APRIL 2021

NCURicon-03National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) | April 12 - 14, 2021
NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of student scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all disciplines. 

Picture a Scientist: Feature-Length Film Access and Faculty & Mentor Discussion
April 15, 2021 @ 1:00 PM ET
Content Warning: Some of the content discussed in this film around sexual assault, abuse, and discrimination may be difficult for some audiences. We encourage you to care for your safety and well-being.

Join Lisa Bosman (Purdue University) and Amy Deveau (University of New England) for a CUR members-only conversation on the feature-length documentary, Picture a Scientist. This film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist, lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, you will encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. Registrations must be received by April 5, 2021 for access to the film. 

Undergraduate Research Week | April 19-23, 2021
This is a national celebration in which we showcase what other campuses are doing to celebrate UR, congratulate students on their research, and to thank those faculty and mentors who have helped guide the way for UR. Check out how we handled #VirtualURW2020. 

CUR AURA Community Celebration | April 22, 2021 @ 3:00 PM ET
Join CUR as we recognize our 2020 AURA Award recipients, Georgia College and State University and Utah State University, in a fun community celebration. Listen and learn how these institution's exemplary programs provide high-quality research experiences to undergraduates and how their use of CUR's Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research can further pave the way for future leaders in undergraduate research. 

CUR Conversations: Structures be Damned
April 23, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET [Members Only]
Hosted by CUR and facilitated by billY Gunnels, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Susan Mendoza, Grand Valley State University as we discuss resilience. Think about a time when you failed to realize an objective. You had a plan with a goal and clear purpose. You saw a need for something – a new program, a new initiative, a new opportunity, but for reasons beyond your control, it did not materialize. What did you do? Did you walk away, or did you persevere? If you chose to continue, then how did you avoid the Sisyphean trap of working on a project that was doomed to failure? These are questions that we must all ask ourselves repeatedly. If you are dedicated to helping others and making improvements, then you will be confronted with this reality because despite your best intentions. There will always be barriers, includes ones that feel impenetrable. What do you do?


Posters on the Hill (POH) | April 27-28, 2021
Each spring, CUR hosts an annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. At this event and its related activities, Members of Congress and their staff learn about the importance of undergraduate research through talking directly with the student researchers involved in these programs. 

CUR Conversations: Building Community
April 30, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET [Members Only]
Hosted by CUR and facilitated by Toni Sauncy, Texas Lutheran University, Brandy Wiegers, Central Washington University and Jessica Martin, Northeastern State University as we discuss community building in undergraduate research programs. We'll focus on undergraduate student cohorts, and both faculty-student and faculty-faculty relationships. How has community building changed in a remote experience? How do you develop hybrid experiences? Bring your experiences and hear from others on how they are tackling community building in research settings and classrooms..


MAY 2021

CUR Conversations: Revisiting Student Outreach, Mentoring and Accessibility through a DEI Lens
May 11, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET [Members Only]
Hosted by CUR and facilitated by Jennifer Thorington Springer, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, as we discuss revisit some of the recently discussed topics through a lens that focuses on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.   

CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award Webinar| May 12, 2021, 2:00-3:00 PM ET  [Virtual]
Come hear Steven J. Miller, professor of mathematics at Williams College (2020 Awardee) and Dominick Casadonte, Minnie Stevens Piper Professor at Texas Tech University (2021 Awardee) share their stories. 



JUNE 2021

ABM2021_2xAnnual Business Meeting | June 17-18, 2021
CUR holds an Annual Business Meeting (ABM) open to the current elected Executive Board and General Council in regards to reviewing the governance that has helped shape CUR, its future, and undergraduate research. Please continue to check back as more details will be announced as the spring approaches. 

Logos_ICON-06Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in UR and Creative Activity Conference | 
[Virtual] June 23 -25, 2021
The Undergraduate Research Programs Division and the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presents the first step in response to the national call for awareness and action on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This formally known biennial URPD conference, will serve as a platform, explore facilitative approaches, and promote the exploration and adoption of effective tools for change. This conference will support the undergraduate research enterprise including mentors, administrators, faculty, and industry partners.



Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium (REU) | October 24-25, 2021
This symposium features presentations by students from REUs in all disciplines funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), sessions for REU administrators and faculty, and opportunities to meet with representatives from NSF and other government agencies. 


JUNE 2022

CUR Biennial Conference | June 2022
CUR's signature professional development conference for faculty and administrators operating, assessing, and leading undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative inquiry programs. 



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