This institute is designed for campuses that are establishing undergraduate research (UR) programs or centralized undergraduate research offices and those expanding undergraduate research opportunities from a single department to a campus-wide program. It is also valuable for campuses addressing service to new student constituencies (e.g., community college students, underrepresented students, first- and second-year students, graduate students as mentors) and engaging faculty from disciplines new to undergraduate research (e.g., arts and humanities). The institute will provide participants with the opportunity to develop a strategic implementation plan through sessions on (1) developing an office (nuts-and-bolts information on budgets, staffing, and programming); (2) identifying and working with campus partners and collaborators; (3) funding models, including undergraduate research as a Broader Impacts activity; and (4) addressing assessment and evaluation. CUR’s Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) and other materials will be used to help campuses perform a self-evaluation, develop a strategic plan, and devise short- and long-term goals after the institute.
Campuses are encouraged to send teams charged with development and implementation, which may include administrators; undergraduate research program directors, key faculty members; and individuals from related units such as undergraduate education, honors programs, academic success and retention programs, libraries/archives, and sponsored research programs. Applications are encouraged from those that run programs on a full- and/or part-time basis as well as from committees that might have this responsibility on campus. Models will be shared from all types of institutions: primarily undergraduate institutions, regional comprehensive institutions, community colleges, and research-intensive institutions. 
This institute has the following goals: 
  • To provide models of effective academic-year and summer UR programs.
  • To share models of the integration of UR into the curriculum.
  • To equip UR program directors and committees with a toolkit of essential items needed for running an undergraduate research center or program, including models of responsible conduct of research education.
  • To provide attendees with information they can use on resources needed (staffing and other resources) to establish a new program
  • To provide access to resources that are available for continuous growth and development of a campus undergraduate research program, including faculty development and undergraduate and graduate student training to be effective mentees and mentors
  • To provide UR program directors with mentors who are willing to provide advice after the institute ends. Mentors will be from a wide range of institution types.
  • To begin a network that will extend beyond the dates of the workshops
  • To share a variety of campus models and program components that include broad disciplinary scope and focus, and work with students at different stages of their academic career
Last Offering:
The institute was last held on January 12-14, 2018, at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


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