June 27-30, 2020

Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

Inclusivity in Research: Scholarly Inquiry throughout the Undergraduate Experience


Registration Type
(Based on Membership)
Early-Bird Rate
(By April 24, 2020)
Regular Rate
Enhanced Institutional $530 $570
Institutional $580 $620
Individual $650 $690
Student $300 $300
Nonmember $690 $730
One Day $375 $375
Pre-Conference Workshops* $60 $60
Pre-Conference Workshops
$65 $65
Shuttle Bus Services** $25 $25

Conference registration includes the following meals: Saturday (Reception); Sunday & Monday (Breakfast, lunch, and reception); Tuesday (Breakfast) 
*Group discounts are available via Tavia Cummings
**Chartered shuttle service to the Indianapolis Airport (IND) from the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus, will be provided to those interested in reserving a seat. There will be two departure times to choose from (11AM and 12:30PM). Space is limited. Advance payment is required. To purchase your seat, please contact Tavia Cummings.

About the Conference:

CUR is hosting its Biennial Conference, “Inclusivity in Research: Scholarly Inquiry throughout the Undergraduate Experience,” at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, IN.

The 2020 CUR Biennial Conference provides an opportunity for faculty, administrators, staff, academic and community partners, and policy-makers to share individual and collaborative investigations, either interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary, in local, national and international contexts, and to showcase models of undergraduate research activities at all types of higher education institutions. In addition, the conference features nationally-recognized keynote speakers who provide insight into current national/global trends and related fields of interest.

The overall goals of the conference are to highlight the value of undergraduate research and for participants – from two- and four- year colleges, universities and communities - to learn from each other to broaden the opportunities for undergraduates to participate in collaborative scholarly work and creative activities. Students who participate in undergraduate research are better prepared in their fields of study; as they learn problem-solving, critical thinking, and information and communication skills, they become adept in the practice of intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies within their multiple learning environments. Faculty who mentor these students contribute to the next generation of knowledge makers, creative thinkers, and innovative leaders.

In support of these efforts, this conference focuses on novel ideas, which when applied to any context, national and/or international, offer practical strategies and future directions. Conference participants will share their collaborative approaches and models that have helped strengthen undergraduate research in their institutions and in the communities that they serve —in plenary talks, exciting sessions and through formal and informal networking, the hallmarks of CUR conferences.

Conference Themes:

The 2020 CUR Biennial Conference will address the themes below across all disciplines.  

  • Assessment in Undergraduate Research--focusing on all types of assessment in undergraduate research on students, faculty, curriculum, and institutions.
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research – focusing on offering undergraduate research to a wider audience of undergraduates, faculty, and institutions to increase the diversity of participants, particularly from underrepresented groups and institutions.
  • Integrating and Building Undergraduate Research into Curriculum and Coursework --focusing on building a curriculum that is both research-based and supports undergraduate research as an outcome of the curriculum
  • New Models and Settings for Undergraduate Research -- focusing on expanding undergraduate research opportunities between higher education institutions, including community colleges and international institutions and beyond academic institutions to research collaborations with business and non-profit organizations.


Pre-Conference Workshops:

Pre-Conference Workshop 1: A Professional Development Workshop for Postdoctoral Scholars and Graduate Students: Planning and Developing a Successful Research Program 

This workshop will include presentations and discussions about how to plan and develop a successful research program primarily with undergraduates. Some questions to be answered include the following: What are the benefits and challenges of working with undergraduate researchers? How can a strategic approach be employed in selecting students, identifying appropriate projects, and providing effective mentoring to develop student research skills? How can the involvement of undergraduates be leveraged for external funding? Given significant time constraints, how can faculty members use their teaching labs to progress in their research projects? How can a course be structured to optimize the research experience for undergraduates and satisfy personal goals as a researcher?


Pre-Conference WKSP 2: Integrating and Scaffolding Research into Undergraduate Curricula and Cultures 

Building research—and its elements—into undergraduate courses is a powerful way to expose students to core principles and questions across the disciplines and to achieve deep learning for students. Undergraduate curricula are rich in opportunities for employing this approach, and this strategy can serve to significantly expand student participation and to provide equitable access to undergraduate research beyond traditional one-on-one and/or small-group mentored research experiences. There are many factors to be considered in designing and embedding research across the curriculum. This interactive workshop will apply the lessons learned from the institutional teams of the CUR Transformations Project, which is a National Science Foundation-funded effort involving 24 departments at 12 US institutions. Topics such as applying backward-design principles, curricular scaffolding, mapping learning outcomes, creating effective leadership teams, dealing with faculty workload, and collecting data will be probed. Participants will leave with a set of goals and strategies to transform their own courses and curriculum into a research-rich environment.  


