CFP, Big Data (spr & sum 2019 SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research)


Issue Theme:
“Big Data as a Tool to Promote Undergraduate Research”

Editor-in-Chief: James LaPlant
Issue Editors: Laurie Gould, Janice DeCosmo
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2018

The theme of the spring and summer 2019 issues of SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (formerly CUR Quarterly) will focus on big data as a tool to promote undergraduate research. Five to six articles from a wide range of disciplines are sought that explore how the applications and use of big data serve to facilitate undergraduate research in a variety of educational and professional contexts. In addition, vignettes (maximum 300 words) are welcomed that offer concrete, creative suggestions with regard to the connections between big data and undergraduate research. Examples of topics of interest include the following:

  • Assessment of the impact of undergraduate research projects involving big data
  • Promotion of undergraduate research through big-data projects across institutions
  • Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary applications of big data in the context of undergraduate research
  • Ways that big data (or publicly available large datasets) have been leveraged for course-based research projects or for undergraduate research in online learning
  • Technological applications in the use of big data to promote undergraduate research
  • Applied research or community-based research using big data in the context of undergraduate research.


June 1, 2018: Submission deadline for short (300–500 words) prospectuses of proposed articles or vignettes; submit at the SPUR website

June 18, 2018: Acceptance notifications issued

September 1, 2018: Submission deadline for final articles (2,000–3,500 words)

Questions? Email the editors

The editors encourage the sharing of this CFP with colleagues. They are equally interested in articles pertaining to any aspect of undergraduate research that may not relate to the theme. Such manuscripts may be submitted at any time through the SPUR online system.​

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