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Undergraduate Research Week

Undergraduate Research Week

On November 16, 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives declared the week of April 11, 2011 as "Undergraduate Research Week". Since that time, each year CUR has designated a week in April as "Undergraduate Research Week".  This year the week of April 14, 2014 is Undergraduate Research Week.

Undergraduate Research Week 2015 will be celebrated during the week of April 13.  Consider planning your celebration days and other special events during this week, and next year be sure to send your event information to Robin Howard at robin@cur.org for inclusion on the event listing website.  You might also write to your local government, such as Governors, County Executives, Mayors, etc to ask them to name this week Undergraduate Research Week for your jurisdiction.

A Message from Humboldt State University

#URW2014 Hashtag-a-thon

New this year, we encourage you to join us in a hashtag-a-thon throughout the week, by using the Undergraduate Research Week hashtag, #URW2014. Some suggestions for what to post are found below:
  • The thing I value most about UR is X #URW2014
  • Thanks to my UR advisor Dr. X for teaching me Y and Z #URW2014
  • Congratulations to my students X, Y, and Z who presented at ABC conference this year! #URW2014
  • I presented my research at X conference this year! #URW2014
  • My research was published in X journal this year! #URW2014
  • Congratulations to my student, X, who will be attending graduate school at Y institution next year. #URW2014
  • Thank you to X University/College for giving me an opportunity to do undergraduate research #URW2014
  • X University/College had Y students participate in Undergraduate Research/NCUR/Conferences this year!
Because many of these might be longer than a standard tweet, we suggest posting to our facebook page. If you’re not already a fan, check it out today!

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Held just before Undergraduate Research Week, the University of Kentucky hosted NCUR 2014, April 3-5.  The mission of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.  The conference program included a record number of students presenting their research including: creative presentations in oral, poster/exhibit, and performance sessions scheduled across the University of Kentucky campus. In addition, there were presentations by faculty in Faculty Administrator Network (FAN) sessions; a Graduate and Professional School Fair representing programs from across the United States; four plenary/keynote speakers; and social events and excursions.
To see a snapshot of the happenings during NCUR2014, visit the NCUR 2014 Tagboard.  Also, check out the video about NCUR below.

CUR Publication Sale

To celebrate Undergraduate Research Week CUR is happy to offer discounted pricing on all CUR publications.  The prices are reduced off the member rate, so this is the absolute best time to purchase for members and non-members alike.  Orders must be placed online to receive the discount.  Please visit the online store to see available titles and make your purchase.  Please note that you do not need to login to receive the discounted pricing, but it will expedite your checkout process.  The sale ends April 30, 2014.

Donate to CUR

Please consider making a donation to CUR to further our efforts in supporting undergraduate research.  We greatly appreciate your support of our programs and services.  To donate, please visit our donations page.

Campus Events

CUR has created a listing of special events planned around Undergraduate Research Week. Please view the list of events. To submit your event, please send a two or three sentence statement of the event(s), your campus logo, a link to the press release and/or website, and/or a photograph to robin@cur.org.

Posters on the Hill

CapitolThough after the formal Undergraduate Research Week, CUR will host its 18th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event, held April 28-29 will aim to help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by encouraging them to talk directly with the students whom these programs impact. It is increasingly important that the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress who provide funding for research and education have a clear understanding of the programs they fund and why these programs are important. Undergraduate research must be among those programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported.  This year we are especially happy to announce that students will be visiting The White House to hear a Young Professional Panel.

Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

The Registry of Undergraduate Researchers is one tool that undergraduate students can use to assist them in their pursuit of a graduate degree. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Currently the Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in nearly all fields.  For more information please visit the registry homepage.

Resources Pages

One of CUR's greatest strengths is our membership base.  Members are always willing to share resources and ideas.  Please check out our new Resources Pages.  These lists are for all undergraduate research practitioners, be they individual faculty, students, or institutions.  The lists are interactive, so we hope that if you know of an additional resource that is not listed, that you will add it using the submission page link at the bottom of each listing.

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