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January 2012

 


National Office News

 

Custom CUR Logo

Social Science Student Travel Awards

Call for Abstracts - National Conference

Join CUR on Facebook


CUR Events and Institutes

 

CUR Dialogues 2012

Mentorship, Collaboration and Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs


Opportunities and Announcements

 

Conferences and Workshops

Fellowships & Funding Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Other

 

Ongoing CUR Offerings

 

CUR's Enhanced Institutional Membership

CUR Logins

Web Page on Advocacy and Government Relations Issues

Newswise Press Release Subscription Service

CUR in the News


 

CUR 14th National Conference
June 23-26, 2012
Hosted by The College of New Jersey

Submission Deadline for Poster Presentations is 2/1/2012.
For additional information please visit: cur.networkats.com/members_online/submissions


At a Glance

 

January is National Mentoring Month!

Have you Read?

How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers

 

To place your order click here.


 

Previous Issues

 

         December 2011

         November 2011

         October 2011


 

About Us

 

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

 

734 15th Street NW, Suite 550

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-783-4810, Fax: 202-783-4811

cur@cur.org

www.cur.org


Do you have an announcement for the CUR E-Newsletter? Send your announcement to cur@cur.org with CUR Enews in the subject line.

 National Office News:

 Custom CUR Logos

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Reminder: CUR Institutional Members are eligible to have custom CUR logos created for institutional use, many members have them posted on their Undergraduate Research Web Site. Use of this logo is not an endorsement by CUR, but rather a way for you to exhibit to others the importance of UR at your campus or program. If you are interested in a logo please contact Robin Howard robin@cur.org.

 Social Science Division Student Travel Awards

The Social Science Division is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2011-12. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster. After the meeting, a brief report about the experience is expected. Minority students are encouraged to apply. Eligibility Criteria: Undergraduate student must be a junior or senior, student’s mentor must be a CUR member or the student’s home institution must be a CUR institutional member, and student’s home institution must match the travel grant. Applications for a travel grant to a spring 2012 meeting are now being accepted. Award decisions will be made on a first come, first serve basis. For application requirements and more details visit: www.cur.org/socscistudenttravel.html

 Call for Abstracts - National Conference

Hosted by The College of New Jersey, June 23-26, 2012. Theme: Leveraging Uncertainty: Toward a New Generation of Undergraduate Research. In current crises of economic viability, urban decline, environmental degradation, and cultural meaning, we face deep and broad-based concerns, both for personal prospects and larger social contracts. We can be swept along by those changes, or we can use them as opportunities for positive transformation. We know that research must inform our responses to these new conditions. And we know that undergraduate research offers experiences and skills that our students can draw on for successful future study, meaningful work lives, and social engagement. This conference will ask us to consider new models of undergraduate research that create possibilities where others might see peril. Please consider submitting a poster. Submission Deadline for Poster Presentations is February 1, 2012 to submit visit: http://cur.networkats.com/members_online/submissions/substart.asp?action=welcome&cid=94

 Join CUR on Facebook

The National Office is taking the discussion of undergraduate research to a new venue. Join in the dialogue: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/Council-on-Undergraduate-Research/42917996486.

 CUR Welcomes New Institutional Members:

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Chapman University

Gateway Community College

Glendale Community College

Paradise Valley Community College

Phoenix College

Rio Salado College

Scottsdale Community College

South Mountain Community College

University of Alabama in Huntsville

University of Texas at Tyler

 CUR Events and Institutes:

  CUR Dialogues 2012

This event will be held February 23-25, 2011 in Washington, DC.

CUR Dialogues is designed to bring faculty and administrators to Washington, D.C. to interact with federal agency program officers and other grant funders.

For additional information and to register visit: http://www.cur.org/12curdialogues/12cd.html.

  Mentorship, Collaboration and Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities Apply Now

March 23-25, 2012 Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, the institute may fill prior to the application deadline)

This workshop will bring together teams of three to five faculty members and administrators engaged in enhancing undergraduate research opportunities at their home institutions, focusing on undergraduate research as faculty development, student-based inquiry and institutional support structure. Faculty and administrators from disciplines throughout the social sciences and humanities will spend the weekend discussing models of undergraduate research, mentorship and collaboration; what "research" and "mentorship" mean in different disciplines in the social sciences and humanities; assessing the value of undergraduate research; and means of augmenting funding for undergraduate research internally and externally.

