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CUR Fellow Awards

CUR Fellows Awards Nominations

The nomination period for the 2018 awards is now open. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 20, 2017. Finalists will be notified in February 2017 to submit a more detailed application packet. The two 2018 CUR Fellows Awardees will be notified by Fall 2017 and publicly announced in Spring 2018.

The Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for the CUR Fellows awards. The CUR Fellows awards are presented at the biennial Conference to two CUR members who have enabled undergraduate research and creative activities at their institution through mentorship and demonstrated leadership activities. Each CUR Fellows Awardee also receives a Brian Andreen-CUR Student Research Fellowship to support undergraduate research and creative activities.

In sum, the CUR Fellows are leaders and role models for those involved in undergraduate research/creative activities. Biographies of past CUR Fellows can be found by using the menu to the right.

Recognizing that significant and meaningful scholarly/creative activities with undergraduate students can take many forms, the following criteria will be considered by the selection committee:

1) The nominee demonstrates a strong track record of enabling scholarly and/or creative projects involving diverse populations of undergraduates. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to:

  • Evidence of sustained involvement with undergraduates in research and creative activities
  • Post-baccalaureate success  of students who participated in undergraduate research, such as admission of students to postgraduate and professional programs
  • Engagement of varied student populations and backgrounds, as appropriate in the institutional context, in undergraduate research/creative activities

2) The nominee provides and/or facilitates mentorship to undergraduate researchers, scholars, or artists, who have produced significant work in their fields, or to faculty mentors of undergraduates engaged in research/creative activities. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to:

  • Mentoring undergraduates whose work leads to peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and/or juried performances/exhibits appropriate to the discipline
  • Recognition received by undergraduate mentees (e.g. awards)
  • Enabling mentors to institute or enhance research/creative activities with undergraduate students
  • Recognition received related to mentoring of undergraduate students in research/creative activities

3) The nominee secures support (e.g., extramural, internal, in-kind, etc.) for research and creative activities for undergraduate students. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to:

  • Securing grants, contracts, commissions, and/or gifts or realignment of institutional resources
  • Assisting mentors in identifying sources and securing funding to support undergraduate research and creative activities

4) The nominee spear-heads efforts to institutionalize undergraduate research on their campuses and beyond, particularly through their involvement in CUR. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to:

  • Publications and presentations about undergraduate research/creative activities
  • Innovative approaches to mentoring undergraduates
  • Incorporation of research/creative activities and experiences into courses, the overall curriculum, or otherwise enhancing the culture of undergraduate research on a campus
  • Advocacy of undergraduate research on the home campus, nationally, and/or internationally

While self-nominations are not accepted, any member of CUR many nominate another CUR member for the CUR Fellows awards. A nomination consists of a two-page letter highlighting the nominee’s contributions to all areas of undergraduate research and demonstrates how the nominee’s activities support CUR’s Strategic Pillars. Additionally, a two-page CV of the nominee should be included. Although abbreviated, the CV should detail the nominee’s contribution to undergraduate research/creative activity, ranging from mentoring undergraduate students with resulting publications and creative works to building institutional capacity for undergraduate research to promoting undergraduate research beyond the local level. The letter and CV must be submitted to the CUR National Office as a single PDF document, uploaded via the nomination website. (members.cur.org/members_online/submissions/substart.asp?action=welcome&cid=205)

The nomination period for the 2018 awards is now open. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2017. Finalists will be notified in February 2017 to submit a more detailed application packet. The two 2018 CUR Fellows Awardees will be notified by Fall 2017 and publicly announced in Spring 2018.

Questions may be addressed to cur@cur.org