Learning Through Research

Workshop: Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research

Regional Workshop Program on Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research


Overview and Institutional Eligibility

ccliIn 2007, The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program to expand the successful model of CUR’s annual, national-level Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research workshop using a regional approach.
The regional workshops were designed for institutions that do not have a tradition or culture of campus-wide engagement in undergraduate research. The workshops assisted participating institutions in articulating their goals for institutionalizing undergraduate research, and developed strategies to achieve these goals on their campuses.

Team Composition and Expectations

ccli2Each selected institution sent a four-member team, composed of faculty members and at least one administrator.
At the workshop, institutional teams had the opportunity to work directly with experienced facilitators who have successfully engaged students in undergraduate research and developed programs within their departments, institutions, regions, and at the national level. Examples of the broad topics addressed at the workshop included:
  • Developing a campus culture that supports undergraduate research
  • Highlighting successful undergraduate research programs and models
  • Promoting undergraduate research on campus
  • Sustaining an undergraduate research culture
Each team left the workshop with a customized and action-oriented plan to institute an undergraduate research program on their own campus. The participating institutions also had follow-up activities that were designed to 1) foster continuing and expanded interactions among workshop participants, 2) provide support during implementation of campus plans to facilitate sustainability, and 3) establish a community of faculty and administrators that share a mutual interest in undergraduate research. The major follow-up activities are listed below.
  • Continuing Facilitator-Team Interactions
  • Site Visits to Participant Institutions
  • Networking and Interactions with the Broader Undergraduate Research Community.

Application and Selection Criteria

Many institutions applied to be considered for participation in this exciting project. The online application included the following components:
Team composition
Narrative statement
Letter of Support
Mid-Atlantic Region – Penn State Delaware County College (PA)
September 28-30, 2007
"The workshop was a wonderful time for us to get away and have the time to focus on our vision for undergraduate research and to begin to construct realistic plans toward that vision. Our mentor was fabulous and led us through the weekend to a workable plan for this year and the coming year. Since returning to campus we have put our work to use in forming an undergraduate research task force and we are making progress on our short term goals for this year. In addition to the actual concrete result, it was also a productive "bonding" experience for our team." Charles Ross, Dean, Longwood College
Participating Teams:
Carlow University
Christopher Newport University
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Community College of Philadephia
Harrisburg University
Longwood University
Mary Baldwin College
Marymount University
Southeast Region – Spelman College (GA)
October 26-28, 2007
"The workshop was an invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues from other schools. We were able to pull together both a coherent vision for our campus and an achievable route to realize that vision in an amazingly short time." Robert E. Bachman, Associate Professor of Chemistry, The University of the South
Participating Teams:
Augusta State University
Bennett College for Women
Centre College
Lindsey Wilson College
North Georgia College and State University
University of the District of Columbia
University of the South
Western Carolina University
South Central Region – University of Texas, El Paso (TX)
January 18-20, 2008
Participating Teams:
Mesa Community College
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern State University
Tarleton State University
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Texas A&M University - Kingsville
University of Texas at Brownsville
The University of Houston
West Region - California State University - Northridge (CA)
February 15-17,2008
Participating Teams:
California Lutheran University
California State University Chico
California State University San Marcos
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego City College
University of San Francisco
Vanguard University
Whittier College
Northwest Region - Lewis & Clark College (OR)
February 29-March 2, 2008
Participating Teams:
Boise State University
Concordia University
North Seattle Community College
Pacific University
Rocky Mountain College
The College of Idaho
Whitworth University
Washington State University

Regional Locations

Penn State Delaware County, September 28-30, 2007
Spelman College, October 26-28, 2007
South Central
University of Texas, El Paso, January 18-20, 2008
California State University, Northridge, February 15-17, 2008
Lewis & Clark College, February 29-March 2, 2008
Buffalo State College, September 26-28, 2008
Hope College, October 10-12, 2008
Truman State University, October 24-26, 2008