We invite you to apply to send a team to a new Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) institute aimed at broadening participation and increasing access to and diversity in STEM programs. PIs with graduate programs can no longer be successful in obtaining funding by providing lip service with respect to broader impacts. Institutions accepted will send small teams of 3-5 faculty and administrators who will work together to craft an action plan to implement change on their home campus. The institute is designed 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.
Examples of plans that teams have developed at past institutes include:
- using work study funds to support first year and sophomore students in undergraduate research;
- collaborating with admissions to develop (and attend) recruiting events in inner cities;
- developing STEM curriculum to be culturally sensitive;
- facilitating a series of mentoring workshops for faculty (and graduate students) about effective mentoring strategies for all, making sure issues faced by URM are directly attended to.
Three key themes that will weave throughout the institute include 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.
Although the NSF grant 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.
(1)The Council on Undergraduate Research is grateful for the support of the NSF BIO IOS grant 12-49925 (Principal Investigator: Mary Crowe)
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 and housing 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. Please ask your travel agent about it.