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Friday, April 21, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017

Transforming Undergraduate Research Culture and Curricula (TURCC)

All Day Event

New Jersey City University (NJCU)
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ , 07305


Undergraduate research has been recognized as an effective high impact practice and one that benefits students, faculty and entire institutions.  This workshop will bring together teams of three to five faculty members and administrators from institutions that are interested in institutionalizing existing research activities and who are interested in developing research-rich curricula to support those goals.  

The traditional apprenticeship model of undergraduate research, where one or a small number of students work closely with a faculty member is powerful, but it is often difficult to scale so all students participate.  At this CUR Institute, teams will explore multiple ways to think about scaling the benefits of undergraduate research to a larger percentage of students by integrating research into the curriculum. Ways to build capacity across campuses will also be discussed and numerous examples of successful programs will be shared.

The workshop will consist of plenary lectures interspersed with individual team meetings with CUR mentors.  The teams will begin the workshop by reflecting on the current status of undergraduate research on their campuses and by doing an inventory as they examine their institutional strengths, as well as the obstacles currently preventing achievement of the desired results.  After this assessment, the teams will begin formulating mission statements, goals, and action plans for their own institutions.  Particular attention will be given to developing research-rich curricula. The event will conclude with the teams presenting their plans to the entire community.  Throughout this process, the facilitators will be engaged with the teams in order to assist them in discussions and deliberations.  Teams typically consist of at least one academic administrator, one or more department chairs, and several interested faculty members.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2017 - Deadline Extended!


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