The deadline is February 3, 2012. Further details about the institute can be found here: http://www.cur.org/institutes/socscihum.html.

  Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs

May 23-25, 2012, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Applications will be available in January 2012, please note they are reviewed on a rolling basis, the institute may fill prior to the application deadline)

The purpose of the institute is to provide directors of undergraduate research programs the means to develop and effectively run their programs. Recognizing the different models of offices of undergraduate research offices, we encourage applications from those that run programs on full and/or part-time basis as well as from committees that might have this responsibility on their campus. Models will be from all types of institutions; PUI, regional comprehensive to Research I institutions.

The deadline is April 2, 2012. Further details about the institute can be found here: http://www.cur.org/institutes/isurp.html.

 Opportunities and Announcements:

 The CUR National Office has received the following announcements:

 Conferences and Workshops

   University Startups Produce High-Value Jobs and Serious Social Impact

January 18-20, 2012, Washington Convention Center. With federal and state governments demanding more social impacts for their research dollars and university investments, come to the only conference series dedicated to the creation and funding of university startups. This is the must-attend event for entrepreneurial universities. For more information and to register visit: http://www.ncet2.org/UpcomingEvents/UnivStartupConf12.

  Fellowships & Funding Opportunities

   American Educational Research Association (AERA) Announces 2012-3 Funding Opportunities

In our efforts to strengthen the pipeline to education research, The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announces its 2012–2013 fellowship programs and funding opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and early career scholars. These programs provide mentoring and funding support to develop research skills and conduct studies in education related fields and topics. Information about the programs and the upcoming application deadlines are available at www.aera.net/fellowships.htm. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Below are brief descriptions of the AERA research funding opportunities.

    NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award

The purpose of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions, otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH research programs, to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions, to expose students to meritorious research projects, and to strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution. For more information visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-006.html. They will start accepting submissions January 25, 2012.

   Program For Excellence & Equity in Research- Graduate Training Opportunity at UT- Knoxville

The Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER) was created to increase the number of accomplished, competitive, and determined underrepresented minority students who pursue PhDs in the sciences, attain careers in biomedical research, and contribute to our nation’s well being. PEER uses existing resources that are available at the UT-Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to integrate advanced research, mentoring, and professional enrichment activities to enhance the academic experience. PEER believes this will shift the traditional training paradigm to one that contributes to the increase of minorities successfully gaining biomedical research careers. The PEER graduate training program provides a financial award to qualified individuals to support their first two years of study in a PhD program. The PEER award includes a stipend of $25,000/year plus tuition. For further details visit: http://web.utk.edu/~peer/program.htm. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2012.

    Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of scientist and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Fellowships will provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.

For more information visit: www1.eere.energy.gov/education/stp_fellowships.html.

  Research Opportunities

   Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

Summer Research Experiences for Faculty and Student Teams at U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence.

  Funding available for Summer 2012

  10 weeks of support

  Faculty and student stipends, housing allowances, travel expenses

  Research conducted at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence nationwide

  Areas of research: homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics

  Faculty apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of summer

  U.S. citizenship required

  Application deadline: January 8, 2012

For more information visit: http://www.orau.gov/dhsfaculty/.

   Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN)- Summer Neuroscience Research Experience

If you are interested and ready for an exciting summer neuroscience research experience, consider applying for BRAIN 2012. The Atlanta-based BRAIN program invites applications for Fellows who would like to participate in a 10-week summer research program. This program provides full room and board plus a stipend. Those eligible to apply are undergraduates and recent post-bacs who are enthusiastic, hard working, detail oriented, and who want to engage in cutting edge neuroscience research. Some accepted Fellows will be working at the molecular or cellular level in laboratories, others will be working with small animals and some may be collecting data and doing research at outdoor field sites. Projects may include day or evening work. Be a part of an exciting summer research experience! Application Deadline is January 13, 2012, for more information see: http://www.cbn-atl.org/education/brain.shtml. In addition to BRAIN, NET/work is Atlanta's new program for Neuroscience Education and Training. For students from underrepresented groups at Georgia State University, Emory University, Spelman College, and Agnes Scott College - NET/work is a two-year paid research assistantship that provides participants with local and national research opportunities from their sophomore year through graduation.

