Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution Institute 

Starting a successful research program and conducting scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges. This institute gives faculty members the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced individuals how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. At the institute, participants also will prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses. Topics to be covered include the following:
  • How to select undergraduate researchers
  • How to mentor student researchers, and develop and use their research skills
  • How to manage time - balancing teaching, research, and service activities
  • How to develop and select research projects appropriate for undergraduates
  • How to adapt from a graduate school environment to an undergraduate research environment
  • How to link research to the classroom, and
  • How to develop grantsmanship skills related to gaining external and institutional research support

Next Offering:

Stetson University
November 22-24, 2019

Apply for the Institute:

Application Deadline: October 15, 2019 

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Institute Registration Fees*:

Registration fees coming soon.

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.  

Hotel Info:

Courtyard Marriott, DeLand Historic Downtown

308 N Woodland Blvd
DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 943-9500

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

Courtyard DeLand Historic Downtown for 119 USD - 129 USD per night

Here's the reservation link to make reservations:

Book your group rate for Council for Undergraduate Research

  • Last Day to Book: Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Block fills up very quickly.
  • Complimentary shuttle service will be provided from the hotel to the campus daily.


Last Offering:

The institute was last held November 16-18, 2018, at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Visit CUR’s Upcoming Events page to see a list of all scheduled events.


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