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The Council on Undergraduate Research invites nominations for the CUR Fellows Awards. The CUR Fellows awards are presented at the CUR Biennial Conference to two CUR members who have enabled research and creative activities among undergraduates at their institution through mentorship and demonstrated leadership activities. CUR Fellows are leaders and role models for those involved in undergraduate research-creative activities.
 
 
Eligibility
Although self-nominations are not accepted, any member of CUR may nominate another CUR member for the CUR Fellows awards.
 
 
Selection Criteria
Recognizing that significant and meaningful scholarly/creative activities with undergraduate students can take many forms, the following criteria will be considered by the selection committee:
 
  1. The nominee demonstrates a strong track record of enabling scholarly and/or creative projects involving diverse populations of undergraduates. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Evidence of sustained involvement with undergraduates in research and creative activities
  • Post-baccalaureate success of students who participated in undergraduate research, such as admission of students to postgraduate and professional programs
  • Engagement of varied student populations and backgrounds, as appropriate in the institutional context, in undergraduate research/creative activities
 
  1. The nominee provides and/or facilitates mentorship to undergraduate researchers, scholars, or artists, who have produced significant work in their fields, or to faculty mentors of undergraduates engaged in research/creative activities. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Mentoring undergraduates whose work leads to peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and/or juried performances/exhibits appropriate to the discipline
  • Recognition received by undergraduate mentees (e.g., awards)
  • Enabling mentors to institute or enhance research/creative activities with undergraduate students
  • Recognition received related to mentoring of undergraduate students in research/creative activities
 
  1. The nominee secures support (e.g., extramural, internal, in-kind) for research and creative activities for undergraduate students. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Securing grants, contracts, commissions, and/or gifts or realignment of institutional resources
  • Assisting mentors in identifying sources and securing funding to support undergraduate research and creative activities
 
  1. The nominee spearheads efforts to institutionalize undergraduate research on their campuses and beyond, particularly through their involvement in CUR. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Publications and presentations about undergraduate research/creative activities
  • Innovative approaches to mentoring undergraduates
  • Incorporation of research/creative activities and experiences into courses, the overall curriculum, or other contributions to the enhancement of the culture of undergraduate research on a campus
  • Advocacy of undergraduate research on the home campus, nationally and/or internationally
 
 
Nominations
A nomination consists of a two-page letter highlighting the nominee’s contributions to all areas of undergraduate research and demonstrates how the nominee’s activities support CUR’s Strategic Pillars.
 
Additionally, a two-page CV of the nominee should be included. Although abbreviated, the CV should detail the nominee’s contribution to undergraduate research/creative activity, ranging from mentoring undergraduate students with resulting publications and creative works and building institutional capacity for undergraduate research to promoting undergraduate research beyond the local level. The letter and CV must be submitted to the CUR National Office as a single PDF document.

Submit a Nomination

The nomination period for the 2019 awards is now open. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019. Finalists will be notified by February 2019 to submit a more detailed application packet. The two 2020 CUR Fellows Awardees will be notified by Fall 2019 and publicly announced in Spring 2020.

 
Awardees receive:
  • The honor of being recognized as a CUR Fellow
  • Lifetime CUR Membership
  • The awardee will also receive a plaque and offer remarks at the award ceremony
  • A Brian Andreen-CUR Student Research Fellowship to support undergraduate research and creative activities
 
Questions may be addressed to the CUR National Office.