Learning Through Research

2016 Nominations Vetting Committee Elections

 

Biographical Information

 
Biographical sketches for the nominees are provided below. Once you have reviewed these bios, please visit the ballot page and login using your CUR Username and password.  Should you need a reminder of this information, please visit the forgot password page.
 

Sara Orel (Arts and Humanities)

Karen Lee (Biology)

Kelly Massey (Health Sciences)

John Armstrong (Physics and Astronomy)

Katherine Kipp (Psychology)

 

Sara Orel (Arts and Humanities)

I would like to serve as a member of the Nominations Vetting Committee, because it is the best way I can see to contribute to the future of CUR in a different way from my recently-completed term as chair of the Arts and Humanities Division and a member of the Executive Board. I have been involved with CUR as a member since 2006 and a councilor since 2009; my first time attending NCUR was in 1999, a decade before the two organizations were merged. From that first NCUR experience, through to my involvement as a councilor and then chair of my division, I have become more and more dedicated not just to the individual research of my students, but to the broader goals of developing faculty as mentors, cheerleaders, and advocates for their own student researchers, as well as to communicating the importance and potential societal value of an undergraduate research experience to administrators and those outside of academia.

Prior to my being elected to the CUR Council I spent three years as chair of the Truman State University “Undergraduate Research Committee.”  While this was not an administrative position I organized and ran three university-wide research conferences, soliciting student participation and publicizing the event, arranging visiting speakers of national and international renown, and designing and editing the various publications associated with the program.  Through this service I interacted with and mentored faculty and students who pursued scholarship and creative endeavors in a wide variety of disciplines, with varied approaches and definitions of "research."  This interdisciplinary experience has been an important component of my continued involvement with university service, and has helped me have a broad view of what research is and can be in higher education.  I have mentored undergraduates in research on a one-on-one basis since I began teaching Art History in 1991. These students have not been limited to my own department, but have included Area Studies, International Development, Museum Studies, and Archaeology.

Most of my work with CUR so far has been within the AH Division and as a presenter and moderator at the CUR conferences I have attended, but through my service on the E-Board I have learned a great deal about the way CUR integrates a variety of constituencies and educational institutions to promote the broad goal of embedding and promoting undergraduate research.  It is important for me to continue to participate beyond the divisional level, and service on the Nominations Veting Committee is a way to help with the mission and growth of CUR. 

Karen Lee (Biology)

For 20 years, I was a faculty member in the Biology Department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pitt Johnstown), a small, rural, public PUI. During that time, I mentored 40 individual undergraduate research students, some for multiple academic terms, in freshwater and marine ecology projects. In June 2016, I moved to George Mason University as the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR).

I have been active in CUR since 2002 and a Biology Councilor since 2004. Within the division, I have served on the Division Website Committee, the Biology Mentor Awards Committee, and as a reviewer for Posters on the Hill. CUR-wide, I have served as the Biology Division representative to the Nominations Committee, the Program Incubator Committee, the CUR Fellows Task Force, and as a Program Reviewer. I have also served in several ad hoc positions. In 2006-2007, I was appointed to the Nominations Task Force, which recommended changes in CUR governance, and I subsequently chaired the subcommittee which developed guidelines for the Nominations Vetting Committee. More recently, I was a member of the search committee for the Editor in Chief of the CUR Quarterly, and chaired the Bibliography Subcommittee of the Integrating Research into the Curriculum Task Force. I have presented at the CUR National Conference or the UPRD Conference, at every opportunity since my election to council.

At Pitt Johnstown, I was one of the founders of the Natural Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium and chaired its successor, a campus-wide symposium (Pitt Johnstown SPACE) for 12 years. From 2008 to 2016, I was the first Undergraduate Research Coordinator for the campus, in addition to my full teaching load. I administered two small grant programs, a fall faculty/student symposium, a spring campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, and a multidisciplinary summer undergraduate research program. I had several positions in faculty governance including Vice President and President of the Pitt Johnstown Faculty Senate.

Everything I know about undergraduate research I learned at CUR conferences, business meetings and institutes, and I learn something new every time I attend a CUR event. CUR has been instrumental to my professional development and my growth as a mentor and undergraduate research facilitator. I am running for a position on the Nominations Vetting Committee because I would like to give back to CUR, to support an organization that has supported me so well.

Kelly Massey (Health Sciences)

I am a first time CUR Councilor for the Health Sciences Division and am very proud to serve as chair for 2016 - 2017. I attended my first meeting this past June and was excited to meet other councilors and board members. I was also just recently invited to serve on the Student Program Task Force as well. While I am new to this organization, I am extremely excited to help further undergraduate research and other undergraduate student programs.  I have mentored undergraduates in research for the past six years and have had them present their findings at multiple regional conferences around the Southeast. I am currently working with two groups of student researchers who are excited to potentially present at conferences next year.

I would be honored to be elected to the Nominations Vetting Committee as it will assist me in learning more about the CUR organization as well as allow me to contribute in a different perspective.  As Georgia College becomes more involved in undergraduate research, I look forward to propagating the mission of CUR to all areas of the university.

John Armstrong (Physics and Astronomy)

I am a professor of physics at Weber State University specializing in astronomy, planetary science, and computational astrophysics. My work focuses on involving undergraduate students in planetary climate research, high performance computing, and numerical analysis. I am currently a team member with the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory and NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science. 

I have served as a CUR councilor for the Physics and Astronomy Division since 2010. I assist the division through management of our webpage and Facebook page. I also serve as the representative to the nominations committee and help recruit new councilors for the division. I served as chair of the Integrating Research into the Curriculum Task force for two years. I have also participated in the 2015 Metropolitan State University Physics Program Review as an external reviewer.

Outside of CUR, I am chair of the Weber State Research,  Scholarship and Professional Growth committee that oversees the selection of research awards from faculty proposals. This includes the Hemingway Collaborative and Excellence awards and the Gwen Williams Prize for Scholarly Excellence. I also serve on the Office of Undergraduate Research Advisory Council.

Katherine Kipp (Psychology)

I would like to be elected to the NVC. I’m a new Councilor in the Psychology Division and am eager to find ways to contribute to CUR. I am particularly interested in the issues of diversity and inclusion in CUR. I am also interested in increasing the representation of 2-year campuses in CUR. While new to CUR, I’m not young! I’ve been in academia, and supervising undergraduate researchers, for 25 years and I am a full professor. I have lots of experience in service and evaluations, which I expect will help me serve on this committee. I don’t bring any CUR experience, but I hope my eagerness will outweigh that. Finally, since I’m new to CUR, I’ll be able to serve the full 3-year term of the committee.