Learning Through Research

Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities


Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute

Next Offering: November 6-8, 2015--Greensboro, NC

Application Deadline:

Click here to submit your application.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in July 2015.

The goals of the institute are to:
         Inform participants about current research on learning outcomes for students engaging in Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (URSC)
  • Provide models of URSC programs by a range of institutional types and budgets
  • Facilitate teams in defining a mission and overall action plan for URSC in the arts and humanities on their campus, developing strategies to meet those goals, and resolving challenges
  • Identify sources and strategies for obtaining funding, both internal and external
  • Define arts-and-humanities-friendly assessment mechanisms for the URSC program
  • Address workload and tenure & promotion issues for faculty who mentor URSC
  • Ensure that teams return to campus with an action plan that addresses all the points above
  • Identify mechanisms for post-Institute support and follow-up
The Institute will assist teams of 3-5 faculty and administrators in developing transformative opportunities for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (URSC) in the arts and humanities. Participants will:
  • Create customized plans for their own institutions to enhance URSC in the arts and humanities - in curricula, summer "research" programs, campus symposia, national conferences, and scholarly publications and showcases
  • Learn about successful models of URSC developed by and for scholars in the arts and humanities- not simply adapted from the sciences
  • Address challenges to student engagement in URSC, such as the need for language skills or other specialized training before beginning scholarly work
  • Discover new opportunities for student scholarship in the Digital Humanities, blogs & wikis, designs and compositions, research abroad and in the community, and e-portfolios
  • Gain insight into why students mentored in URSC succeed in the areas we value most in the arts and humanities:critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, intellectual curiosity, and analysis
  •  Learn how URSC improves retention, especially for students most at-risk academically
  • Find out about best practices for mentoring, administering, and funding URSC,particularly in disciplines without external grants available for undergraduate work
Institute sessions include:
  • Mentoring Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (URSC) in the Arts and Humanities
  • Administering, Funding, and Promoting URSC on your Campus
  • Building Research Skills in Arts and Humanities Curricula
  • Student Arts in the Community
  • Digital Humanities Projects for Students
  • Creating Humanities Posters
  • URSC Mentoring in Faculty Workload and Tenure & Promotion Portfolios
  • Internal and External Funding for URSC in the Arts and Humanities
  • Starting a Student Symposium on your Campus
  • Presentation & Publication Opportunities for Students in the Arts & Humanities
In your application, please include a 300-word narrative statement that provides the following information:
  • A description of what you see as the future opportunities for and challenges facing undergraduate research at your institution, especially in the Arts & Humanities.
  • What outcomes you hope to realize through participation in the CUR Institute.
  • A description of why particular members of your team were chosen to participate.
Application Fee:  $50.00, due with application
Institute Tuition and Fees:
Enhanced Member: $625/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. 






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


Host Hotel

Embassy Suites Greensboro

204 Centreport Drive

Greensboro, NC 27409

(336) 668.4535


Room Rate: $109.00/ night tax (single/double occupancy)

Includes internet, breakfast buffet and nightly receptions.

Cut-off Date: October 22, 2015

Block ID: Council on Undergraduate Research