Inclusivity in Research: Scholarly Inquiry throughout the Undergraduate Experience

Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

June 27-30, 2020

About the Conference:

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

The 2020 CUR National 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 National Conference will address the themes below across all disciplines.  Examples are provided under each listed theme, but submissions are encouraged that expand beyond the provided examples and even beyond the traditional presentation format (e.g. performances). 

  1. Assessment in Undergraduate Research--focusing on all types of assessment in undergraduate research on students, faculty, curriculum and institutions.
    • Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to sub-themes such as:
      • Assessment best practices and new ideas to demonstrate the impact of undergraduate research
      • Monitoring and assessing undergraduate research programs’ impacts on students, faculty, curriculum, institutions and communities.
      • Using assessment data (formative and summative) to improve institutional programs or measure the effects of undergraduate research.
      • Explaining how researchers have determined and communicated students’ learning outcomes, both academic and non-academic.
      • Articulating the economic, social, and cultural return on investments in undergraduate research, and/or navigating through high-stakes transformations of curricula and/or departments focused on high-impact learning experiences.
  2. 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.
    • Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to sub-themes such as:
      • Strategies for broadening participation in undergraduate research
      • Building inter-institutional partnerships (e.g. between 2- and 4-year institutions) to promote additional research opportunities for faculty and students.
      • Collaborating with underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in undergraduate research projects that address community-based issues.
      • Demonstrating effective practices for providing access to students and researchers from under-represented groups (low-income, first-generation, minorities etc.).
      • Developing and/or collaborating with programs that serve special education populations.
  3. Integrating and Building Undergraduate Research into Curriculum and Coursework --focusing on building curriculum that is both research-based and supports undergraduate research as an outcome of curriculum
    • Abstracts submitted under this theme may also address but are not limited to sub-themes such as:
      • Connecting undergraduate research and the curriculum
      • Linking undergraduate research and long- or short-term study abroad experiences.
      • Utilizing undergraduate research as a mechanism to improve retention and degree completion.
  4. 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.
  • Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to topics such as:
    • Expanding undergraduate research opportunities beyond academic institutions to community organizations (e.g. business and non-profit).
    • Introducing new models for mentoring that serve course-integrated undergraduate research opportunities.
    • Collaborating with discipline-specific professional organizations for the advancement of undergraduate research.
    • Examining rapidly evolving innovations e.g. digital technology, new literacies, etc.
    • Expanding the opportunities for research exchanges, research collaboration, and field research in international settings.
    • Applying undergraduate research in service of displaced peoples, migrant populations, prison populations.
  1. Other
  • Abstracts submitted under this theme may address but are not limited to sub-themes such as:
    • Collaborating Across Departmental, Institutional, and Organizational Lines
    • Emergent models and new directions for undergraduate research.
    • Avenues and resources to expand the continuing investment in undergraduate research.
    • Integration of undergraduate research with other high-impact learning experiences.
    • Areas not covered by any of the themes above.

Call for Abstracts:


Session Types:

CUR 2020 offers the following types of sessions:

  • Single Presenter 
  • Panel 3-4 presenters
  • Poster
  • Workshop Sessions
  1. Single Presenter: These can include short presentations of research in progress and/or study results, models, or other innovative programs and techniques. These sessions are short and allow little time for extended discussion. It is recommended that presenters provide handouts and contact information for participants who may be interested in continuing the discussion at a later time. You will also have the opportunity to share materials digitally before and/or after the conference.
  2. Panels are a discussion or series of short presentations on a shared topic by two to four presenters (including a moderator who should organize the session). Panels work best when the presenters interact with one another and the audience, and are organized around a series of questions. Presenters should represent a variety of perspectives on the panel topic. Use of visual aids and handouts (sparingly) as appropriate may enhance your panel session. You will have the opportunity to share materials digitally before and/or after the conference. In organizing panels, it is beneficial to select your discussant or panel leader. The committee may choose to organize individual submissions into panels and to select the panel leaders.
  3. Posters are intended to afford a more comfortable atmosphere in which participants can share their ideas with conference participants, across a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.  Posters can share work done to develop or strengthen undergraduate research institutionally or share examples of student projects, highlighting the various disciplinary models of undergraduate research. Posters will be on display for an extended time during the conference.  Presenters will be present during a poster session to be available to discuss their work with attendees. Poster boards, 40” (width) by 30” (height), will be provided by CUR. Presenters will have the opportunity to share materials digitally before and/or after the conference. Poster abstracts have an extended submission window.
  4. Workshops are experiential participatory events on a topic or theme related to undergraduate research. After completing the workshop, participants should know or be able to do something new. Describe the activity and the specific learning objective(s) of the workshop in your abstract.  Also note what materials you will want to share with your audience in advance (keeping in mind ease of access and limited preparation time) or that participants will need to bring (for example, a computer or mobile device). You will be contacted by CUR after the session has been accepted to provide links or citations and instructions for participants, which will be made available to attendees before the conference.


Presentations and Posters: November 24, 2019

Notification of acceptance will be sent in early February 2020.


All submissions will be closely and competitively reviewed.

Include the following:

  • Session organizer: Name, title, organization, address, phone, email, twitter (if applicable),
  • Additional presenters (same info) - After notification, it is the responsibility of the session organizer to ensure that all presenters register for the conference.  Presenters not registered by Tuesday, March 31, 2020, will not appear in the program, and their presentation may be canceled.

Choose tags below that will help participants find your session. These tags will help attract the audience you desire and assists the conference committee organize the program.

Theme(s): Select primary and secondary theme

  • Assessment in Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research
  • Integrating and Building Undergraduate Research into Curriculum and Coursework
  • New Models and Settings for Undergraduate Research
  • Other

Audience (who would benefit from what you plan to share): (check all that apply)

[Include this item only if these data are required for organizational purposes]

  • Early-career faculty
  • Mid-career faculty
  • Senior faculty
  • Graduate students
  • Undergraduate research program coordinators
  • College administrators
  • Community colleges
  • Community Partners
  • Primarily undergraduate institutions
  • Comprehensive universities
  • Research universities
  • Minority-serving institution
  • Professional institution
  • Other

Discipline/Interest: (check all that apply)

  • Applied research
  • Arts
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Community engagement
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Integrated STEM
  • International
  • Mathematics and Computer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

  • Undergraduate Research Programs
  • Other

Preferred Session length (choose one)

  • Single Presenter – 20 minutes
  • Panel: 2 presenters – 30 minutes
  • Panel: up to 4 presenters – 60 minutes
  • Poster – 1.5 hours
  • Workshop Sessions – 2 hours

Session type (choose one, see descriptions below):

Select oral preferred, poster preferred, or either category

  • Oral – Single Presenter
  • Panel with up to 4 presenters (Indicate whether participants are willing to be added to a panel and serve as a panel moderator)
  • Poster
  • Workshop

Presentation Title: Please write a descriptive title of no more than fifteen words.  Informative titles, along with the tags above, help attendees decide which presentations to attend.

Abstract: Abstracts should summarize the content and goals of your session. Relate the abstract to the conference themes, if applicable. Additionally, describe how your planned approach fits the chosen session type (descriptions above). Abstracts should be limited to 300 words. A digital program with abstracts will be available to attendees before the conference.

Submit separate abstracts for presentation and posters.


The deadline to register is Friday, May 29, 2020. Early-bird registration ends on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. More details coming soon.


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Commercial Travel Services:

  • 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).

For more information about the CUR 2020 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 will also cover the registration cost for the meeting you were to attend.