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CUR Biennial Conference 2016

CUR Biennial Conference 2016

University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, FL - June 26-28, 2016

Future Date: July 1-3, 2018 - Crystal City, VA

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Important Things to Know:



Registration officially closed on May 25, 2016. 

Click here to view the full conference program.-updated 06/20/16

Notifications were sent regarding submitted abstracts on February 15, 2016.

For housing/hotel options, including on-campus (dorm) housing, click here.

About the Conference:

Advancing Undergraduate Research: Collaboration and Innovation in a Global Society

CUR is hosting its Biennial Conference,Advancing Undergraduate Research: Collaboration and Innovation in a Global Society”, at the University of South Florida, Tampa - Marshall Student Center, one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities. Serving some 48,000 students, the university offers a dynamic learning environment and a curriculum that inspires student success through innovation, creativity and collaboration. In situating the conference on Florida’s west coast, CUR will highlight the richness of its multicultural heritage, multi-linguistic diversity, and international connections, especially with its neighbors in the Caribbean and Latin America.

The 2016 CUR National Conference provides an opportunity for faculty, administrators, staff, academic and community partners, and policy-makers to share individual and collaborative investigations, either interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary, in local, national and international contexts, and to showcase models of undergraduate research activities at all types of higher education institutions. In addition, the conference features nationally-recognized keynote speakers who provide insight into current national/global trends and related fields of interest  

The overall goals of the conference are to highlight the value of undergraduate research and for participants – from two- and four- year colleges, universities and communities - to learn from each other to broaden the opportunities for undergraduates to participate in collaborative scholarly work and creative activities. Students who participate in undergraduate research are better prepared in their fields of study; as they learn problem-solving, critical thinking, and information and communication skills, they become adept in the practice of intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies within their multiple learning environments. Faculty who mentor these students contribute to the next generation of knowledge makers, creative thinkers and innovative leaders. 

In support of these efforts, this conference focuses on novel ideas, which when applied to any context, national and/or international, offer practical strategies and future directions. Conference participants will share their collaborative approaches and models that have helped strengthen undergraduate research in their institutions and in the communities that they serve —in plenary talks, exciting sessions and through formal and informal networking, the hallmarks of CUR conferences.

Conference Themes

The 2016 CUR National Conference will address the themes below across all disciplines.  Examples are provided under each listed theme, but submissions are encouraged that expand beyond the provided examples and even beyond the traditional presentation format (e.g. performances).

  1. Integrating and Building Undergraduate Research into Curriculum and Coursework

Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to topics such as:

  • Building and implementing curricula that are both research-based and support undergraduate research as an outcome of curriculum design. 
  • Linking undergraduate research and long- or short-term study abroad experiences.
  • Utilizing undergraduate research as a mechanism to improve retention and degree completion.
  1. Assessment of Impact of Undergraduate Research

Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to topics such as:

  • Monitoring and assessing undergraduate research programs’ impacts on students, faculty, curriculum, institutions and communities.
  • Using assessment data to improve institutional programs or measure the effects of undergraduate research.
  • Explaining how researchers have determined and communicated students’ learning outcomes, both academic and non-academic.
  • Articulating the return on investments in undergraduate research, and/or navigating through high-stakes transformations of curricula and/or departments focused on high-impact learning experiences.
  1. Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research

Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to topics such as:

  • Building inter-institutional partnerships (e.g. between 2- and 4-year institutions) to promote additional research opportunities for faculty and students.
  • Collaborating with underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in undergraduate research projects that address community-based issues.
  • Demonstrating effective practices for providing access to students and researchers from under-represented groups (low-income, first-generation, minorities etc.).
  • Developing and/or collaborating with programs that serve special education populations.
  1. Innovation and Collaboration in Undergraduate Research

Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to topics such as:

  • Expanding undergraduate research opportunities beyond academic institutions to community organizations (e.g. business and non-profit).
  • Introducing new models for mentoring that serve course-integrated undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Collaborating with discipline-specific professional organizations for the advancement of undergraduate research.
  • Examining rapidly-evolving innovations e.g. digital technology, new literacies, etc.
  1. Internationalization and Undergraduate Research

Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to topics such as:

  • Opportunities for research exchanges, research collaboration, and field research in international settings.
  • Addressing local issues that have global implications, e.g. community science and communications.
  • Applying undergraduate research in service of displaced peoples, migrant populations, prison populations.
  • Identifying opportunities for research exchanges with international students in the US.
  1. Other

Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to topics such as:

  • Emergent models and new directions for undergraduate research.
  • Avenues and resources to expand the continuing investment in undergraduate research.
  • Integration of undergraduate research with other high-impact learning experiences.
  • Areas not covered by any of the themes above.

