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27 December 2020

Share with students your sticky notes and storyboards

I encourage all researchers and research mentors to post more about the process of science – the stages of research, the tools we use, how we prepare to disseminate results, etc. All of these are important for students to see and connect with, especially with students doing work during this time of the pandemic away from research labs and face-to-face research communities.


10 August 2020

Revisiting the continua of undergraduate research

Does your institution have a definition of undergraduate research? How narrow or broad is the definition? Perhaps revisit that definition and think about how to be more inclusive in the practices, components, and students that engage in these experiences.


23 November 2019

Day 3 – Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit 2019

The final day of the Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit was a half-day for wrapping up all that we had just uncovered, and figuring out the pathway forward.


22 November 2019

Day 2 – Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit 2019

One lively discussion from the day was about using tthe acronyms URE versus a REU. The acronym REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) puts the “research” first and the “student” last, where as URE (Undergraduate Research Experience) puts the “student” first. REU implies that students are plug-ins to the process, whereas a URE is where research is plugged in.


21 November 2019

Day 1 – Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit 2019

The summit is focused on the role of community colleges in building, implementing, and sustaining undergraduate research experiences (URE) in STEM education and workforce preparation. The event is designed to highlight community college leadership in STEM by raising awareness of the innovative use of UREs as an effective and proven strategy for career skills development, student retention, and academic success.


3 August 2017

Help NASA collect 2017 Solar Eclipse data

The 2017 solar eclipse presents many opportunities for everyone to get involved in doing science before/during/after the eclipse. NASA has collected a number of citizen science programs at every level from the most basic observations to publishable research opportunities in partnership with NASA and university scientists.


25 July 2017

CUR’s Code of ethics for undergraduate research

The CUR Code of Ethics for Undergraduate Research covers areas such as personal conduct of faculty members and students, organizational and institutional conduct, conflict of interest, and relationship of mentors and mentees


26 July 2016

2016 CUR Fellows Award – Dr. Jill Singer

Congratulations to Dr. Jill Singer, named a 2016 CUR Fellow by the Council on Undergraduate Research for influencing undergraduate research through her own research, through scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates, and through demonstrated leadership activities


8 August 2015

Wrapping up summer mentoring of research students

Here are some thoughts to make sure student researchers are positioned to talk about their research and promote their own new content knowledge and skills sets after their summer experience.


15 July 2015

Are you looking for a CURE? (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience)

Learn about Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences – what they are, and why you may want to consider doing one with your students


1 July 2015

CUR Quarterly – a journal for undergraduate research mentors

“Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly [CUR Quarterly]… provides useful and inspiring information about student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship from all types of institutions.”


6 May 2015

Warn students about publishing their undergraduate thesis

Be proactive in warning students about emails requesting them to publish their senior thesis for free – it might not be the deal they think they are getting


15 April 2015

Undergraduate Research Week 2015

Whereas the week of April 11, 2011, would be an appropriate week to designate as ‘‘Undergraduate Research Week’’: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives— (1) supports the designation of ‘‘Undergraduate Research Week’’; (2) recognizes the importance of undergraduate research and of providing research opportunities for the Nation’s talented youth to cultivate innovative, creative, and enterprising young researchers, in collaboration with dedicated faculty; (3) encourages institutions of …


17 December 2014

Dr. G’s #AGU14 Spotlight – Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers

To support our undergraduate student researchers and presenters, the AGU Fall Meeting offers sessions on best mentoring practices for faculty