Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) is based on the collective experience, over many years, of CUR members who have engaged undergraduate students in research, developed undergraduate research programs, mentored new faculty to include undergraduate research in their teaching repertoire, and coached universities in the development of undergraduate research programs. Roger Rowlett, Linda Blockus, and Susan Larson have drawn on this extensive knowledge base to design an instrument to assist institutions to self-assess the maturity of their undergraduate research programs. The instrument aspires to present the best practices in undergraduate research. It can be used as a guide for institutions that are striving to enhance the learning experiences of students through research. It can also be used as a beacon for institutions that are in the beginning stages of developing an undergraduate research program.
On April 17th, 2012 CUR hosted a webinar presentation on COEUR. The presentation, recording, and summary of the questions and answers are found in the resources section.
On May 23rd, 2012 the CUR hosted a briefing on COEUR at the National Press Club. Introduced by CUR’s EO Elizabeth Ambos, and moderated by Dr. Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Dean of McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati, and 2011-2012 Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences President, panelists and COEUR authors Drs. Rowlett, Blockus, and Larson discussed this document.
How well is your institution meeting the COEUR guidelines?