ConnectUR

Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21, 2024 – Online
Monday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 26, 2024 – Onsite at The Hotel in College Park, MD

7777 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland 20740 

2024 Theme: Undergraduate Research: What’s Next?

What is ConnectUR?

The annual ConnectUR conference will provide a forum around undergraduate research where on-site and online attendees can draw on knowledge exchange, scholarship of teaching and learning, group discussion, tangible and scalable practices, and community building to expand their efforts.

This year’s conference theme is Undergraduate Research: What’s Next? The conference will focus on revealing what is on the horizon for students, faculty, and institutions in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry, even as we pause to take notice of how far we have come. Attendees will get insights on how undergraduate research has, could, or will become a tool for future exploration.

Who Should Come? 

This conference is open to all individuals with a commitment to or interest in the practice of undergraduate research and the impact it has on participants. That includes faculty, mentors, administrators, VPAAs, deans, directors, and many more.

Conference Tracks

Online Agenda + Schedule at a Glance

  • 11:30AM – 12:30PM | Plenary: The Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research 2.0: What has Changed in the Last 12 Years with Lourdes Echegoyen
    • In the twelve years since the original Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) was published, COEUR has been an extraordinary road map that has helped many establish undergraduate research offices, design new programs, communicate aspirations to and request commitment from leadership, and recognize the support needed to ensure that undergraduate students engage in one of the most impactful educational practices at their colleges and universities. Hear firsthand from authors and contributors who crafted the new 2024 version. Panelists include Linda Blockus, Director of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri; Jenny Shanahan, Assistant Provost for High-Impact Practices at Bridgewater State University; Sophie Pierszalowski, Director of the Department of Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Washington; and Julio Rivera, Principal Consultant at Cloropeth Consulting, LLC.
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 2:30PM – 3:30PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 4:00PM – 5:00PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 5:00PM – 5:45PM | CUR Division-Hosted End of Day Connections

Friday, June 21, 2024  (all times ET)

  • 11:30AM – 12:30PM | Plenary: Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors: The Integration of Career Readiness into the Curriculum with Mary Gatta, NACE
    • Dr. Mary Gatta, Director of Research and Public Policy at the National Association of Colleges and Employers, will share frameworks to integrate careers into the classroom. She will share the NACE competencies, what employers are looking for in recent college graduates, how students understand career competencies, and findings from the recent NACE/AAC&U/SEE national survey of faculty that demonstrate the many ways faculty support career readiness. She will also share models of ways to integrate careers and career competencies into the classroom.
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 2:30PM – 3:30PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions

Pre-Recorded Presentations Available Both Days

Onsite Agenda + Schedule at a Glance

Monday, June 24, 2024  (all times ET)

  • 3:00PM – 4:30PM | Plenary: Reimagining the Future of Undergraduate Research with Karen Resendes
    • Reimaging the Future of Undergraduate Research features a diverse panel discussing the possibilities that this year’s ConnectUR theme, What’s Next in Undergraduate Research?, invites us to imagine. Moderated by Karen Resendes, Associate Dean of Assessment and the First Year Experience and Professor of Biology at Westminster College, the panel includes Haseeb A. Kazi, Professor of Mathematics and Director of Study Abroad at Trine University; Patrick/Patricia Killion, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), Director of the First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) and Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of Maryland; Amanda MacDonald, Affiliated Faculty of University Libraries at Virginia Tech; and Jennifer Thorington-Springer, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of English and Africana Studies at Indiana University Indianapolis.
  • 4:30PM – 6:00PM | Welcome Reception with CUR Division Open House
  • 6:00PM – 8:00PM | Local Dine Arounds

Tuesday, June 25, 2024  (all times ET)

  • 8:00AM – 6:00PM | Registration and Information
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM | Breakfast
  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 10:30AM – 11:30AM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 11:30AM – 12:30PM | Lunch
  • 12:30PM – 1:30PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 3:30PM – 4:30PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 4:45PM – 6:15PM | Poster Reception
  • 6:15PM – 8:15PM | Local Dine Arounds

Wednesday, June 26, 2024  (all times ET)

