2012 CUR Conference

Conference Theme: Leveraging Uncertainty: Toward a New Generation of Undergraduate Research
CUR held their 14th biennial conference at The College of New Jersey, NJ, June 23-26, 2010.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus and by Geoscience Division members.  A sample of the talks and posters are listed below.

Social Media Tools for Networking, Collaborating, and Disseminating Undergraduate Research
Laura A. Guertin, Associate Professor, Penn State Brandywine; Meagen Pollock, Assistant Professor, The College of Wooster
This session focuses on advantages/challenges of using social media for facilitating undergraduate research, including social media etiquette and fair use and copyright regulations. Specific examples include developing research communities, finding online resources, archiving the research process, and dissemination. Participants can bring a laptop to explore/discuss their own uses, and resources will be documented on the CUR Geoscience Division’s website.
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Wear Two Hats: The Dual Roles of Many Undergraduate Research Program Directors
Anne Boettcher, Janice DeCosmo, Lydia K. Fox, Patricia Pukkila
This session will focus on successful strategies for balancing the multiple roles of Undergraduate Research Program Directors (URPD).  We will consider how to address conflicts in priorities across the roles and how both CUR and institutions can address these issues.

Undergraduate Research Offices and Programs: Models and Practices
Laura Guertin, Niccole Cerveny, and additional presenters
With heightened interest in the centralization of undergraduate research (UR), come many questions about how best to initiate, grow, and sustain UR offices.  This interactive session will present models, practices, and features of undergraduate research offices from a range of institutions: private and public universities; research intensive and predominantly undergraduate institutions; as well as UR centers in larger divisions.

Resources to Transform Undergraduate Geoscience Education:  A New Faculty Development Opportunity
Jill Singer, Jeffrey Ryan
This session will highlight funding opportunities for educational innovation through the Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) Program and other funding opportunities in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education and the Geosciences Directorate.  We will as well highlight characteristics of effective educational projects and proposals, and discuss support opportunities for geoscience investigators seeking to submit proposals to the TUES Program.

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