Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

ISSN 2476-101X
SPUR publishes scholarly work that examines effective practices and novel approaches, explores pedagogical models, and highlights the results of assessment of undergraduate research. As a peer-reviewed publication of the Council on Undergraduate Research, the journal provides useful and inspiring information that increases understanding of undergraduate student-faculty engagement in research, scholarship, and creative work in all disciplines and at all types of higher education institutions in the United States and abroad.
Read the SPUR Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement and SPUR Authorship Policy. Read the Author Guidelines for submission instructions to SPUR, or view the webinar about publishing in SPUR.
Consult the SPUR masthead. Subscribe to the SPUR Tables of Contents RSS Feed.
Download the SPUR cumulative index, vols. 1-3 (2017-2020)

Interested in reviewing manuscripts for SPUR? Send an e-mail indicating areas of specialty/interest (e.g., assessment). Want to review books for SPUR? Contact Nicholas J. Rowland, book review editor.

Call for Papers

Ongoing theme: "Undergraduate Research during Times of Disruption"
(proposals considered on an ongoing basis throughout SPUR volume 4)


Issues in Volume 3

Sum2020SPUR-C1Summer 2020 - Volume 3, Number 4
Table of Contents (PDF)
Introduction (PDF) / Rebecca M. Jones, issue editor (download EPub version)
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What We Know and What We Need to Know about Undergraduate Research (PDF) / Heather Haeger, John E. Banks, Camille Smith, and Monique Armstrong-Land (download EPub version)
Assessment of Undergraduate Research Learning Outcomes: Poster Presentations as Artifacts (PDF) / Rachel Hayes-Harb, Mark St. Andre, and Megan Shannahan (download EPub version)


Spr20SPURC1Spring 2020 - Volume 3, Number 3
"Undergraduate Research in the Twenty-First Century"
Introduction (PDF) / Lisa Gates, issue editor (download EPub version)

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Supporting Twenty-First-Century Students with an Across-the-Curriculum Approach to Undergraduate Research (PDF) / Patrick Corbett and Jody R. Rosen (download EPub version)
Beyond Learning: Leveraging Undergraduate Research into Marketable Workforce Skills (PDF) / Kimberly J. McClure-Brenchley, Kristin Picardo, and Julia Overton-Healy (download EPub version)
Course-Based Research: A Vehicle for Broadening Access to Undergraduate Research in the Twenty-First Century (PDF) / Prajukti Bhattacharyya, Catherine W. M. Chan, Rocio R. Duchesne, Aditi Ghosh, Steven N. Girard, and Jonah J. Ralston (download EPub version)

Win19SPUR-cvr1Winter 2019 - Volume 3, Number 2
"A Retrospective on Undergraduate Research"
Introduction (PDF) / Rebecca M. Jones, issue editor (download EPub version)
Fall19-C1Fall 2019 - Volume 3, Number 1
Table of Contents

Introduction  (PDF) / James T. LaPlant, editor-in-chief (download EPub version)

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Teaching and Evaluating Skills for Undergraduate Research in the Teacher Education Program (PDF) / Tunde Szecsi, Charles Gunnels, Jackie Greene, Vickie Johnston, and Elia Vazquez-Montilla
(download EPub version)
A 10-Year Study on the Efficacy of Biomedical Research Support Programs at a Public University (PDF) / Jonathan C. Whittinghill, Simeon P. Slovacek, Laura P. Flenbury, and Vivian Miu
(download EPub version)
In Memoriam: Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez (1955-2018) / James T. LaPlant, editor-in-chief


Issues in Volume 2

sum19SPUR-C1Summer 2019 - Volume 2, Number 4
"Big Data and Undergraduate Research"

Table of Contents PDF

Full SPUR PDF download (members only) /
New!  Full SPUR EPub download (for e-readers; members only)

Introduction (PDF) / Rebecca M. Jones, issue editor (download EPub version for e-readers)

Leveraging a Large Database to Increase Access to Undergraduate Research Experiences / (PDF)
Laura A. Lukes, Katherine Ryker, Camerian Millsaps, Rowan Lockwood, Mark D. Uhen,
Christian George, Callan Bentley, and Peter Berquist (download EPub version for e-readers)

A Student Research Course on Data Analytics Problems from Industry: PIC Math / (PDF)
Michael Dorff and Suzanne Weekes (download EPub version for e-readers)

Undergraduate Research Highlights (PDF) / Download EPub version for e-readers



spr19SPUR-C1Spring 2019 - Volume 2, Number 3
Table of Contents

Full SPUR download (members only)

Introduction / Laurie Gould, issue editor

A Peer Research Consultant Program: Feasibility and Outcomes / Francisca Beer, Christine M. Hassija, Arturo Covarrubias-Paniagua, and Jeffrey M. Thompson

Learning "Scholarship as Conversation" by Writing Book Reviews / Nicholas Rowland, Jeffrey A. Knapp, and Hailley Fargo

Establishing a Statewide Celebration of Undergraduate Research: History and Lessons Learned /
Eric C. Freundt and Kimberly R. Schneider

Undergraduate Research Highlights



Fall 2018 - Volume 2, Number 1:Fall18SPUR_cover
"Models of Undergraduate Research Mentoring"
Full SPUR download (members only)

Laurie Gould, issue editor

Developing Undergraduate Scientists by Scaffolding the Entry into Mentored Research
Farron McIntee, Kendra R. Evans, Jeanne M. Andreoli, Abigail J. Fusaro, Melanie Hwalek, Ambika Mathur, and Andrew L. Feig
Faculty Change from Within: The Creation of the WMSURE Program
Cheryl L. Dickter, Anne H. Charity Hudley, Hannah A. Franz, and Ebony A. Lambert

Surveying Faculty Perspectives on Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: A Three-Institution Study
Janet A. Morrison, Nancy J. Berner, Jill M. Manske, Rebecca M. Jones, Shannon N. Davis, and Pamela W. Garner

Undergraduate Research Highlights

Issues in Volume 1

Sum18SPURcvr1Summer 2018 - Volume 1, Number 4:
"Leveraging Undergraduate Research to Foster Diversity and Achieve Equity"
Full SPUR download (members only)
Janice DeCosmo, issue editor

Spring 2018 - Volume 1, Number 3:
"Undergraduate Research and Student Success Outcomes"
Full SPUR download (members only)
James LaPlant, editor-in-chief

win17SPUR-coverWinter 2017 - Volume 1, Number 2:
"Innovative Learning Spaces That Promote Undergraduate Research"
Full SPUR download (members only)

Creating a Biology "Studio" to Promote Undergraduate Research
Mary Beth Hawkins, Miriam Ferzli, and Lisa Paciulli
Transforming Learning Spaces through Iterative Design to Support Inquiry-Driven Learning
Kimberly K. Eby and Laura A. Lukes

The Structure of Mentoring in Undergraduate Research:
Multi-Mentor Models

Evan D. Bradley, Michelle Bata, Heather M. Fitz Gibbon, Caroline J. Ketcham, Brittany A. Nicholson, and Meagen Pollock

Undergraduate Research Highlights

Fall 2017 - Volume 1, Number 1

Table of Contents

Welcome to the Inaugural Issue of SPUR
James LaPlant, SPUR editor-in-chief
Christopher S. Kim, Anna Leahy, and Lisa Kendrick