  • 8:00AM – 2:00PM | Help Desk
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM | Light Breakfast & Coffee
  • 9:00AM – 10:15AM | Plenary: The Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research Working Plenary with Lourdes Echegoyen
    • The Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) is based on the considerable experience of CUR members who have engaged undergraduate students in research, developed undergraduate research programs, mentored new faculty to include undergraduate research in their teaching repertoire, and advised higher education institutions in the development of undergraduate research programs. The instrument presents the best practices in undergraduate research and can serve as a guide for institutions striving to establish or enhance the learning experiences of students through research. Facilitators will provide a brief overview of what has changed in the newly released version and provide some guidance/structure for people to work through the COEUR self-assessment process.
  • 10:30AM – 11:30AM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 11:45AM – 12:30PM | Lunch and Plenary: Humanities Disciplines and Undergraduate Research with Beatrice Gurwitz, National Humanities Alliance
    • Beatrice Gurwitz, Deputy Director at the National Humanities Alliance, will moderate a panel of executive directors of three disciplinary associations in the humanities as they talk about successful initiatives in their fields for encouraging humanities faculty members–traditionally research loners–to work with undergraduates. The panel will talk about community-engaged scholarship, archival work, and a whole range of approaches to research that engage humanities students and faculty members. Panelists include Amy Ferrar, Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association; James Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association; and Paula M. Krebs, Executive Director of the Modern Language Association.
  • 12:30PM – 1:30PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM | Concurrent Presentation Sessions
  • 3:15PM | Departures

Register to Attend ConnectUR

Registration Options

  • Online: This option allows attendees to only attend ConnectUR sessions during the online conference, June 20-21, 2024. The online content will be different from the onsite content and will feature nearly 50 presentations.
  • Onsite: This option allows attendees to only attend ConnectUR sessions during the in-person/onsite portion of the conference, June 24-26, 2024, at The Hotel in College Park, MD. The onsite content will be different than what was presented during the online portion and will feature over 100 oral presentations, workshops, panels, and poster presentations.
    • Extend your experience by adding on a pre-conference workshop. These occur on Monday, June 24, at 8:30 – 10:30 AM ET and 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET.
  • Bundle: This option allows attendees to attend both the ConnectUR sessions during the online conference and the onsite portion. It also offers the most cost savings for the most educational content.

Registration Rates

Regular Registration Rate: Ends June 1, 2024**OnlineOnsiteBundle
Enhanced Member$280$600$700
Institutional Member$310$665$765
Individual Member$340$730$830
Nonmember$410$800$900
Student Member
(Graduate, Undergraduate, Postdoc)
$90$175$250
Student Nonmember
(Graduate, Undergraduate, Postdoc)
$130$215$290
** Group Rates available: 3+ from the same institution is 15% off. 5+ from the same institution is 25% off. Group rate can not be stacked with other discount codes. Please contact CUR@CUR.org for this offer.
Last Chance Registration Rate: Ends June 14, 2024**OnlineOnsiteBundle
Enhanced Member$280$655$755
Institutional Member$310$720$820
Individual Member$340$785$885
Nonmember$410$855$955
Student Member
(Graduate, Undergraduate, Postdoc)
$90$200$275
Student Nonmember
(Graduate, Undergraduate, Postdoc)
$130$240$315
** Group Rates available: 3+ from the same institution is 15% off. 5+ from the same institution is 25% off. Group rate can not be stacked with other discount codes. Please contact CUR@CUR.org for this offer.

Looking for Lodging?

Currently, our CUR block is sold out for The Hotel (7777 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland 20740).

We encourage you to book at the Cambria Hotel, the sister hotel, for additional lodging. Reservation number 1-(301) 615-9889. This is a 10-minute walk to the conference at The Hotel. Please book by June 1, 2024.

Traveling?

As the conference approaches, we will continue to update you with travel and accommodations.

  • Southwest Airlines is pleased to offer ConnectUR attendees discounted fares. To utilize this discount, book via SWABIZ using Company ID 99318833. Discount valid for travel 6/21/24 – 6/29/24.
  • United Airlines is pleased to offer ConnectUR attendees discounted fares. To utilize the discount, book using the code ZNYP841510 via this webpage. For questions on this discount, please reach out to the United Meetings Reservations Desk M-F at (800) 426-1122.

FAQs

If you have additional questions about this event, please email CUR@CUR.org.