   Maine Medical Center Research Institute 2012 Summer Student Research Program

The Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) at Maine Medical Center Research Institute offers pre-college and college students a unique opportunity to conduct educational research in diverse biomedical science fields during the summer months. Up to ten undergraduate students participate in mentored, independent research projects either in our state-of-the-art research facility in Scarborough, Maine, or working with physicians to impact patient care or the outcome of treatment. For additional information visit: http://www.mmcri.org/home/webSubContent.php?list=webcontentlive&id=193&catID=4&subCatID=18. The deadline for application is January 15, 2012

   Alcohol Research Training Summer School (ARTSS)

ARTSS is designed to provide an intensive introduction to alcohol research for undergraduates in order to increase the number of students, and particularly underrepresented minorities, interested in pursuing careers in this field. Students from minority and nonminority groups are encouraged to apply. The program begins with an intensive week-long introduction to alcohol research, followed by an 8 week internship working on a project with a mentoring team. This is a full-time experience with a stipend of $3,200. The program will conclude with the students presenting their research project to the ARTSS faculty and other students. The week-long program of structured learning experiences will be conducted at Washington University in St. Louis from June 3-8, 2012. At the conclusion of the course, ARTSS students will be placed in internships from June 11 - August 3, 2012 in the laboratories of MARC researchers at either Washington University School of Medicine or the University for Missouri-Columbia. For additional information visit: http://alcoholresearch.missouri.edu/relatedtraining.html. The deadline for applications is 2/1/12.

   Summer UR Program in Educational Psychology & Applied Developmental Science & Education Policy- Curry School of Education at UVA

This fully funded 8-week internship that is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of education research to consider careers in academic, policy, or research organizations. Rising seniors are eligible for these paid research internships at UVA during Summer 2012. Interns will work with faculty on ongoing research focusing on schools, classrooms, and other youth settings as contexts critical to child and adolescent development. They will have the opportunity to collect and analyze data, write a section of a research paper, participate in research meetings, attend a research conference, and participate in related workshops and a GRE prep course. You can read more about our program and get the application form at http://curry.virginia.edu/SURP. The program is for students who will be entering their senior year in Fall 2012 and the deadline for applications is 2/1/12.

   DEADLINE REMINDER: 2012 Amgen Scholars U.S. Program

Amgen Scholars is an undergraduate summer research program in science and biotechnology that provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation's leading educational institutions:

  California Institute of Technology

  Columbia University/Barnard College

  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  Stanford University

  University of California- Berkeley

  University of California- Los Angeles

  University of Calfornia- San Diego

  University of California- San Francisco

  University of Washington, Seattle

  Washington University in St. Louis

This is a reminder that the deadline for student applications is February 1, 2012 (Feb. 15 for Caltech). For more information, please go to http://www.amgenscholars.com/ or contact the Amgen Scholars US Program Office at (617) 253-2620 or asp-npo@mit.edu.

   Keck Geology Consortium Student Research Opportunities

Each year the Keck Geology Consortium has undergraduate research opportunities for approximately 51 undergraduate students in a wide variety of geological/environmental science sub-disciplines and locations. The program includes 4 weeks of summer research (field and/or lab work depending on the project), continuing research during the academic year (jointly advised by a project faculty member and a research advisor at the students home institution), attendance at the annual Keck Geology Consortium Symposium, and a publication in the annual Keck Geology Consortium proceedings volume. Students receive a $1,500 stipend and typically all travel and living expenses are provided for. Opportunities and details can be found here: http://keckgeology.org/students. Deadline for summer programs is February 3, 2012.

   Department of Commerce Internship for Postsecondary Students

Opportunities to participate in hands-on education and training related to the Department of Commerce- business; communications and graphic design; mathematics; computer science; social and behavioral sciences. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply (must be currently enrolled). Internship locations include: District of Columbia, Georgia, and Illinois. Department of Commerce headquarters, Department of Commerce division offices, and field centers. 10 weeks in the summer; 15 weeks during fall or spring semester Deadline(s): January 31 for summer; July 1 for fall semester. Note: Deadlines are listed above, however applications will be accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year and will be considered past the deadline if positions are still available. More information is available here: http://see.orau.org/ProgramDescription.aspx?Program=10038

   NIH Accepting Applications for Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons

