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CUR Social Sciences Division Fall 2013 Newsletter

CUR Social Sciences Division Newsletter

 
CUR Social Sciences Division Travel Awards

Travel Awards of up to $200.00 for Social Science Division Members

 
Call for CUR Councilor Nominations

CUR Councilors are the governing body of CUR. We are always in the market for new councilors who are eager to devote some of their time and...

 
CUR Publications Available
 

CUR Publishes several useful publications for faculty working with undergraduates in their research.
  • "How To Get Started in Research" , now in its second edition, written by Bert Holmes and Thomas Goodwin 
  • "How to Develop and Administer Institutional Undergraduate Research Programs", 1999, by Toufic Hakim 
  • "How to Get a Tenure-Track Position at a Predominately Undergraduate Institution", 2000, by Patricia Videtich, Michelle Bushey and Deborah Lycan. 
  • "How to Mentor Undergraduates", 2002, by Carolyn Ash Merkel and Shenda M. Baker.
  • "Reinvigorating the Undergraduate Experience", 2004, by Linda Kauffman and Janet Stocks.

Click here to order your publications online. 

Mentoring as a Socializing Activity

The term "social sciences" acts as an umbrella for an extraordinarily broad and diverse range of intellectual activities. It includes practices as quantitative as demography and as qualitative as ethnography. It includes activities like cognitive psychology that are near to the bench sciences, and those like semiotics that are near to literature. It includes research agendas with considerable external funding, such as decision theory, and those like cultural criticism that rarely receive significant grant support. This chapter will not attempt to explore the full breadth of activities encompassed by the social sciences label, but rather will talk about commonalities of mentoring undergraduate students across those fields. Our goal will be to help faculty members excite and encourage undergraduates about the possibilities that their fields entail.

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Become a Councilor

CUR Councilors are elected to 3-year terms and are expected to attend the yearly business meetings held in June where they participate in helping shape the future of CUR and undergraduate research. Each Councilor serves on a committee where much of the work of CUR gets done. Feel free to contact the current CUR social science Councilors directly with questions. If you are interested in becoming a Councilor please contact Beth Paul.

Student Travel Awards 
The Social Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster. After the meeting, a brief report about the experience is expected. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit the travel awards page.
 
Grant Preview Service
 

Experienced Division members (volunteers) will read rough drafts or nearly complete research proposals and can provide valuable feedback prior to final submission. National Conference Activities 
 
CUR Posters on the Hill
 
The Social Science Division also participates in Posters on Capitol Hill 
 
CUR PR Efforts
 
One of the most important behind-the-scenes activities of CUR is working on science policy and government relations issues with congress and the US federal agencies. Previous efforts by CUR were critical in realizing NSF's RUI program and NIH's AREA program. CUR continues to work with legislators to help them understand the importance of research in undergraduate education.  CUR Dialogues and the Posters on the Hill activities are directly targeted to doing this (see above). In addition, our Presidents and EOs have provided testimony to Congress about issues in undergraduate science education. 
 
CUR Institutes
 

CUR currently runs the following institutes — 

  • "How to Institutionalize Undergraduate Research" 
  • "Proposal Writing"
  • "Mentorship, Collaboration and Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities"

CUR-L ListServ
 

CUR members have direct access to each other and use it frequently. Here you can participate in debates about various aspects of undergraduate research, ask and answer questions about how others deal with certain problems, or do anything else you want it to do for you. Examples include "Should Social Science have more classes with 'formal labs'?" and "What's a good book to teach scientific writing?" Directions for subscribing can be found here.