Geneive Henry, Susquehanna University, Honored as 2024 CUR Fellow

Geneive Henry, Susquehanna University, Honored as 2024 CUR Fellow

Geneive Henry (Susquehanna University) is the first to be appointed a CUR Fellow under the latest 2024 rollout to the newly branded CUR Fellows Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Leadership (formally known as CUR Fellows Award).  The CUR Fellows Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Leadership  annually recognizes a CUR member who is a leader and role model within the undergraduate research community and whose career represents the values and ideals represented in CUR’s Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Dr. Henry is to be honored for her leadership and service as a role model for those involved in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities. Henry will be celebrated during a virtual Award Ceremony on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. You can RSVP to the ceremony here.

“Dr. Henry provides inspiration to all who participate in the vital work of undergraduate research, and most importantly, the new continuum of this Fellows Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Leadership,” said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer. “She truly exemplifies the spirit of a leader and mentor through her dedication to her undergraduate research participants and her steadfast determination to advocate for them and their access to the research experience.”

Dr. Geneive Henry is the Charles B. Degenstein Professor of Chemistry at Susquehanna University. She received her BS and PhD degrees from the University of the West Indies, Mona, and completed postdoctoral training at Michigan State University and Harvard University. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, prior to starting her independent academic career at Susquehanna University. She has directly mentored 73 undergraduate research students with majors in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Psychology, and 42 of these students have served as co-authors on peer-reviewed journal articles. Henry’s mentorship activities extend beyond her own research lab. She has led efforts to provide interdisciplinary research opportunities, both traditional and course-based, for close to 70 additional students through collaborative partnerships at Susquehanna University and other institutions, and has served as a co-mentor to some of these students. Additionally, she is a member of the mentoring team for the Susquehanna Women in STEM program. She prides herself on the training she provides her students in the research lab, stating that it has prepared them well for their careers after graduation no matter what they choose to pursue.

Henry is a recipient of several research and service awards including the 2020 CUR’s Chemistry Division Outstanding Mentorship Award, the Susquehanna Valley ACS section’s Joseph Priestley Service award, and Susquehanna University’s John C. Horn Distinguished Service Lectureship. Amongst her awards, she holds many published works, has presented her research and mentoring capabilities to a wide audience over the years, and has received a number of research-related grants, including NSF-funded Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell Scholar awards. Currently, she is a member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy’s Primarily Undergraduate Institution Committee and a Representative of CUR’s Chemistry Division.

“I would like to thank CUR for selecting me for this year’s Fellows Award,” stated Henry. “Receiving this honor from an organization that is dedicated to promoting excellence in undergraduate research is the highlight of my academic career. I would also like to thank my past and current research students who have trusted me to be their mentor. This recognition would not have been possible without their dedication to research. Each successive cohort of students has inspired me to be a better mentor, and now I’m more committed to my mission to provide opportunities for students to engage in the high-impact practice of undergraduate research.”

Jonathan Green, President, Susquehanna University stated, “The leadership provided by Geneive Henry to our students at Susquehanna University has been transformative, expanding access to high-quality undergraduate research experiences and mentorship. Geneive’s commitment to fostering curiosity and excellence among her students, and her passion for advancing knowledge and empowering the next generation, is an inspiration to her colleagues and students alike.”

“Susquehanna University has a longstanding tradition of providing undergraduate research opportunities that enable students to step into a lab alongside faculty researchers as early as their first year. Faculty members like Geneive Henry are integral in making this possible.” Dave Ramsaran, Provost, Susquehanna University continues with, “As noted by Geneive’s previous CUR recognition, she has dedicated herself to mentoring students and faculty from underrepresented groups, as well as nurturing collaborations across disciplines and universities. As a result of Geneive’s expert guidance over her more than 20 years at Susquehanna, our students have gained unparalleled hands-on learning opportunities that give them a competitive edge when applying to prestigious internships, their first postgraduate jobs or competitive graduate school programs.”

2023 AURA Awardees Announced: College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University; University of Florida; Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2023 AURA Awardees Announced: College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University; University of Florida; Worcester Polytechnic Institute

CUR Honors 2023 Recipients of the Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments

CUR congratulates its 2023 Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) awardees College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (CSBSJU) (St. Joseph, MN), University of Florida (UF) (Gainesville, FL), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (Worcester, MA). This award recognizes institutions with exemplary programs that provide high-quality research experiences for undergraduates. A celebration of these awardees will take place on June 11, virtually.

Now in its ninth year, the AURA award draws on CUR’s Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR), which outlines criteria for exceptional undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity programs. For AURA recognition, campuses must demonstrate depth and breadth in their undergraduate research initiatives and evidence of continual innovation. Institutions of different Carnegie classifications are considered for the award.

