Thursday, February 24, 2011

Towson University REU in Molecular Ecology

The Biology Department announces the 2011 Research Experience in Molecular Ecology Program. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (REU) and Towson University. This program is designed for students with an interest in ecology and the application of molecular tools to that field. The Program is particularly geared towards students with no prior research experience and students from groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed freshman level courses in Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Environmental Science. Prior experience in multiple disciplines is not necessary but students should be interested in working within an interdisciplinary environment.

Students will earn a $4000 stipend over the 9 week program. Housing will be provided in 2 to 4 bedroom apartments on Towson University campus along with a meal allowance that can be used at campus dining facilities.

Deadline: March 15, 2011 

ISSoTL and CUR PreConference Workshop


International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) announce that they will be again co-sponsoring a pre-conference workshop, "International perspectives on engaging undergraduate students in research and inquiry: First year through graduation," before ISSoTL's conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Conference Dates: October 19-23, 2011
Deadline for abstract submission: March 15, 2011
ISoTTL Conference website:
CUR announcement (not yet updated), and information from last year:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

“Undergraduate Research Week” in April

US House of Representatives Supports Undergraduate Research
The Week of April 11, 2011 Designated “Undergraduate Research Week”

Washington, DC- The Council on Undergraduate Research joins undergraduate students, faculty members and colleges and universities engaged in undergraduate research in celebrating this week’s action on the floor of the US House of Representatives that honored undergraduate research and its invaluable contributions.  On November 16, 2010, the House designated the week of April 11, 2011 as “Undergraduate Research Week.”   

“This action acknowledges the important and exciting research undergraduate students are conducting with the guidance of their faculty mentors.  The endeavor has a tremendous impact on students’ academic and professional pursuits, and benefits the country economically,” said CUR Executive Officer Nancy Hensel of the House’s approval of the measure.  I hope this recognition from our country’s elected officials encourages colleges and universities to create more research opportunities for undergraduate students.” 

The measure, H. Res. 1654, was championed by ardent undergraduate research supporter Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12); other Congressional advocates of innovation, university-based research and expanded opportunities for young people signed on to support the resolution before it was debated this week, including Representative Vernon J. Ehlers (MI-3), Representative Mazie K. Hirono (HI-2), and Representative Daniel Lipinski (IL-3).  During consideration of the measure on the floor of the House, Holt said, “Around the country, thousands of students at hundreds of colleges and universities are involved in undergraduate research experiences that will shape the future trajectories of their lives and careers, yet we would benefit if thousands more were involved.”  Holt and Representative Glenn Thompson (PA-5), who also spoke in support of the resolution, linked the importance of undergraduate research to fostering a innovative culture in the United States.  

-Press Release from The Council on Undergraduate Research

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

REU: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior

The goal of this program is to provide 12 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of human and animal behavior at Oklahoma State University. Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects.  Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Students will be mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who are tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research. Each student will reside in a campus dormitory and receive $500 per week to cover food and other living expenses.

Webpage: REU: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior
Program dates: June 4, 2011-July 31, 2011
Application deadline: March 15, 2011, Application

Monday, February 14, 2011

Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal Editors needed

The Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal publishes undergraduate research by students at CAA institutions.

  • The journal publishes once a year, and is an online-only, open access publication.
  • The CAA Journal is a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate work, designed to add to the body of knowledge in all fields and to showcase the outstanding scholarship of undergraduates.
  • It provides a forum for students to publicly share their research, offering opportunities for exposing their work to potential graduate programs and employers. 
  • Faculty-mentored research papers and theses from all disciplines will be considered.
  • Any undergraduate student at a CAA school may submit work to this journal, and to be eligible for publication, the research must be faculty mentored.
If you are interested in serving as an editor or reviewer, please submit a letter of interest to Laura Burtle, Managing Editor, at Include your disciplinary area(s) and an indication that you will be able to manage manuscripts that are generally submitted following Undergraduate Research Conferences held in the Spring semester. Editors should be faculty, staff, or students at a CAA institution.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Publishing Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

The George Mason Review is looking for submissions of exemplary undergraduate work for publication in its 20th volume. The Review is a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary journal interested in giving you the recognition you deserve. We strongly encourage you to submit your work for the opportunity of publication in this spring's issue of the George Mason Review.

Guidelines for submissions can be found at
Questions? Emailed

Reacting to the Past Summer Institute for Faculty

Applications are being accepted for supported participation in the NSF sponsored Science track at the  Reacting to the Past Summer Institute at Barnard University, New York City, June 9-12. NSF support for selected participants consists of Registration Fee, housing at Barnard, and breakfast and lunch beginning with lunch on June 9 and ending with lunch on June 12. Applicants are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is a game playing/simulation pedagogy now in use at over 400 colleges and universities. Students develop their roles and participate in unscripted games. The pedagogy increases student engagement with material and enhances critical thinking. Because students are playing assigned roles, RTTP students cover all points of view on controversial topics and student are free to speak through the voice of their characters in ways they may be reluctant to speaK in their own voice. Faculty who have used RTTP frequently report that teaching RTTP is the most fun they have ever had as teachers.

The best way to learn about RTTP is to attend the Summer Institute where you will play games as the students do and become part of the network of faculty who prepare and use these materials.
The NSF is supporting the development of RTTP Science games that correspond in length to a typical chapter of a science course. These games are suitable for the spectrum of science courses, both for majors and non-majors.  The Summer Institute also includes a longer science game, Evolution in Kansas, that has been used in general science and critical thinking courses.

  • Featured Games at the RTTP Summer Institute:
    • Challenging the Food Pyramid  - for use in chemistry, biology, and general science courses that cover nutrition
    • Ways and Means -  for use in math literacy courses
    • Evolution in Kansas -1999 - for use in courses on evolution and cosmology (book length game)
  • Other  available games:
    • The Pluto Debate for use in Physics and Astronomy courses
    • Catalytic Converters – The European Response to NOx Pollution - for chemistry and environmental science courses
    • Acid Rain in Europe 1984 – The European Response to SO2 Pollution - for chemistry and environmental science courses
Deadline for application: March 27, 2011

Students as Scholars QEP is here!

Printed copies of the Students as Scholars QEP have arrived at Mason!  They are being distributed to the SACS on-site committee now, and will be sent to departments on campus in the next few weeks. The final version is also available in pdf form at  I keep saying it, and it's important to repeat, that this plan is the result of the hard work of many faculty, students, and staff, and hopefully will be embraced by the Mason community as their own.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

CUR Social Science Division: Student Travel Awards

The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 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 fiscal year 2010 - 2011. In order to be eligible, the student must be a junior or senior, the student’s mentor must be a CUR member or the student’s home institution must be a CUR institutional member and the student’s home institution must match the $200 CUR travel grant.

Deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but started being accepted November 1, 2010

Website: For more information and application guidelines visit or contact James LaPlant at

CUR Biology Division: Student Travel Awards

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year 2010 - 2011. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster and to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience. Minority students are encouraged to apply. For application requirements visit:

Send Application Materials: by email to and fax receipts (only) to Evelyn Hiatt at Kentucky Wesleyan College 270-852-3145.

Abstract Deadline: Applications must be received by 5 pm EST February 15, 2011 for meetings held March – June 2011. Award decisions will be made as quickly as possible after the appropriate deadline.