Pre-Conference Workshop 3: Learning from Data: Image Classification Experiments in Undergraduate Research 

Machine learning is a hot field, but without some training, it is difficult to distinguish significant results from artifacts of bad design. In this workshop, participants will learn about a syllabus of experiments involving a tagged animal image database that can facilitate mentoring of undergraduate students in the design, implementation, and assessment of machine-learning research projects utilizing the OpenCV and Scikit-Learn libraries. Data preparation, including dimension reduction, will be discussed.  Common machine-learning methods will be illustrated, including examples of missteps, and the selection of appropriate performance metrics will be covered. Attendees are welcome from all disciplines, but it is recommended that they possess at least a modest knowledge of Python scripting and bring a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop to the workshop.


Pre-Conference Workshop 4: Workshop for New UR Program Director 

This workshop is designed for new leaders of new or well-established programs that support student research. At some institutions, institutional structures may need to be created to support a wide array of undergraduate researchers, whereas new administrative or staff positions in offices that have existed for decades may offer new scenarios for directors. In all cases, new directors can benefit from understanding opportunities and challenges that can occur on campus. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to create early successes, identify important collaborators, find funding sources, and engage student leaders. In addition, participants will learn about the different circumstances of new versus well-established undergraduate research offices.


Pre-Conference Workshop 5: Making Space for Visible and Invisible Disabilities in Undergraduate Research: A Conversation across Disciplines 

This workshop will foster a conversation about supporting and empowering undergraduate research students and mentors who are dealing with visible and invisible disabilities.  It aims to identify best practices and promote accessibility to undergraduate research opportunities.


Questions, Comments, Registration: 

For questions or to register for a pre-conference workshop, please email Tavia CummingsAll pre-conference workshops will be held on Saturday, June 27 between Noon to 5 PM. More details on actual start and end times to follow. 



Here you will find the tentative schedule-at-a-glance for 2020 CUR Biennial. This will be evolving as the event approaches. 

Housing: Block rates close June 5, 2020.

CourtyardMarriott Comfort Doubletree Residential Housing (DORMS)

Courtyard Lafayette
150 Fairington Ave
Lafayette, IN 47905
1 (765) 449-4800

Group Name: CUR Conference
Check in: 5PM | Check out: 11AM
Group Rate: $119 per night
Available: 6/23 - 6/30

Self Parking: $10/day
Airport Shuttle: Designated pick up location (additional fee required)

Comfort Inn Lafayette I-65
4701 Meijer Court
Lafayette, IN 47905
1 (765) 447-3434

Group Name: CUR- Council on Undergraduate Research
Check in: 3PM | Check out: 11AM
Group Rate: $84 per night (single) | $89 per night (double)
Available: 6/23 - 6/30

Self Parking: Complimentary
DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette East
155 Progress Drive
Lafayette, IN 47905
1 (765) 446-0900

Group Name: CUR Conference
Check in: 3PM  Check out: 11AM
Group Rate: $139 per night
Available: 6/23 - 6/30

Self Parking: Complimentary

First Street Towers
1250 First Street
Lafayette, IN 47906

Check in: 3PM  Check out: 11AM
Cost: $85 per night
Available: 6/23 - 6/30

Amenities Include:

  • Private Single Room w/ walk-in shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Pillow, Sheets, Blanket, Towel
  • Community Kitchen & Microwave
  • Laundry room
  • Vending & Ice machine in building
  • Complimentary parking with off campus street parking 



CUR is offering a limited number of travel grants in support of the CUR's mission and strategic pillars. Those selected will be able to register at the early-bird enhanced rate of $530 and will receive a $500 travel grant. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 19. Apply today. 

  • Air Travel - The nearest commercial airports are Indianapolis International (65 miles) and Chicago O’Hare (140 miles) and Chicago Midway (130 miles). The Purdue Airport accommodates privately owned planes.
  • Shuttle Services from Airports - Shuttle service is provided to and from Indianapolis by Lafayette Limo. Shuttle service to and from O’Hare is provided by Express Air Coach or by Reindeer Shuttle.
  • Other Commercial Travel - Amtrak and Greyhound also serve the area, stopping at a station in Lafayette. From there, visitors can ride Greater Lafayette's CityBus system to Purdue (about 1.5 miles).
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For more information about the 2020 CUR Biennial, please contact Tavia S. Cummings, CMP, Director for Meetings and Institute Services via email at or phone at 202.783.4810. x204.

Cancellation Policy: In general the cancellation deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted.  Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office at prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a full refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee. Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the National Office.
CUR always suggests that their registrants purchase low-cost travel insurance when booking their air reservations. Not only will this insurance cover your airfare in the event of cancellation but it will also cover the registration cost for the meeting you were to attend.