Learning Through Research

Transforming Undergraduate Research Culture and Curricula (TURCC)

Transforming Undergraduate Research Culture and Curricula (TURCC) 

Next Offering: April 21-23, 2017 – New Jersey City University (NJCU)

Click here to submit your Application today! Deadline extended! Apply by March 23, 2017

Undergraduate research has been recognized as an effective high impact practice and one that benefits students, faculty and entire institutions. This workshop will bring together teams of three to five faculty members and administrators from institutions that are interested in institutionalizing existing research activities and who are interested in developing research rich curricula to support those goals.  

The traditional apprenticeship model of undergraduate research, where one or a small number of students work closely with a faculty member is powerful, but it is often difficult to scale so all students participate. At this CUR Institute, teams will explore multiple ways to think about scaling the benefits of undergraduate research to a larger percentage of students by integrating research into the curriculum. Ways to build capacity across campuses will also be discussed and numerous examples of successful programs will be shared.

The workshop will consist of plenary lectures interspersed with individual team meetings with CUR mentors.  The teams will begin the workshop by reflecting on the current status of undergraduate research on their campuses and by doing an inventory as they examine their institutional strengths, as well as the obstacles currently preventing achievement of the desired results. After this assessment, the teams will begin formulating mission statements, goals, and action plans for their own institutions. Particular attention will be given to developing research rich curricula. The event will conclude with the teams presenting their plans to the entire community. Throughout this process, the facilitators will be engaged with the teams in order to assist them in discussions and deliberations. Teams typically consist of at least one academic administrator, one or more department chairs, and several interested faculty members.

Draft Schedule

Date Time Session
Friday 4/21 3:15 PM Facilitators check-in
4:00 PM Participants check-in and welcome
5:00 PM Introductions and Overview
5:15 PM Opening Plenary: Changing the Culture Towards Integrating UR into the Curriculum
6:00 PM Team-based Meetings with Facilitators
7:00 PM Dinner and Social Time
  8:15 PM Departure to hotel
Saturday  4/22 8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Teams Meet with Assigned Facilitator
10:30 Break
10:45 AM Plenary: Different Models of UR in the Curriculum
11:30 AM Disciplinary Groups – Share-a-Thon
1:00 PM Lunch: Birds-of-a-Feather Discussion and Networking Tables
2:30 PM Team-based Meetings with Facilitators
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM Plenary: Integrating UR into Faculty Workload and Tenure and Promotion Standards
  5:00 PM Strategic Groups
  6:00 PM Dinner on Your Own
Sunday 4/23 8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Plenary: Examples of Integration from Two or Three Faculty Members at Host Institution
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Closing Plenary: Action Plan Report Out

 


Specific activities at the Institute will consist of:

  • Plenary sessions to explore topics common to most institutions and disciplines
  • Small group working sessions to develop an action plan
  • Discussion in disciplinary groups
  • Opportunities to share and brainstorm with colleagues at similar institutions
  • Activities to explore a variety of options for scaffolding UGR experiences throughout the curriculum and across the campus.

As a part of the Institute application, you will be asked to provide a 200-word narrative statement. This statement may describe any information you deem relevant to assist in the selection process. In particular, you should include the following:

  • A description of what you see as the future of undergraduate research at your institution, especially in the arts and humanities.
  • What outcomes you hope to realize through participation in the CUR Institute.
  •  A description of why a particular individual or why your team members were chosen to participate.

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

One $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. Team member substitutions are allowed. Should your team member withdraw your application, 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.

Host Hotel:

Marriott Courtyard Jersey City Newport

201-626.6600

Room rate: $154/ night 14% (single/double occupancy). Includes complimentary wifi.

Block ID: CUR

Block cut-off: Thursday, March 31, 2017 (Please contact this hotel on or before this date to guarantee rates). Block fills up very quickly.

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.