The overall goal of NIDDK's Short Term Education Program (STEP-UP) is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. The STEP-UP program is particularly interested in increasing the participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. To accomplish this goal, the NIDDK STEP-UP program provides research education grants to seven institutions to coordinate three High School STEP-UP Programs and four Undergraduate STEP-UP Programs that provides eligible students with ten to twelve weeks of summer research experience and training opportunities. The program culminates with an all expense paid trip to the Annual STEP-UP Scientific Research Symposium in August. Deadline is February 15, 2012 to apply visit: https://stepup.niddk.nih.gov/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

   The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Participation Program

The HBCU Research Participation Program introduces faculty, graduates, and undergraduates from HBCUs to the research and development activities of the federal government through research, education, and training activities. Duration is usually 10 to 12 weeks for summer appointments; some part-time appointments of one year. Applications as accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information visit their website at: see.orau.org/ProgramDescription.aspx?Program=10050

  Other

   NIH Undergraduate Design Challenge- Technology Solutions in Health Care

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) DEBUT Challenge is open to teams of undergraduate students working on projects that develop innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems. NIBIB’s mission is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The goals of the challenge are 1) to provide undergraduate students valuable experiences such as working in teams, identifying unmet clinical needs, and designing, building and debugging solutions for such open-ended problems; 2) to generate novel, innovative tools to improve healthcare, consistent with NIBIB’s purpose to support research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with respect to biomedical imaging and engineering and associated technologies and modalities with biomedical applications; and 3) to highlight and acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of undergraduate students. The submission period opens January 3, 2012 and runs through May 26. For more information visit: http://debut.challenge.gov/.

   Learn How the Federal Government is Helping Rural Providers Support Health IT

Two key USDA Rural Development programs that can help expand health IT infrastructure in rural America include the: Community Facilities Program, which provides direct and guaranteed loans as well as grants for community facilities projects in rural areas. This program may help offset the costs of electronic health records implementation for rural health care providers. Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which may provide grants to help bring telemedicine services to rural communities. More information can be found here: www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-RCDI_Grants.html.

   National Institute of General Medical Sciences Issues Strategic Plan for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Training

Investing in the Future reflects NIGMS' long-standing commitment to research training and the development of a highly capable, diverse biomedical and behavioral research workforce. The new NIGMS strategic plan for biomedical and behavioral research training is now available at publications.nigms.nih.gov/trainingstrategicplan/Strategic_Training_Plan.pdf.

 Ongoing CUR Offerings:

  CUR's Enhanced Institutional Membership:

The enhanced institutional membership allows all faculty members from your institution to join the Council on Undergraduate Research, as individual members, at no additional cost to the individual. Institutional cost is based on the number of Full-Time Equivalent students at your institution and ranges from $2000 to $4000 annually.

CUR has recently added additional benefits for our enhanced members.

Those institutions that hold enhanced memberships and have graduate programs will be able to access the Undergraduate Registry for no additional cost. To receive these benefits, please visit http://www.cur.org/ugreg/reg2.asp and register using your institution's name in the PO number field.

Enhanced institutions that send six or more individuals to CUR Dialogues or the CUR National Conference will enjoy an additional 10% discount off the member rate for these events.

We hope that your institution will take advantage of this new membership opportunity to more fully engage faculty members, at your institution, in undergraduate research.

In addition to this new enhanced membership, we will continue to offer the regular institutional membership. Each institution may elect to choose one model or the other.

Should you have any questions regarding institutional membership programs, or any other membership opportunities, please contact Lindsay Currie at lcurrie@cur.org or 202-783-4810x206.

 CUR Logins:

CUR assigns usernames and passwords to members so that they may: login, update records, register for meetings at member rates, and purchase publications at member rates. Your username and password have been sent to you previously. Should you need another copy of this information sent to you via email, please visit: http://cur.networkats.com/members_online/members/password.asp. Non-members who have records in our database may also login to expedite registration processes: however discounts will only be given to members.

 Web Page on Advocacy and Government Relations Issues:

The staff at Washington Partners has put together a web page of materials for CUR Member reference.  The web page houses information on advocacy and government relations issues.  Topics of interest include legislative and event summaries, information on federal funding resources, an ongoing update on the higher education act, and a learning and links section with descriptions of common government processes and links to useful websites.  

To access this page, please visit the members only page from the CUR homepage.  Please note that you will need your members only login to access the page.  Should you have any questions or comments regarding this page, please direct them to wpllc@cur.org.

