CFP, Confronting Failure (a CUR publication)

Call for Proposals

Confronting Failure: Approaches to Building Confidence and Resilience in Undergraduate Researchers

Edited by Lisa Corwin (UC Boulder) and Lou Charkourdian (Haverford College)
with Jen Heemstra (Emory University)

The Council on Undergraduate Research open-access publication Confronting Failure: Approaches to Building Confidence and Resilience in Undergraduate Researchers is envisioned as a compilation of approaches to addressing failure during undergraduate research for students, mentors, and administrators. The publication aims to provide encouragement, lessons learned, and effective methods for addressing failure during research for undergraduate research students and mentors that can be applied to individual situations. A range of disciplines and institutional types is expected to be represented, as well as diversity of authors and student populations covered. The editors welcome submissions related to both traditional undergraduate research experiences and course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs).

The editors invite 300-word proposals for case studies that might pertain to one or more of the following areas:

  • Approaches that can assist populations of students that may need additional support such as first-generation students, community college students, and underrepresented students, including those that may include issues of privilege
  • Approaches that suggest a negative experience can translate into a positive one (e.g., a failure in one line of inquiry can lead to a new, more productive line of inquiry)
  • Approaches that address ways for mentoring through failure for students and mentors
  • Approaches that address mental health issues for students and mentors who have experienced failure
  • Techniques that can be used in the classroom or research setting to discuss issues of failure and build confidence and resilience in undergraduate researchers
  • Approaches that support development of mind-sets and attitudes that proactively prepare students to confront and cope with research failures
  • Descriptions of institutional structures or resources that help students navigate research failures

The editors welcome proposals for similar topics that are not specifically listed here.

Submission details. Please submit proposals by May 1, 2021, to The editors will review the proposals and contact authors by May 28, 2021.Questions? Contact the editors at

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