CUR Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

Dear Students:
The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Any undergraduate may go to http://www.cur.org/projects_and_services/registry/ to fill out a simple information form. Students may also elect to complete a longer curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service.

Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.

Graduate schools may provide a link to their websites, and may provide a short description of opportunities, such as research fields and fellowships.

For graduate schools that wish to review the student information, there is an access fee of $1,500 for the entire database, or $300 for one specific discipline. Again, there is no cost to you as a student to create a profile.

Our hope that students who are currently in their junior year will register now, but anyone with undergraduate research experience may register at any time. You will be able to update your listing as appropriate, to include any summer research experience or information about Senior Theses and test scores. We also welcome submissions by students who are engaged in Masters’ Degree programs now but who plan on going on to a PhD program. Just fill out the information on the form including the date you intend to enter a PhD program and your date of completion of your undergraduate degree. Upload a link to your CV that contains complete information about your MS/MA degree activity (school, subject, thesis topic (if applicable), and advisor).

CUR believes that this service will be a great benefit for both students and graduate schools by narrowing the search for the right match. So if you are interested in graduate school, please take a moment to register now. Be sure to include a statement of your research interests, as this will be important for making the match.

If you have any questions feel free to contact:

Robin Howard
Senior Director, Membership Services
Council on Undergraduate Research
734 15th St NW
Suite 550
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 783-4810×203
(202) 783-4811 fax
robin@cur.org

VCU Student Research Organization-General Body Meeting is Sept. 17 at 6pm

VCU Student Research Organization Meeting

Where: VCU Student Commons Theater

When: Monday September 17, 2012 6pm

The Student Research Organization’s next General Body meeting will be
held Monday, September 17th, at 6 pm in the VCU Student Commons Theater. The Student Research Organization (SRO) was built and founded by students, for students, to promote undergraduate research at Virginia Commonwealth University. As VCU makes the shift to become more research oriented, this will be the student-built group that will hopefully make a big difference in the change.

The Student Research Organization (SRO) exists to raise awareness in undergraduate research through educational programs, workshops, and by providing avenues to become more involved in research.

At this meeting, we will discuss our overall purpose and ideas for future events, as well as present our upcoming events that we have planned for the semester.

For more information contact: SROVCU@gmail.com

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Posters on the Hill – Call for Abstracts!

As institutional members of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), VCU students are encouraged to apply for acceptance.  Travel and poster printing support is available for accepted students!  Please note the deadline of November 1, 2012.  This is a very competitive and prestigious presentation opportunity.  One of our 2011 UROP Fellows, Victoria Hribar, presented her research at last year’s event.

Message from Robin Howard, Senior Director of Operations for the Council on Undergraduate Research:

In the Spring of 2013 the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 17th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR’s disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). In order to ensure proper review of applications, the above are the only disciplines that may apply. Should your research be inter-disciplinary, please select the division that most closely describes your research.

Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our on-line submission form. Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract. A document listing the information required for submission can be found by visiting: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/student_events/posters_on_the_hill_information_for_submission/ .

For more information, and the link to submit an application, please visit: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/student_events/posters_on_the_hill_call_for_abstracts/

Please be sure that both portions (the electronic application and the electronic recommendation letter) are submitted by November 1, 2012. Please encourage your students to submit. This is a highly competitive program, which makes for a very exciting experience for the students and their faculty advisors alike.

For more information about the Posters on the Hill program, please visit http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/student_events/posters_on_the_hill/