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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 11, 2016 is Undergraduate Research Week.

Undergraduate Research Week 2017 will be celebrated during the week of April 3.  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.

Special NIH Presentation

Are you an Undergraduate Student with a passion for research, and interested in pathways to an exciting career in biomedical research?  CUR invites you to follow the career journey of Dr. Blake Weidenheft, and his use of the CRISPR gene-editing tool (for more information about CRISPR, see http://www.aaas.org/news/science-selects-crispr-genome-editing-tool-2015-breakthrough-year ). The Council on Undergraduate Research is excited to announce this special invitation to undergraduate researchers, from the prestigious National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Faculty mentors and undergraduate research program directors are also encouraged to attend, and share this information widely on their campuses.

Blake Wiedenheft, Ph.D., will give the first annual NIGMS Director’s Early Career Investigator Lecture on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. This free event is geared toward undergraduate students but open to all.

Sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, the lecture will take place at NIH and be videocast for viewing live or later.

Wiedenheft is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University who does research on the CRISPR gene-editing tool. This exceptionally promising new method was Science magazine’s “breakthrough of the year” for 2015.

Following a 30-minute talk about his research, titled “Bacteria, Their Viruses, and How They Taught Us to Perform Genome Surgery,” Wiedenheft will answer questions related to his career path.

Showcase what you are doing for Undergraduate Research Week!

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.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

This year, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) kicks off the start of Undergraduate Research Week.  The mission of 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.  This year, the thirtieth anniversary conference was held at University of North Carolina Asheville from April 7-9, 2016.  This year we saw over 4200 registrants.   It's all in the name of research... and we're back where it all started thirty years ago.



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#URW2016 Hashtag-a-thon

Building upon the past couple years' social media buzz, we encourage you to join us in a hashtag-a-thon throughout the week, by using the Undergraduate Research Week hashtag, #URW2016. Some suggestions for what to post are found below:
  • The thing I value most about UR is X #URW2016
  • Thanks to my UR advisor Dr. X for teaching me Y and Z #URW2016
  • Congratulations to my students X, Y, and Z who presented at ABC conference this year! #URW2016
  • I presented my research at X conference this year! #URW2016
  • My research was published in X journal this year! #URW2016
  • Congratulations to my student, X, who will be attending graduate school at Y institution next year. #URW2016
  • Thank you to X University/College for giving me an opportunity to do undergraduate research #URW2016
  • X University/College had Y students participate in Undergraduate Research/NCUR/Conferences this year! #URW2016
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!

CUR Publication Sale

To celebrate Undergraduate Research Week CUR is happy to offer discounted pricing on most 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 should use your CUR login to expedite your checkout process.  The sale ends May 1, 2016.

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.

Posters on the Hill

CapitolCUR will host its 20th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event, held April 19-20 aims to inform members of Congress of the importance of undergraduate research by encouraging them to talk directly with the student researchers. 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 once again 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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