 Newswise Press Release Subscription Service:

Newswise is an academic news distribution service that provides media with news leads from our member institutions.  Journalists receive this news by subscribing to an emailed Daily Wire.  From the wire, they review news releases and decide whether or not to follow up on any leads and contacts. 

CUR Institutional Members may submit releases to Lindsay Currie at strong> lcurrie@cur.org. For more information, please refer to the following document: http://www.cur.org/pdf/newswise%20flyer.pdf.

 CUR In the News:

Washington Partners, LLC provides a news monitoring service. Please see the following articles below: 

It's Time to STEM the Loss of Science and Engineering Students, James Gentile

November 14, 2011

Studies have found that roughly 40 percent of students planning engineering and science majors end up switching to other subjects or failing to get any degree.

Research helps lift undergrads

December 4, 2011

For students at Abilene Christian and McMurry universities, some of the most profound knowledge is that gained firsthand.

Students Awarded Wilson Honors

December 22, 2011

Eleven UMF students were recently named Fall 2011 Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars and Fellows by the University of Maine at Farmington Undergraduate Research Council.

National Office News

 

Membership Renewal Time

Join CUR on Facebook

Welcome New Members


CUR Events and Institutes

International Perspectives on Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research and Inquiry


Opportunities and Announcements

Calls for Abstracts and Proposals

Conferences and Workshops

Fellowships & Funding Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Other


Ongoing CUR Offerings

 

CUR's Enhanced Institutional Membership

CUR Logins

Web Page on Advocacy and Government Relations Issues

Newswise Press Release Subscription Service

CUR in the News


National Conferences on Undergraduate Research 2012 (NCUR) is an opportunity for more than 3,000 undergraduate students to present their research, scholarly or creative projects. NCUR 2012 will be held March 29-31, 2012, at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. For more information, visit weber.edu/ncur2012.

 

At a Glance

On July 26th CUR co-hosted a Congressional Briefing with the College of William and Mary

http://www.cur.org/newsletter/Congressional%20Briefing%207-26-2011%20001.jpg

To read more about the briefing, “Undergraduate Research Think Tank and National Security”, click here.



Previous Issues

         July 2011

         June 2011

         May 2011



About Us

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

734 15th Street NW, Suite 550

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-783-4810, Fax: 202-783-4811

cur@cur.org

www.cur.org


Do you have an announcement for the CUR E-Newsletter? Send your announcement to cur@cur.org with CUR Enews in the subject line.

 

 National Office News:

 Membership Renewal Time

It is time to renew your membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research! Our member year ended June 30th, so please take the time to renew your membership. For any questions please contact Lindsay Currie our Director of Communications and Membership at lcurrie@cur.org or 202-783-4810 x206.

 Join CUR on Facebook

The National Office is taking the discussion of undergraduate research to a new venue. Join in the dialogue: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/Council-on-Undergraduate-Research/42917996486.

 Welcome New Members

Quincy University

Penn State- Schuylkill

 CUR Events and Institutes:

 International Perspectives on Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research and Inquiry: First Year Through Graduation

PRE-ISSoTL Conference Collaboration: Milwaukee, WI, USA, October 19, 2011 8:30am-5pm

Registration will be combined with ISSoTL 2011 registration (http://issotl11.indiana.edu/). Delegates may book for the seminar without going to the main ISSoTL conference. Early booking is advised. Seminar Fee $125 includes lunch, refreshments and opening ISSoTL event (registration closes October 10, 2011). For delegates registering for the full ISSoTL conference at the same time the seminar fee is $85. All delegates, including those from the UK, need to pay in US dollars at the ISSoTL 2011 registration site.

Further details about the seminar, details about submitting posters, and examples of posters are available on the CUR website at http://www.cur.org/pre-ISSOTLreg.html.

 Opportunities and Announcements:

 The CUR National Office has received the following announcements:

 Calls for Abstracts and Proposals

   Request for Proposals for a Cooperative Agreement with NEH to Support Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

NEH invites proposals for a cooperative agreement to develop and administer a nationwide project to advance the role of the humanities at community colleges through curriculum and faculty development focused on the theme of Bridging Cultures. NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applications might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest. Successful applicants will work in partnership with NEH to develop and implement a curriculum and professional development project for faculty members from community colleges across the United States. Receipt deadline August 23, 2011. For more information visit: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/BridgingCulturesCCRFP.html.

