Trimmer Travel Fund Increases Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in the Arts and Humanities

CUR announces a new initiative within its growing portfolio of programs supporting research in the arts and humanities (A&H): the Trimmer Travel Fund. The fund will support A&H undergraduate scholars in presenting their research at professional meetings.

The fund was established by a gift from Joe and Carol Trimmer. Professor emeritus of English at Ball State University (Muncie, IN), Joe Trimmer is the founding director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. He is the author of numerous books on literature and culture, and a contributor to 20 PBS documentaries. He has served on the CUR Executive Board as the representative of CUR’s Arts and Humanities Division, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Indiana Humanities. Carol Trimmer has served as the outreach coordinator for IPR, Ball State University’s NPR member station, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Place, a regional Indiana arts organization, and Muncie’s nonprofit Gallery 308.

“We are delighted to be able to support the innovative work of undergraduates as they pursue their professional careers,” said Joe and Carol Trimmer.

According to CUR’s president, Iain Crawford (associate professor in the Department of English and faculty director of the Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Delaware), “Joe and Carol Trimmer’s generosity will enable undergraduate researchers to present their scholarly and creative work at leading international and national conferences.”

CUR’s executive officer, Elizabeth Ambos, added, “The commitment of Joe and Carol Trimmer to support work in the arts and humanities will assist undergraduates to disseminate their research throughout the disciplines.”

The call for applications for the inaugural Trimmer Travel Fund award is expected to be issued in fall 2018, with the first award presented to a student participating in the May 2019 World Congress on Undergraduate Research in Oldenburg, Germany.


The Council on Undergraduate Research supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. More than 700 institutions and more than 10,000 individuals belong to CUR. CUR believes that the best way to capture student interest and create enthusiasm for a discipline is through research in close collaboration with faculty members.


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