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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 do a self-evaluation and develop a strategic plan and 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: PUI, regional comprehensive, 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 careers
 
 

Next Offering:

This is an annual event that typically takes place in the summer. 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 January 12-14, 2018, at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
 

Contact:

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