Smart Energy Scholars
The National Science Foundation S-STEM Smart Energy Scholars Program
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a five-year Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant to Queensborough Community College (Queensborough) and its partners at Binghamton University (Binghamton) and Broome Community College (SUNY Broome). Its goal is to support academically talented Queensborough Community College students who demonstrate financial need by providing scholarships and guaranteed transfer to Binghamton University. While at Queensborough Community College, S-STEM students will conduct mentored research and participate in a weekly seminar course. Students in the Queensborough Community College cohort will also have opportunities to meet their peers at Binghamton University and SUNY Broome by attending events locally and in Binghamton. Each academic year, cohorts will consist of 6 new students and 6 continuing students. More senior students will serve as peer mentors, and all will receive advisement from faculty mentors and support from their colleagues at the partner institutions with the goal of easing the transition to Binghamton University. Upon transfer, students will complete bachelor's degrees in chemistry, physics, or mechanical engineering and conduct research in smart energy fields that will enable a future of alternative energy sources and energy efficient technologies.
Council of Undergraduate Research:
In This Issue...
- Now Open: Abstract Submission for CUR's 2018 Posters on the Hill
- Apply by Tomorrow for Student Travel Awards, CUR Physics and Astronomy Division
- Nominations Open for 2018 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award
- Applications Sought from Potential Hosts for CUR's 19th Biennial Conference
- Mentors: Nominate Students by October 15 for CUR Psychology Division Travel Awards
- The Ohio State University to Host CUR's 2019 Summer Meetings
- New Submission Website and Ad Info for SPUR, CUR's Scholarly Journal
- CUR Welcomes New Members
- Title VI Virtual Technical Assistance Workshop Scheduled for Sept 19-20
- Deadline Is October 1 to Apply for Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research Program
- CUR Event: Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute (Nov 2017; application deadline: Oct 3, 2017)
- CUR Event: Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs (Jan 2018; application deadline: Nov 15, 2017)
- CUR Event: Broadening Participation Institute (Mar 2018; application deadline: Feb 12, 2018)
- CUR Events and Deadlines
Now Open: Abstract Submission for CUR's 2018 Posters on the Hill
Abstracts can be submitted for CUR's 2018 Posters on the Hill, an annual event that showcases undergraduate research from around the country to congressional representatives and their staff members. To submit, visit CUR's 2018 Posters on the Hill submission webpage. The submission deadline is November 1, 2017.
Apply by Tomorrow for Student Travel Awards, CUR Physics and Astronomy Division
The CUR Physics and Astronomy Division offers travel awards of up to $500 to help support students who will present at CUR events or other professional meetings relevant to the division. Applications for travel awards must include a one-page letter outlining the nature of the meeting, a brief budget, and an abstract of the paper(s) or poster(s) to be presented. Applicants’ mentors must be CUR members. Submit all materials to division chair Terry Oswalt. Due dates for applications are September 15, 2017, at 5 pm EDT and March 16, 2018, at 5 pm EDT.
Nominations Open for 2018 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award
Nominations have opened for the 2018 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award, which recognizes eminent STEM researchers who have a substantial record of mentoring Goldwater Scholars and other undergraduates in innovative ways. The deadline for nomination letters from institutional presidents and provosts is November 6, 2017. For details on eligibility and the nomination process, visit the webpage for the 2018 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award.
The Ohio State University to Host CUR's 2019 Summer Meetings
The Ohio State University will host CUR's Undergraduate Research Program Directors Meeting and Annual Business Meeting in June 2019. READ MORE
New Submission Website and Ad Info for SPUR, CUR's Scholarly Journal
The new submission website for Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) is located at http://spur.msubmit.net. Articles submitted at the CUR Quarterly website have been transferred to the SPUR website. The login credentials of authors from the CUR Quarterly site remain the same on the SPUR website. Questions about potential SPUR submissions may be directed to the particular divisional editor or to SPUR Editor-in-Chief James LaPlant.
Advertising information also has been posted for the journal. Upcoming themes are "Innovative Learning Spaces That Promote Undergraduate Research" (winter 2017), "Undergraduate Research and Student Success Outcomes" (spring 2018), and "Leveraging Undergraduate Research to Foster Diversity and Achieve Equity" (summer 2018).
CUR Welcomes New Members
CUR welcomes the following new members to enhanced membership:
- Misericordia University
- University of Washington Bothell
CUR Event: Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs - Jan 19-21, 2018
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (application deadline: Nov 15, 2017)
This institute is designed for campus representatives establishing new undergraduate research programs or centralized undergraduate research offices, expanding undergraduate research opportunities from a single department to a campus-wide program, and/or serving new constituencies (such as community college students, underrepresented students, first- and second-year students, graduate students as mentors, and faculty from disciplines new to undergraduate research such as arts and humanities). Participants will develop a strategic implementation plan through sessions on (1) developing an office (budgets, staffing, and programming); (2) identifying and working with campus partners and collaborators; (3) understanding funding models, including undergraduate research as a Broader Impacts activity; and (4) addressing assessment and evaluation. CUR’s Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) and other materials will be used to help participants perform a self-evaluation, develop a strategic plan, and outline short- and long-term goals after the institute. To apply, visit the institute webpage.
CUR EVENT Broadening Participation Institute
Mar 23-25, 2018—Bowie State University, Bowie, MD (application deadline: Feb 12, 2018)
CUR’s Broadening Participation Institute seeks to assist faculty and administrators in developing or enhancing their knowledge, skills, and competencies in increasing access, fostering diversity, and creating an inclusive environment for all STEM students. Institutions will send teams of faculty and administrators to the institute, and they will work together to craft an action plan to achieve inclusive excellence on their home campuses. To apply, visit the institute webpage.