Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

September 16, 2015
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Council on Undergraduate Research announces call for submissions on incorporating research into undergraduate curriculum

Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research has announced a call for submissions to appear in the fall 2016 edition of the CUR Quarterly. The issue will focus on integrating undergraduate research and creative scholarship into the curriculum.  CUR is seeking four to five articles of 2,000 to 3,500 words as well as a number of shorter vignettes of around 300 words.  Faculty in any discipline are invited to share their ideas on development, implementation, and assessment of initiatives that make research a part of undergraduate education.

According to the CUR announcement, potential topics of interest include:

  • Models for integrating undergraduate research into the core curriculum/general education experience for students
  • Curricular innovations that involve large numbers of students in undergraduate research experiences at any level of the curriculum
  • Models for scaffolding undergraduate research experiences throughout the curriculum
  • Innovative ways of integrating undergraduate research into the gateway, research methods, and capstone courses of a major
  • Examples of undergraduate research programs that integrate lower-level classes with upper-division courses

If you are interested in submitting an article or vignette, submit a 300-500 word prospectus through the CUR website. The deadline for submission is Oct. 13. Accepted authors will be notified by Oct. 23 and final text for review and editing must be submitted by Dec. 14.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students. In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses. Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no additional cost. Click here to learn more about CUR.

November 11, 2014
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Upcoming conference on undergraduate research: CUR Dialogues 2015

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is offering  a series of dialogues discussing this year’s topic, Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways, at the nation’s capital. The dialogues are open to anyone involved in undergraduate research. The series will be held from Feb. 19 through 21, 2015 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, located in Arlington, Virginia. 

The dialogues are designed to provide attendees a unique opportunity to communicate with a variety of federal and private foundation program officers and experts in research advocacy and grant preparation. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and collaborate with each other.

For more information regarding the CUR Dialogues, click here to visit the CUR website. 

November 5, 2014
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CUR offers travel grants for undergraduate researchers

The Council on Undergraduate Research is currently offering two separate travel grants for undergraduate students who haveCouncil on Undergraduate Research completed research in either social science or biology. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. There are a select number of travel grants available, ranging from $200 to $250.

This opportunity is designed for students who have already completed their research and who are planning to present their findings at local, regional, or other professional venues. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply but must meet the requirements noted for each travel grant.

For more information on the social science travel grant click here.

For more information on the biology travel grant click here.

October 27, 2014
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Undergraduate research presentation opportunity: CUR Posters on the Hill

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is inviting students and their faculty mentors to apply for the 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 5. Those chosen for the event will be notified February of 2015 and the event itself will be at a date yet to be determined. Historically, Posters on the Hill has taken place in late April.

This program is designed for faculty and students who have a desire to learn about and advocate for government funding for research. Students will be given the opportunity to speak with members of Congress to voice their concerns, ask questions and learn about the legislative process in regards to research funding.

Click here to get more information from the CUR website.

October 2, 2014
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CUR announces call for session presenters, posters for 2015 URPD Conference

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research has requested proposals for session presentations and posters to be included in the 2015 Undergraduate Research Programs Development conference, taking place June 23-25, 2015 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

The conference targets university faculty and administrators with an interest in promoting and improving undergraduate research through discussion and sharing of best practices.  Sessions will include 90-minute panel discussions, 75-minute interactive sessions and 10-minute short presentations, as well as a poster session and networking lunch.

The deadline to submit proposals for interactive sessions and short presentations is Nov. 14, 2014.  The deadline to submit poster proposals is Feb. 27, 2015.  Submissions should focus on one of the conference’s four themes: “High-impact Learning,” “Ensuring Access for All,” “Administrative Nuts and Bolts,” and “Assessment.”

Click here for more information on the conference and submission instructions.

 

June 3, 2014
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CUR seeks applications for biology mentor award

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe biology division of the Council on Undergraduate Research is currently accepting applications for their annual awards honoring biology faculty mentors for their long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate researchers.

The awards are presented to one faculty member in each of three divisions — early career, mid-career and mature career. Each honoree will receive a cash award from CUR’s biology division. Faculty who mentor interdisciplinary research projects are eligible as long as the projects involve a significant biology component.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. CDT. For more information on applying for this award, visit the CUR website.

May 13, 2014
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Call for undergraduate research highlights: CUR fall quarterly

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” section of the fall 2014 CUR Quarterly on the Web.  The highlights contain brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications by undergraduate students that appeared in journals in the last six months.

The publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate authors or co-authors.  The deadline for submission is May 31.

Click here for formatting requirements and submission instructions.  Samples of past undergraduate research highlights are available on the CUR website.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students.  In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses.  Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no cost.  Click here to learn more about CUR.

May 12, 2014
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CUR announces upcoming institutes

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research has announced dates for three upcoming workshops for faculty who are interested in developing or expanding undergraduate research programs. Click the links below for more information or application instructions for the programs.

Proposal Writing Institute

Next offering: July 17-21, 2014 – University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
Application deadline: May 21, 2014

“This institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The four-day institute will consist of one-on-one work with a mentor, writing, small group discussions, and critiquing of proposals. The institute has been developed to assist novice to experienced proposal writers in drafting complete proposals for submission. Prior to the institute participants will be able to access information that will help them begin to draft their proposal.”

Click here for more information.

Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute

Next offering: Nov. 7-9, 2014 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in July 2014.
Application deadline: Sept. 19, 2014.

“The Institute will assist teams of 3-5 faculty and administrators in developing transformative opportunities for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (URSC) in the arts and humanities.”

Click here for more information.

Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution

Next offering: Nov. 2014.
Registration opening soon.

“Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give individual pre-tenured faculty members the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses.”

Click here for more information.

April 15, 2014
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CUR offers grants to offset travel costs for CUR Conference 2014 attendees

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The Council on Undergraduate Research is offering a limited number of $250 grants to help offset travel costs for individuals attending the CUR Conference 2014, “Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All.”  The conference takes place June 28-July 1 in Washington, D.C.

According to the CUR website, preference will be given to individuals from historically under-represented institutions, first-time conference attendees and those who demonstrate financial need.

Click here for more information and application instructions.  The deadline to apply for the grants is April 25.

February 24, 2014
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Call for undergraduate research highlights: CUR summer quarterly

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” section of the summer 2014 CUR Quarterly.  The highlights contain brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications by undergraduate students that appeared in journals in the last six months.

The publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate authors or co-authors.  The deadline for submission is March 15.

Click here for formatting requirements and submission instructions.  Samples of past undergraduate research highlights are available on the CUR website.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students.  In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses.  Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no cost.  Click here to learn more about CUR.