The goals of the institute are to:
  • Inform participants about current research on learning outcomes for students engaging in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity (URSCA)
  • Provide models of URSCA programs by a range of institutional types and budgets
  • Facilitate teams in defining a mission and overall action plan for URSCA in the arts and humanities on their campus, developing strategies to meet those goals, and resolving challenges
  • Identify sources and strategies for obtaining funding, both internal and external
  • Define assessment mechanisms appropriate for the arts and humanities for the URSCA program
  • Address workload, tenure issues, and promotion issues for faculty who mentor URSCA
  • Ensure that teams return to campus with an action plan that addresses some or all of the above points
The institute will assist teams of 3-5 faculty, staff, and administrators to develop transformative opportunities for undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity (URSCA) in the arts and humanities. Participants will:
  • Create customized plans for their own institutions to enhance URSCA in the arts and humanities - in curricula, summer research programs, campus symposia, national conferences, and scholarly publications and showcases
  • Learn about successful models of URSCA developed by and for scholars in the arts and humanities - not simply adapted from the sciences
  • Address challenges to student engagement in URSCA , such as the need for language skills or other specialized training before beginning scholarly work
  • Discover new opportunities for student scholarship in the digital humanities, blogs and wikis, designs and compositions, research abroad and in the community, and e-portfolios
  • Gain insight into why students mentored in URSCA succeed in vital areas in the arts and humanities: critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, intellectual curiosity, and analysis
  • Learn how URSCA improves retention, especially for students most academically at-risk
  • Find out about best practices for mentoring, administering, and funding URSCA, particularly in disciplines without external grants available for undergraduate work


Next Offering:

October 5-7, 2018

Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

2018 Draft Institute Schedule


Institute Fees:

Application Fees:
$50.00, due with application submission
Should you be accepted to attend the institute, your application fee will be applied to your tuition fees. In the event that CUR does not accept your application, the $50.00 application fee will be refunded. Should you withdraw your application or elect not to participate in the Institute, the $50.00 application fee will be forfeited.
Institute Registration Fees*:
Registration Type Registration Fee
Enhanced Institutional Member $675 (per accepted participant)
Institutional Member $750 (per accepted participant)
Individual Member $825 (per accepted participant)
Non-member $925 (per accepted participant)
*The institute rates include all sessions, materials, and most meals (Friday evening through Sunday morning). Transportation to the hotel from an airport or train station is the responsibility of the registrant.
To guarantee that a place is held, payment for the institute must be received by the CUR National Office at least 30 days prior to the event, unless prior arrangements are made with the CUR National Office. Registrations for participants who have not paid, or made prior arrangements with the CUR National Office, may be cancelled. In the event that a participant’s registration is cancelled due to nonpayment, the application fee will not be refunded.
To check whether your institution, company or organization is a current member, please use the Institutional Member Directory or email the CUR Membership Team.  


Application Information:

Application Deadline:
August 15, 2018
Acceptance Notifications Timeline:
Accepted teams will be notified by early September 2018.
Other Important Application Information:
In your application, please include a 300-word narrative statement that provides the following information:
  • A description of what you see as the future opportunities for and challenges facing undergraduate research at your institution, especially in the arts and humanities.
  • The desired outcomes from your participation in the CUR Institute.
  • A description of why particular members of your team were chosen to participate—preference in selection will be given to teams that include administrators and faculty from a range of disciplines and different career stages.

Lodging Options:

Hotel - Group Rate Available:
6195 E. Valley Center Rd
Bozeman, MT 59718
Room Rate: $91 per night (single/double; $20 each additional person)
25 East Mendenhall Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
Room Rate: $199 (single/double)


Cancellation Policy:

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.

Last Offering:

The institute was last held November 10-12, 2017, at the Lincoln University, Lincoln, PA.


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