“The 2023 AURA recipients reflect achievements as leaders in undergraduate research that set their institutions apart. Each awardee has demonstrated a diverse portfolio of undergraduate research programs, building a culture around undergraduate research in their overall curriculums that increases engagement and practice, and investing in student-faculty recognition. These institutions exemplified steadfast commitment, no matter their size.”

Lindsay Currie, CUR Executive Officer

“The 2023 AURA recipients reflect achievements as leaders in undergraduate research that set their institutions apart,” said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer. “Each awardee has demonstrated a diverse portfolio of undergraduate research programs, building a culture around undergraduate research in their overall curriculums that increases engagement and practice, and investing in student-faculty recognition. These institutions exemplified steadfast commitment, no matter their size.”

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University

CSBSJU embraces an academically rigorous collaboration between two of the nation’s highest-rated liberal arts schools. CSBSJU launched the Emerging Scholars Program with the mission of making undergraduate research accessible to students from all backgrounds and abilities. This program caters to first-year students who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education or their field of study. Students who are selected into this program, are offered a full-time, paid, on-campus research position for an academic year under the mentorship of a faculty mentor. According to CSBSJU, 100% of the first cohort of students in the program graduated on time. Although CSBSJU has a young and growing program, almost 30% of all students are engaged in undergraduate research, and approximately 40% of faculty regularly serve as mentors. Even without the resources of most AURA-receiving schools, CSBSJU has built an enviable suite of programs that demonstrate how innovation driven by a clear vision can yield exceptional outcomes.  

“It is truly the highest honor for The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University to be named a 2023 AURA Awardee, as this award helps us amplify our story on a national level that we have known for quite some time at our institutions: that we are wholeheartedly a community that celebrates and invests in scholarship and creative work opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff.” Says Lindsey Gunnerson Gutsch, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholars at CSBSJU. “Since the introduction of CSC Day in 2001, you’ll see foundational pieces of our undergraduate research program be introduced and become part of our campus culture and traditions. Since 2017, institutional investments in staffing and resources have been made to build on that strong foundation and elevate undergraduate research into a signature experience, ensuring that any student could become a part of our scholarly community – which you can see in the nearly 1 in 3 of our students are doing research or creative work every year. I am particularly grateful that the Emerging Scholars Program, an initiative designed by myself, Dr. Kate Bohn-Gettler, and Dr. Mary Stenson, has been uplifted as an exemplary research program in the United States. Thank you to the faculty mentors and students who have been part of our cohorts. Recognition from the Council of Undergraduate Research that CSB+SJU embodies so many of CUR’s Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research is invaluable. I hope that receiving this award says to our current students and faculty in our scholarly community that we immensely value the work you do. I hope this award says to future students that if you want opportunities to ask and investigate your biggest questions, if you want to challenge yourself to be innovative and creative, if you want a faculty mentor and a community that will coach you and be by your side in the lab or in the studio, CSB+SJU and the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholars has a place for you. This is where you go in Minnesota for a scholarly and community-centered experience.”

CSBSJU Academic Dean Dr. Karyl Daughters adds, “We are thrilled by this recognition of the outstanding undergraduate research achievements on our campuses. This honor sheds light on the diverse opportunities offered at St. Ben’s and St. John’s, inspiring more students to participate in enriching research experiences.”

University of Florida

According to the Wall Street Journal, UF was ranked the number one public university with over 95 nations represented among their students, a 17:1 faculty-to-student ratio, and 40% of graduates reporting the completion of a research experience by graduation. UF has invested in funds for staffing and supporting research that has manifested through a diverse group of activities that share a long-term vision of providing “undergraduate research for all” via thoughtful and deliberate approaches delivered at an R1 institution with over 38,000 undergraduates. Despite the complexities inherent in a large R1 campus, UF has incorporated a creative and successful collection of opportunities to acclimate diverse high school (Summer Science Training Program) and entering students (UF Quest, Undergraduate Research Scholars and Emerging Scholars Programs) to early research experiences, including access for transfer students and an online research program. UF has demonstrated a meaningful way to prioritize undergraduate research through their programming and continues to be a valuable leader in the undergraduate research community.

According to the UF Provost, Dr. Scott Angle, “Undergraduate students have played an essential role in the University of Florida surpassing 1 billion dollars in research expenditures. The UF AURA award is an acknowledgment that our amazing students are doing amazing research here at UF. The research is making Florida better today and training better citizens to make a better future.”

