||(Nick Geboy studying drill core from 100's meters below the surface of the earth as part of his Geology
undergraduate research project here at UW-Oshkosh.)
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
What is CUR?
is a national organization whose goal is to strengthen science, mathematics,
and engineering research programs at predominantly undergraduate institutions.
CUR has eight disciplinary
divisions: Biology, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and
Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, and At-Large
Administrative. CUR offers:
- Workshops and national
conferences. CUR has an annual national conference that provides opportunities
for faculty and administrators to exchange ideas and debate current issues.
- Undergraduate research
has an Undergraduate Summer Research
Fellowship in Science, Mathematics and Engineering that provides stipends
for undergraduates. Awards range from $3000 to $4000 plus a minimum of $3000
for student stipend.
CUR publications include
a directory of undergraduate programs, a series of books, such as: How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers, How to Get Started
in Research, and the CUR Quarterly. The CUR Quarterly includes information
about funding opportunities and helpful articles about undergraduate research.
Undergraduate Researcher Graduate School Registry. The purpose of
this registry is to help match undergraduates (with research experience and
the desire to pursue an advanced degree) with graduate programs seeking high-quality
students. Any undergraduate may go to www.cur.org/ugreg/ to fill out a simple
vitae form. There is no charge to the student, and student information will
be made available only to graduate schools that contract with CUR for this
- Peer Reviewers
Registry. The purpose of this service is to provide federal and private
agencies in the sciences with names of individuals qualified to serve as reviewers
of grant proposals, members of advisory panels dealing with issues of science
and education, and sources for science and education reporters.
- Consulting services.
CUR can provide qualified consultants for departmental or divisional reviews
with expertise to initiate, strengthen, or assess an undergraduate research
program. Also, consultants are available that can help with setting up research-rich
curriculum, writing grant proposals, or evaluating needs for facilities.
I encourage all UW-Oshkosh
faculty to become members of CUR. I am the University Liaison for CUR. Please feel free to contact me (Eric Hiatt, email@example.com) for membership materials or go to the CUR website for more information and to become a member online, www.cur.org. The CUR web site also has information about the organization available as a downloadable Power Point file.
Members receive: 1) a subscription
to the CUR Quarterly, 2) discounts to attend CURs National Conference
and the April Dialogue, 3) access to special information on funding opportunities,
jobs, and other resources, 4) discounts on CURs publications, and 5) gain
opportunities to participate with their students in the Undergraduate Summer
Research Fellowship program. Click
here for CUR membership services.
- Conference of Research Experiences for Undergraduates Student Scholarship: October 16-17, 2011, Arlington Hilton, Arlington, Virginia
- International Perspectives on Undergraduate Reseach and Inquiry: a scholarly discussion: Pre-ISSOTL Seminar, Milwaukee, WI October 19, 2011, 8:30AM-4:30 PM
- The 2012 CUR National Conference will be held at The College of New Jersey, June 23-26, 2012