 Conferences and Workshops

    Joint Statistical Meetings 2012 Invited Session Proposal Submission Process

CUR has been invited to submitted a proposal for an invited session at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in San Diego, California to be held July 28 - August 2, 2012. The theme of the 2012 JSM is “Statistics: Growing to Serve a Data-Dependent Society,” but not all sessions need to adhere to this theme. Formats vary for invited sessions, but all are 110 minutes in length and have a session chair. The sessions typically include two - six participants, including the chair, with two of the most popular and successful formats being two - three speakers with a discussant or a panel discussion of three - five panelists. Please reference the Call for Invited Sessions article for more information about invited sessions at JSM 2012. Submission deadline is September 7, 2011- for detailed information visit: http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2012/invitedsessions/.

    Call for Presenters- 21st Century Community Learning Center "Adult Science Fair" at SEED School

Scientists/engineers/mathematicians who are enthusiastic about sharing their research with middle and high school students. During the third week of September (09/21/2011), the International Neuroscience Network Foundation and SEED School of DC will partner to host a 21st Century Community Learning Center "Adult Science Fair"- where researchers from an array of disciplines will come together and share their work with students. It will likely be from about 6 pm – 8:30 pm on the evening of September 21st. It will be held in the gym at the SEED School at 4300 C St. SE Washington DC 20019. Exact details will be shared at the beginning of September. If you are available, please contact Davida McCray at mailto:davida.mccray@innf.netor (912)-224-6352.

  Fellowships & Funding Opportunities

   NEH- Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Grants for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. NEH fellowships provide scholars with research time and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions. In evaluating applications from programs at institutions located in the United States, priority is given to those with library holdings, archives, or other special collections—either on site or nearby—that are available as resources for NEH fellows. American overseas research centers should demonstrate a particular benefit to NEH fellows by virtue of their location and other resources.

Deadline August 17, 2011. For more information visit: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fpiri.html.

    NIH Funding Opportunity- IDeA Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR)

This funding opportunity will support the development of infrastructure and other resources required for the conduct of clinical and translational research in IDeA-eligible states. Letter of intent due date August 30, 2011. For more information visit:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-229.html.

    Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of scientist and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Fellowships will provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.

For more information visit: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/stp_fellowships.html.

  Research Opportunities

   The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Participation Program

The HBCU Research Participation Program introduces faculty, graduates, and undergraduates from HBCUs to the research and development activities of the federal government through research, education, and training activities. Duration is usually 10 to 12 weeks for summer appointments; some part-time appointments of one year. Applications as accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information visit their website at: http://see.orau.org/ProgramDescription.aspx?Program=10050

   Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

They are looking for summer interns to work with world-class scientists on cutting edge research! The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory offer several programs for undergraduate students in STEM fields to participate in a summer internship. For a full list of programs, including others for grad students, faculty, postdocs, and other recent graduates, visit their website at: www.orau.org/ornl

  Other

   Department Of Health And Human Services Calls for Nominees For National Biodefense Science Board

The Office of the Secretary is accepting resumes or curricula vitae from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the National Biodefense Science Board. Nominees are being accepted in the following categories: Industry; academia, practicing healthcare professional, and organizations representing other appropriate stakeholders. Submit a resume or curriculum vitae to nbsb@hhs.gov by August 19, 2011.

   Nominations Call for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award

The award is given to scientists or engineers or their associations whose exemplary actions have served to foster scientific freedom and responsibility. Such achievements can include: acting to protect the public's health, safety or welfare; focusing public attention on important potential impacts of science and technology on society by their responsible participation in public policy debates; or establishing important new precedents in carrying out the social responsibilities or in defending the professional freedom of scientists and engineers. Deadline September 1, 2011- for submission details visit: http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/freedom/index.shtml.

   Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes: Call for Nominations

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is advertising for nominations for the position of Agreement State representative on the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI). Submit an electronic copy of resume or curriculum vitae to Ms. Sophie Holiday, sophie.holiday@nrc.gov. Please ensure that the resume or curriculum vitae includes the following information, if applicable: Education, certification, current state regulatory experience, professional association membership, committee membership activities, and leadership activities. Nominations are due on or before September 26, 2011.

