"Building and Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Programs" Conference

June 27-29, 2019 (ABM – June 25-27, 2019) - The Ohio State University, Columbus


The Ohio State University, Columbus

Curl Hall (General Session)

Building 1106

80 W. Woodruff Ave.

Columbus, OH 43210


View interactive campus map for building locations:



Gold Level Sponsors:


Silver Level Sponsor student-opportunity-center


The travel grant application is now closed. Travel Grant Application – the deadline to apply was May 15. Award notifications will be sent the week of May 21.

Submission/Registration Deadlines:

  • All abstracts & proposals: Feb 19, 2019
  • Early bird registration: April 12, 2019
  • Final registration: May 31, 2019
Seeking strategies for success in undergraduate research programs?  Then don’t miss CUR’s "Building and Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Programs" Conference in 2019. Do you have something to share: a great program, unique process, assessment initiatives, or an interesting and exciting aspect of your undergraduate research program? Are you ready to network and learn from your colleagues? This conference is for you and is designed for programs at any stage, including the development phase! Be a part of it! Session topics include (but are not limited to):



  • Assessment: Strategies for evaluating undergraduate research projects, using data to improve the experience or providing feedback for funding support.
  • Diversity in Research: Effective strategies for promoting diversity in undergraduate research, undergraduate research that informs diversity issues, and collaborations that have incorporated divergent perspectives into undergraduate research.
  • High-Impact Learning Strategies:  Methods, approaches, courses, and practices that have proven very effective in achieving learning outcomes that incorporate undergraduate research. This can include the retooling of existing courses, applying research in courses, and embedding research projects in courses.
  • Internationalization: Ways to incorporate an international element into undergraduate research, including research-based travel, media-assisted collaboration, data exchange, and the mechanics of organizing an international undergraduate research component.
  • Undergraduate Research Administration and Budgeting—Nuts and Bolts: Approaches that have proven effective in managing and organizing undergraduate research and/or in funding the means by which the research can be undertaken.  Budgeting innovations, successful central strategies, institutional support, and so forth are all applicable. Other topics in this theme could include training programs for faculty in mentoring undergraduates, ways to address faculty compensation issues, and methods for smoothing the transition into the organization.
  • Undergraduate Research Collaborations: Examples of effective partnerships with undergraduate researchers, involving strategies, team projects, and the ethics of collaboration in undergraduate research.
Session formats vary, including panels, 75-minute interactive sessions, 10-minute short presentations, and poster sessions.


Preconference Session for New UR Program Directors” -New

  • 2-5 pm (between ABM and URPD, no overlap)
  • Limited to 40 people 
The purpose of the pre-conference session will be to inform and acquaint new program directors with CUR and URPD through structured interactions with experienced UR directors from various types of institutions. Sign up via the registration portal today.

Registration Fees:

Conference registration fees are as follows (early-bird rates end April 12, 2019)*:

Early Registration - Enhanced - $300.00

Late Registration - Enhanced - $325.00

Early Registration - Regular Institutional - $325.00

Late Registration - Regular Institutional - $350.00

Early Registration - Individual - $350.00

Late Registration - Individual - $375.00

Early Registration - Non member - $375.00

Late Registration - Non member - $400.00


Registration rates include the following meals:

Thursday - reception / Friday - breakfast, lunch, and reception / Saturday - breakfast and box lunch

*A $25 late fee will apply for registrations received after the May 31, 2019, registration cut off.



John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)  -  

There are a variety of convenient travel options to get you in and out of the airport without slowing you down -




2110 Tuttle Park Pl. at Woody Hayes Dr.
Columbus, OH 43210
Tel. 614-247-4000

To book online see, entering the dates of stay and group code UNGRE2019 under Special Codes. The conference rate is $174. The last day to book is Monday, June 3, 2019.

Here is a quick link for you as well CUR 2019 URPD

The Blackwell Inn has all your transportation needs covered. They proudly offer complimentary, prearranged airport transportation (based on availability) to and from John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) for our hotel guests. Contact their Concierge or Guest Services Representative at (614) 247-4050 or (866) 247-4003 to schedule your airport transportation at least 24 hours in advance. You may also schedule your airport transportation using their e-Concierge.

Overnight Valet Parking (BLACKWELL)

  • Overnight valet parking – $20

Oversized vehicles require a 24-hour notice and are subject to increased parking rates. Note that valet prices vary during special events, including football games, stadium concerts, and graduation; rates will be available the week of the event.

Self-Parking (BLACKWELL)

Self-parking is available in the Lane Avenue Parking Garage adjacent to the hotel. This is not a hotel-operated garage, and fees must be paid directly to the garage via electronic cashier each time a vehicle departs the structure. Note that there are no in-and-out privileges available for those self-parking.

The rates for the Lane Avenue Parking Garage are based on a 24-hour clock which resets daily at midnight.  

Note, that the garage operator reserves the right to charge more for special events with limited notice to The Blackwell Inn.


Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus OSU

3031 Olentangy River Road Columbus, Ohio 43202

Tel. 614-267-111

Book your group rate for Council on Undergraduate Research

The conference rate is $130. A complimentary continental breakfast is included in the rate.

Parking is complimentary as well. The last day to book is Monday, June 3, 2019.


3045 Olentangy River Road.|Columbus|OH|43202

Phone614.447.1212 • Fax614.447.1211

The conference rate is $119 single/$129 double. A complimentary continental breakfast is included in the rate.

Parking is complimentary as well. The last day to book is Monday, June 3, 2019.

2019 URPD Meeting Booking Link for the Holiday Inn Express OSU


On-campus residential housing (i.e., dormitory) is available for $75 per night. Please use the registration portal to request and pay for this option. Price includes bed linens and towels only.

Jones Tower:


123 W. Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

For additional housing options, please visit:


Limited shuttle service will be available to the off-campus host hotels to the meeting location at the CURL Center.  On-campus residence halls are within walking distance and thus shuttle service will not be provided. View interactive campus map for building locations or visit:





In general, the cancellation deadline is 30 days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted. Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office 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 CUR National Office.
CUR always suggests that 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.


This event was last held on June 27-29, 2017, at the Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.  For more information about last year’s event, please see the 2017 final program.


For questions or additional information about the institute, please contact Tavia Cummings