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:

This is an annual event that typically takes place in the fall. We are still finalizing the dates and details for the next offering of this institute. Dates will be announced in CUR E-News. Please check back soon! If you are interested in hosting this event, please contact Tavia Cummings.
Visit CUR’s Upcoming Events page to see a list of all scheduled events.

Last Offering:

The institute was last held November 16-18, 2018, at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.


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