2017 Education Division Award in Research

The Education Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) provides national and professional leadership in developing undergraduate research in the areas of teaching and learning, the learning sciences, teacher education, and related disciplines.

One goal is to provide financial support for undergraduate students for conducting education research and disseminating their findings. To this end, the Education Division is pleased to announce its Faculty-Student Collaborative Research in Education Award. Two (2) awards of $250 each will be made available each academic year to students in education majors and education-related fields.  Dual and double majors are also eligible to apply. Undergraduates at any stage of their undergraduate programs are encouraged to apply.

This collaborative research may be conducted as an independent study or as part of an extension of course-embedded research projects during spring 2017 through fall 2017. Ideally, the financial support would be used to pay for expenses associated with conducting the research.

Students should submit a 500-word proposal to the chair of the CUR Education Division, addressing the following points:

  1. The purpose of the proposed project. Provide a brief description of the issue, challenge, or problem, as well as the conceptual, theoretical, or practical framework that supports the need for the investigation and the significance of the work.
  2. A description of the research methods to be used to conduct the research.
  3. A timeline for the proposed activities, including the proposed outcome of the work (e.g., a paper and/or presentation/display).
  4. The venue at which the work will be shared (e.g., institutional celebration of student research; educational or other disciplinary conference) and the preferred format of delivery.
  5. A letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor.

The types of projects that would be considered for funding are the following:

  1. those that are consistent with education research at the undergraduate level and with the work of a novice researcher or a research dyad. (
  2. those that have potential for impact on student continuing engagement in research and inquiry in education and education-related fields.
  3. those that have an impact on professional practice at some level (the classroom, school, community, or an education-related area such as multicultural education or diversity).

Applications for the research award should be emailed by 11:59pm (EST) on March 1, 2017, to Dr. Ruth J. Palmer at The subject line should state "Faculty-Student Collaborative Research in Education Award." Applications will be reviewed by Education Division Councilors. Awardees will be notified by March 30, 2017.


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