   Research Corp. for Science Advancement Call For Submission: Single-Investigator and Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award

The potential of a proposed research project to add to fundamental scientific knowledge is a prime criterion in its evaluation, as is its potential for developing into a long term viable program capable of attracting future support from other agencies. Complete guidelines and eligibility requirements can be found at: http://www.rescorp.org/cottrell-college-science-awards. The electronic submission system will accept pre-proposals between July 25 and September 15, 2011. Applicants whose pre-proposals best fit the program guidelines will be invited to submit a full proposal with a target date of November 15, 2011.

   NSB/NSF Seeks Input on Proposed Merit Review Criteria Revision and Principles

Over the past year, the National Science Board (NSB) has been conducting a review of the National Science Foundation's merit review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). At the Board's May 2011 meeting, the NSB Task Force on Merit Review proposed a revision of the two merit review criteria, clarifying their intent and how they are to be used in the review process. In addition, the Task Force identified a set of important underlying principles upon which the merit review criteria should be based. They now seek your input on the proposed revision and principles. To provide comments and suggestions for improvements through the NSF web site: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/publications/2011/01_19_mrtf.jsp.

   National Institute of General Medical Sciences Issues Strategic Plan for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Training

Investing in the Future reflects NIGMS’ long-standing commitment to research training and the development of a highly capable, diverse biomedical and behavioral research workforce. The new NIGMS strategic plan for biomedical and behavioral research training is now available at http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/trainingstrategicplan/Strategic_Training_Plan.pdf.

 Ongoing CUR Offerings:

  CUR's Enhanced Institutional Membership:

The enhanced institutional membership allows all faculty members from your institution to join the Council on Undergraduate Research, as individual members, at no additional cost to the individual. Institutional cost is based on the number of Full-Time Equivalent students at your institution and ranges from $2000 to $4000 annually.

CUR has recently added additional benefits for our enhanced members.

Those institutions that hold enhanced memberships and have graduate programs will be able to access the Undergraduate Registry for no additional cost. To receive these benefits, please visit http://www.cur.org/ugreg/reg2.asp and register using your institution's name in the PO number field.

Enhanced institutions that send six or more individuals to CUR Dialogues or the CUR National Conference will enjoy an additional 10% discount off the member rate for these events.

We hope that your institution will take advantage of this new membership opportunity to more fully engage faculty members, at your institution, in undergraduate research.

In addition to this new enhanced membership, we will continue to offer the regular institutional membership. Each institution may elect to choose one model or the other.

Should you have any questions regarding institutional membership programs, or any other membership opportunities, please contact Lindsay Currie at lcurrie@cur.org or 202-783-4810x206.

 CUR Logins:

CUR assigns usernames and passwords to members so that they may: login, update records, register for meetings at member rates, and purchase publications at member rates. Your username and password have been sent to you previously. Should you need another copy of this information sent to you via email, please visit: http://cur.networkats.com/members_online/members/password.asp. Non-members who have records in our database may also login to expedite registration processes: however discounts will only be given to members.

 Web Page on Advocacy and Government Relations Issues:

The staff at Washington Partners has put together a web page of materials for CUR Member reference.  The web page houses information on advocacy and government relations issues.  Topics of interest include legislative and event summaries, information on federal funding resources, an ongoing update on the higher education act, and a learning and links section with descriptions of common government processes and links to useful websites.  

To access this page, please visit the members only page from the CUR homepage.  Please note that you will need your members only login to access the page.  Should you have any questions or comments regarding this page, please direct them to wpllc@cur.org.

 Newswise Press Release Subscription Service:

Newswise is an academic news distribution service that provides media with news leads from our member institutions.  Journalists receive this news by subscribing to an emailed Daily Wire.  From the wire, they review news releases and decide whether or not to follow up on any leads and contacts. 

CUR Institutional Members may submit releases to Nancy Hensel at nancy@cur.org. For more information, please refer to the following document: http://www.cur.org/pdf/newswise%20flyer.pdf.

 CUR In the News:

Washington Partners, LLC provides a news monitoring service. Please see the following articles below: 

BU, Upstate Medical Announce New Collaboration

July 25, 2011- WBNG News 12

Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University join forces again building on their collaboration to promote excellence in the region.

Clark U. gets grant to study urban sameness

July 28, 2011 Worcester Telegram

Clark University will be one of several institutions studying how America’s urban landscape is becoming more uniform, the university announced this week.

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