Learning Through Research

Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research

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.  Over 300 participants reviewed the materials and took part in a lively question and answer session led by the publication authors.  The presentation, recording, and summary of the questions and answers are found below in the resources section.

On May 23rd, 2012 the Council on Undergraduate Research hosted a briefing on Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) at the National Press Club for approximately 55 higher education association staff, local institutions’ faculty and staff, and government agency staff. Introduced by CUR’s new 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. Roger S. Rowlett, Linda Blockus, and Susan Larson discussed this new document. Their lively remarks highlighted its multiple approaches to assist institutions and agencies in their qualitative evaluations of undergraduate research programs and to guide strategic planning and resource allocation. The event generated thought-provoking questions which the panel answered with examples of past experiences and suggestions for future actions. The event led to several potential new partnerships for the CUR National Office as well as new memberships.


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