Session Types

CUR 2016 offers the following types of sessions:

  • CUR 2016 offers the following types of sessions:

         *   Single Presenter – 20 minutes

         *   Dual Presenter – 30 minutes

         *   Panel Presentations (usually 3-4 people) - 60 minutes

         *   Performances – 30 minutes

         *   Performances – 60 minutes

     *   Posters – 2 hours

     *   Workshops – 2 hours

1.     Single presenter presentations will typically summarize research in progress and/or study results, models, or other innovative programs and techniques. These presentations are relatively short (20 minutes) and allow limited time for extended discussion. It is recommended that presenters provide handouts and contact information for attendees who may be interested in continuing the discussion at a later time.

2.     Dual presenter presentations involve two people presenting jointly on a topic of common focus and allows more time (30 minutes) for presentation and discussion.

3.     Panel presentations typically take the form of a series of related presentations on a shared topic by three to four (or more) presenters, including a moderator who should coordinate the session (60 minutes). Panels work best when the presenters interact with one another and the audience, and are organized around a series of questions. Presenters should represent a variety of perspectives on the panel topic. The conference planning committee may choose to organize individual submissions into panels and identify panel moderators, with consent of the presenters.

4.     Performances or displays (30 or 60 minutes) are means of highlighting faculty-student collaborative creative work and should include discussion by the presenter(s) about the process of engaging the students. A wide variety of projects are invited; performances can be live or on video, and displays can be either physical or digital.

5.     Posters are intended to afford a more informal atmosphere in which participants can share their ideas with conference participants across a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.  Posters can share work done to develop or strengthen undergraduate research institutionally or share examples of student projects, highlighting the various disciplinary models of undergraduate research. Posters will be on display for an extended time during the conference.  Presenters should be present during their designated poster session time (2 hours) to be available to discuss their work with attendees. Poster boards measuring 40” (width) by 30” (height) will be provided by CUR.

6.     Workshops (2 hours) are experiential participatory events on a topic or theme related to undergraduate research. After completing the workshop, participants should know or be able to do something new. Describe the activity and the specific learning objective(s) of the workshop in your abstract.  Also note what materials you may want to share with your audience in advance (keeping in mind ease of access and limited preparation time) or that participants will need to bring (for example, a computer or mobile device). You will be contacted by CUR after the session has been accepted to provide links or citations and instructions for participants, which will be made available to attendees before the conference.

CUR Conference Fees (Early-bird rates now through April 25th)

Enhanced Member - $520/After April 25 - $570

Institutional Member - $570/After April 25 - $630

Individual Member - $650/After April 25 - $690

Non-member - $690/After April 25 - $725

CUR Conference Housing Options, including on-campus (dorm*) housing 2016

To access the list of available conference hotels and on-campus (dorm*)* pricing, please click here.

*To register for on-campus (dorm) housing, please click login at the top of any CUR webpage Enter your username and password Browse to Conferences and Events-->Register for Upcoming Events Click the link to "View your registration;" then click on add event during the conference registration process to see and add the list of available on-campus (dorm) options.

Complimentary breakfast is included in all the rates [hotel and on-campus (dorm)]. Shuttle service is being planned for the CUR-designated hotel options. The CUT-OFF date to reserve a hotel room is Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The last day to register for on-campus (dorm) housing is May 25, 2016.

Ground Transportation (SuperShuttle):


If you experience any problems, call SuperShuttle Reservations at (800) 258-3826. They are open 24 hours a day to assist you.

Tampa Attractions:

For more information about the CUR 2016 Biennial, please contact Tavia S. Cummings, CMP, Manager for Institutes and Meeting Services via email at tcummings@cur.org or phone at 202.783.4810. x204.

Cancellation Policy

In general the cancellation deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted.  Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office at cur@cur.org prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a full refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge, but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee.

Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the National Office.

CUR always suggests that their registrants purchase low-cost travel insurance when booking their air reservations. Not only will this insurance cover your airfare in the event of cancellation but will also cover the registration cost for the meeting you were to attend.