In addition, Dr. Anne Donnelly, Director of UF Center for Undergraduate Research, explains, “The UF AURA award would not have been possible if not for the exceptional faculty who have served as research mentors to thousands of undergraduate students over the years. Also integral to the success of the program is the strong commitment of the UF Higher Administration, which has continued to support our efforts. Receiving the AURA award is a direct recognition of the collective efforts and time donated across colleges to help train and support undergraduate researchers.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

With more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across STEM-related fields, WPI offers a distinctive, noteworthy project-based curriculum that combines theory and practice to tackle critical global challenges. A unique and impressive data point, 100% of WPI’s full-time faculty are mentors to undergraduates in research as part of their teaching responsibilities. These mentorship responsibilities are mapped out across WPI’s increasingly complex and open-ended four-year research platforms that include, first-year projects on “Great Problems”, second-year inquiry or creative capstones in the humanities and arts, junior-year interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of technology and societal needs, and senior capstone research or design projects in the major.  WPI exemplifies how investing in their faculty and students, showing passion for undergraduate research, and building a career-readiness mindset around undergraduate research provides a model for many other campuses to follow.

“At WPI, our commitment to project-based learning has made us a leader in undergraduate research, design, and creative activity for over 50 years,” states Arne Gericke, Dean of Undergraduate Studies ad interim, WPI, “We understand the profound benefits that arise from fostering strong connections between our students and faculty researchers, empowering them to undertake projects of significance to our state, nation, and the world. We are deeply honored to receive the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment recognizing our dedication to transformational research, design, and creative activity as we continue to elevate this work to unmatched levels.”

Arthur Heinricher, Senior Vice President and Provost ad Interim at WPI adds, “We are grateful to The Council on Undergraduate Research for singling out the great work being done by WPI faculty, acknowledging the impact our approach has on preparing students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  While this award recognizes WPI’s decades of success in pioneering holistic undergraduate research and inquiry in courses and stand-alone project experiences, I think it underscores the importance of engaging students, at all levels, in research as a critical skill for the workforce of the future.  Our graduates will live in a world where innovation is demanded and practical skills must intersect with visionary thinking.”

Please join CUR and the undergraduate research community in continuing to celebrate these prestigious institutions and their achievements on June 11, 2024, from 2:00-3:30 PM ET. You can RSVP at   

NCUR 2025 to Take Place in Pittsburgh, PA

NCUR 2025 to Take Place in Pittsburgh, PA

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has selected the city of Pittsburgh to hold the 2025 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). In partnership with Duquesne University and the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE), NCUR 2025 will be an opportunity for undergraduate students and their mentors from around the country and the globe to present their research, celebrate their successes, and prepare for the future.

NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by hosting an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of student scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all disciplines. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement; provides models of exemplary research, scholarship, and creative activity; and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education. Each conference hosts thousands of students from across the globe, presenting their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts, and performances. Their faculty mentors also attend, often presenting or facilitating faculty/mentor networking sessions.

Duquesne University has been an engaged member of CUR for the last 25 years. They have leading undergraduate research programs and award-winning faculty. PCHE is a voluntary, multi-purpose consortium of eleven accredited colleges and universities in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The best and brightest undergraduate researchers, innovative faculty, and staff/mentors from around the globe will have prime opportunities to get involved and represent their discipline and institution at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. To have the support of eleven thriving institutions and its leadership will be pivotal to the success of NCUR 2025.

CUR Executive Officer Lindsay Currie said, “CUR is excited and grateful for the strong partnership with PCHE and Duquesne University. We will leverage the expertise of these two impactful organizations as we navigate what NCUR 2025 will bring to students, faculty, and the greater undergraduate research community. NCUR has continued to evolve since its inception in 1987 and we look forward to incorporating new offerings developed from this partnership for this professional meeting of scholars.”

“We are excited to welcome the National Conference of Undergraduate Research to Pittsburgh. This world-class event serves as a truly distinctive experience for students to share their research with an international audience,” said Duquesne University President and PCHE Board Chair, Ken Gormley. “Duquesne has a rich history of scientific and creative accomplishments and we continue to build on those successes. Our undergraduate students gain hands-on experience in the lab and out in the field early in their academic careers. Alongside our faculty, students conduct research on society’s most pressing challenges, including developing drugs to treat cancer and other diseases, addressing environmental issues, and improving ways to provide health care to our most vulnerable populations. Our summer Undergraduate Research Program is the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania and one of the most significant in the country. We look forward to growing the number of such experiences, including with our exciting, new engineering programs and the launch of our medical college, which will welcome its first class in the fall of 2024.”

Mark your calendars. NCUR 2025 will take place April 7-9, 2025. More information will be released in the coming months. If you are looking to participate in NCUR 2024, taking place in Long Beach, CA, submissions for both undergraduate research students and faculty/mentors are being accepted until December 8, 2023.