th and conclude at noon on Sunday March 9th. It will be held at Johnson C. Smith University (a Historically Black University) located within a few miles of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, in the vibrant city of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Institute will consist of:
  • Plenary sessions to explore topics common to most institutions and STEM disciplines
  • Small group working sessions to develop an action plan to broaden participation in your department/college
  • Opportunities to share and brainstorm with colleagues at similar institutions
  • Activities to explore a variety of options for broadening participation in STEM disciplines
 As a part of the Institute application, you will be asked to add a 300 word narrative designed to identify your current practices, and your future vision for broadening and diversifying your programs. This statement may describe any information you deem relevant to assist in the selection process. In particular, you should include the following:

1.     What is your vision for what your institution will be doing in five years to increase access to and diversity in STEM, particularly IOS fields? In the context of your vision, briefly discuss why each member of your team was chosen to participate in this institute.

2.     What programs focusing on preparedness, climate, and/or mentorship does your institution currently have for increasing access to and diversity in STEM? Provide 2-3 sentences describing each.

3.     For each, briefly describe their programmatic strengths and challenges. 

4.     Given your answers to the questions above, briefly describe at least two outcomes for each item below that you hope to realize through participation in the CUR institute:

a.     Preparedness

b.     Climate

c.     Mentorship

(1)The Council on Undergraduate Research is grateful for the support of the NSF BIO IOS grant 12-49925 (Principal Investigator: Mary Crowe), and appreciates the opportunity to partner through this grant with The Learning Alliance (TLA) and American Physiological Society (APS).

Fees:

Application Fee:  $50.00, due with application
Institute Tuition and Fees:
Enhanced Member: $675/person
Institutional: $750/person
Individual Member: $825/person
Non-Member: $925/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.
 
 

Cancellation Policy

In general the cancellation deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted.  Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office at cur@cur.org prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a full refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge, but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer 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.