Get help in initiating research with undergraduates.
- Use CUR’s services, meetings, and publications for advice on how to set up your program to incorporate undergraduates.
- Ask questions of senior faculty at CUR’s national meetings and in the CUR Community.
- Ask questions of administrators whom you meet at CUR meetings --- questions that you might hesitate to ask your dean or chair.
- Develop your network of colleagues in your field and across disciplines.
- Read about pedagogical models, effective practices, and novel approaches in SPUR.
- Learn how to balance research, teaching, and service with personal life from those who have done it.
Meet the challenges of evaluation.
- Learn how to work with department chairs, and how to accept and grow from their assessment/evaluations.
- Learn what may be expected of you for retention, promotion and tenure --- including unwritten rules and guides.
- Find out how you can use and benefit from student evaluations.
Develop stable funding.
- Have CUR colleagues critique your first independent grant proposal.
- Use CUR’s online resources, the CUR Community, and publications to identify funding opportunities.
- Find CUR members with similar research interests that may lead to broader, more interdisciplinary research directions.
- Attend CUR’s Proposal Writing Institute with a team from your institution.
- Attend CUR Dialogues to learn more about funding opportunities.
Improve your effectiveness with students.
- Use CUR’s models for research-active teaching and learning.
- Help your students make effective oral and poster presentations --- try them out at CUR-sponsored events.
- Learn how to work effectively with colleagues and students to implement research-based educational reforms in arts and humanities, the social sciences, and STEM education.
- Hear from colleagues at other institutions on the motivations of diverse students for continued involvement in research.
- Learn how to adapt your research to involve undergraduates and how to help undergraduates craft their own research questions.
Develop leadership skills.
- Become a CUR Speaker.
- Volunteer for other activities.
- Observe other CUR members in a leadership capacity.
- Find mentors who can help you develop new skills in working with colleagues.
Expand your professional options.
- Network with senior CUR members and use the job board to learn of opportunities for career advancement at other campuses and in administration.
- Talk with others about balancing increasing administrative duties with teaching and research.
- Meet CUR faculty in other disciplines with whom you might develop new interdisciplinary research initiatives.
- Demonstrate your leadership qualities by organizing a CUR activity or volunteering for a committee or task force.
- Learn how to transform undergraduate research culture and curricula by attending CUR’s Institute on this topic. Take home a plan ready to implement on your campus.
- Participate with a team from your institution in CUR’s Dialogues and/or Proposal Writing Institute.
Give back to your profession.
- Mentor new faculty and graduate students who share your interests in undergraduate research.
- Participate in CUR’s advocacy advisory program to ensure that funding opportunities for faculty and students will be available in the future.
- Use your experience to answer questions in the CUR Community and give presentations at CUR meetings to help others conduct research with undergraduates.
- Become a CUR Councilor to assist CUR and the undergraduate research community, as well as hone your leadership skills for use on campus and beyond.
Find new ideas to improve your department, division, or school.
- Participate in dialogues at CUR meetings with faculty and administrators who understand the day-to-day challenges of administration and campus politics.
- Gain access to information that will serve as a benchmark for your institution’s goals.
- Learn ways to support the integration of research and teaching in your department and on your campus.
- Learn how to nurture research and communications between departments.
- Learn how to support your faculty to increase their productivity as they conduct research with undergraduates.
- Use CUR’s resources to receive information on funding opportunities for institutional goals such as department-wide reforms, as well as funding for individual faculty research in your department.
- Disseminate your successes in undergraduate research to your colleagues.
Share your successes and troubleshoot your problems.
- Network with colleagues from other parts of the country who have experienced similar challenges.
- Learn how undergraduate research can be applied to assist you in meeting campus goals (such as diversity initiatives).
- Take teams from your campus to CUR’s Institutes to work in collaboration with experienced facilitators and create action plans for launching new or enhanced initiatives on your campus.
- Network with other faculty or administrators in the CUR Community who may be a good fit for administrative posts on your campus.
- Learn how to reach out to the public and policymakers to gain buy-in for undergraduate research.
- Learn how others have developed local and other funding for undergraduate research programs.
- Learn about dissemination of undergraduate research through legislative poster sessions, undergraduate journals, and seminars.
- Gain recognition for your institution by publishing the successes at your institution. Submit to the Undergraduate Research Stories section of CUR’s website or use the Newswise Press Release Service. Scholarly work that examines effective practices and novel approaches, explores pedagogical models, and highlights the results of assessment of undergraduate research can be submitted to SPUR for consideration.
Gain access to funders and policymakers.
- Attend CUR Dialogues to meet program officers of federal and private funding programs and education policymakers and advocates.
- Take advantage of CUR’s Consulting and Program Review Services to bring experienced facilitators to your campus for specialized programming and institutes or departmental or divisional evaluations.
- Gain access to speakers for faculty meetings who can address issues related to undergraduate research.
- Have an advocate in Washington via the CUR National Office and the CUR Executive Officer.
- Gain national exposure for your institution by your students’ participation in the annual "Posters on the Hill" event, which provides an opportunity for congressional representatives and their staff members to view the work of undergraduates and faculty at your institution.
Call on CUR to help you do your job.
- Learn how to initiate and sustain your undergraduate research program by attending CUR’s Institute on this topic. Take home a plan ready to implement on your campus.
- Participate with a team from your institution in CUR Dialogues and/or the CUR Proposal Writing Institute.
Expand your network of contacts.
- Meet colleagues who are also engaged in energizing a faculty to conduct research with undergraduates.
- Expand your contacts to presidents, faculty, and supporters of undergraduate research at other institutions.
- Participate in the CUR Community to ask specific questions of your colleagues and solve problems.
- Attend CUR meetings and read CUR publications to learn about best practices and to develop resources for benchmarking at your institution.
Improve your teaching/research skills and marketability.
- Gain access to resources on the latest pedagogies.
- Find research colleagues.
- Learn how to jump-start a research program that incorporates undergraduates.
- Learn about funding opportunities at CUR’s Dialogues conference.
- Have your first independent grant proposal reviewed through CUR’s Proposal Writing Institute.
Find out if teaching at predominantly undergraduate institutions is right for you.
- Learn about the culture of undergraduate institutions.
- Talk to others who have made career choices that you are considering.
- Use CUR’s networking opportunities for personal contacts to gain insight about departments where you hope to have a job interview.
- Visit undergraduate campuses while attending CUR Conferences.
Get help finding jobs at undergraduate institutions.
- Review the postings on the CUR job board.
- Learn what undergraduate institutions are looking for in new faculty hires.
- Find contacts among faculty members and chairs/deans at undergraduate institutions.
- Get advice on crafting CVs and letters of application.
Gain visibility for your campus among your peers and the public.
- Enhance the status, prestige, and visibility of your institution as a publicly acknowledged proponent of undergraduate research.
Promote long-term opportunity for both predominantly undergraduate- and graduate-serving institutions
- Support CUR’s effort to gain public appreciation of the value of undergraduate research.
- Support CUR’s effort to gain policymakers’ attention to undergraduate research needs.
- Support CUR’s effort to encourage policymakers to include faculty and administrators involved in undergraduate research on national boards and committees.
- Support CUR in its efforts to increase national programs and funding for faculty research, research infrastructure, and undergraduate student research.
- Support CUR’s information-gathering efforts to document the impacts of undergraduate research.
Create a culture of excellence in undergraduate education and faculty development on your campus.
- Support an intellectually vibrant and diverse climate with informed, active faculty and engaged students.
- Find out how your institution can engage the local community in supporting undergraduate research.
- Form better alliances with other partners (e.g., government, industry, nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools)