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2020 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research

In 2020, CUR’s Geosciences Division presented the GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research. Please review the citations from the nominators (2020 Award Citations) and join us in congratulating our student awardees for their work and recognition!

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GeoCUR Early Career Distinguished Mentor Award

The Geosciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research has established an annual award to recognize faculty, scientists, and educators engaging in original and successful mentoring of undergraduate research activities who demonstrate dedication to the scholarly success of their students.

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2018 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The 8th recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Colin Laroque, a professor in the Department of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan.  He is an interdisciplinary scientist, with a

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2019 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research

In 2019, CUR’s Geosciences Division presented the GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research. Please review the citations from the nominators (PDF) and join us in congratulating our sixth group of student awardees in the history of this award!

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2017 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The seventh recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Brannon Andersen from the Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University.  The Award recognizes his longstanding excellence in and commitment to ‘teaching through research’ by embedding research in the

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Councilor – Ginny Peterson

Ginny Peterson is a Professor and former Head of the Geology Department at Grand Valley State University.  She has served as a GeoCUR Councilor for many years and is currently serving as Division Chair. “My own experience as an undergraduate

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Councilor – David Szymanski

Dave Szymanski is an associate professor of geology and Chair of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley University. He’s been a CUR member since 2012 and became a GeoCUR councilor in 2018. “I work mainly with undergraduate business

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Councilor – Ken Brown

Ken Brown is a Teaching Assistant Professor at West Virginia University. He began serving as a GeoCUR Councilor in 2017. “As a Teaching Assistant Professor at WVU, one of my primary goals is to provide a memorable classroom experience that

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Councilor – Kristina Walowski

Kristina Walowski is an Assistant Professor of Geology at Middlebury College. She started as a GeoCUR Council in 2018. “For my research, I primarily utilize melt inclusions (tiny blobs of magma trapped in crystals) and mafic minerals (olivine, pyroxene, and

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Councilor – Lydia Fox

Lydia Fox is at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton CA where she is both Director of Undergraduate Research and a professor in the Dept. of Geological & Environmental Sciences.  She has been a GeoCUR Councilor for many years

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Councilor – Dan Brabander

Dan Brabander is a Professor of Geosciences, Frost Professor Environmental Sciences, at Wellesley College. Fostering integration as a way of thinking. Brabander offers “Big Idea” courses that introduce systems thinking in applied and messy problem spaces. Course goals are centered

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2018 CUR Conference

The theme of the 2018 CUR Conference was Creating Collaborative Connections in and through Undergraduate Research. Below are highlighted sessions by GeoCUR councilors and members. Please view the full conference program for a listing of all sessions. PANEL PRESENTATION: Progress in

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2016 CUR Conference

The theme of the 2016 CUR Conference was Advancing Undergraduate Research: Collaboration and Innovation in a Global Society. Below are highlighted sessions by GeoCUR councilors and members. Please view the full conference program for a listing of all sessions. WORKSHOP: Facilitating

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2018 Posters on the Hill

The following posters represented the geosciences at CUR’s Posters on the Hill, April 18, 2018. Alabama Student: Angela R Burke Research Institution: University of Alabama in Huntsville Lead Student Home Institution: University of Alabama in Huntsville Lead Student Home State:

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2017 Posters on the Hill

The following posters represented the geosciences at CUR’s Posters on the Hill, April 26, 2017. Indiana Student(s): Joshua David Pigg | Matthew Barley Research Institution: Indiana State University Lead Student Home Institution: Indiana State UniversityLead Student Home State: IN Faculty

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2016 Posters on the Hill

The following posters represented the geosciences at CUR’s Posters on the Hill, April 19-20, 2016. Florida Student: Miles T. Bengtson Research Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Lead Student Home Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Lead Student Home State: NC Faculty Mentor: Dr.

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2015 Posters on the Hill

The following posters represented the geosciences at CUR’s Posters on the Hill, April 2015. [program information unavailable at this time]  

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2014 Posters on the Hill

The following posters represented the geosciences at CUR’s Posters on the Hill, April 29, 2014. Alabama STUDENT: Casey L. Calamaio INSTITUTION: University of Alabama in Huntsville STUDENT HOME STATE: Vermont DIVISION: Geosciences FACULTY ADVISOR: Robert Griffin POSTER TITLE: From Lindbergh

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2018 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research

In 2018, CUR’s Geosciences Division presented the GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research. Please review the citations from the nominators (PDF) and join us in congratulating our fifth group of student awardees in the history of this award.

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Now accepting nominations for the 2018 GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The Geosciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (GeoCUR) is now accepting nominations for its annual award that highlights the importance of mentoring undergraduate research activities. The award annually recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for

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AGU Virtual Poster Showcase

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Virtual Poster Showcase is an affordable and accessible opportunity that allows undergraduate (pursuing Bachelor’s, Bachelor’s Honors, or Associate’s) and graduate (pursuing Master’s or Ph.D.) students to present their research virtually, alleviating any need to travel.

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Sarah Fortner wins CUR’s 2016 Volunteer Award

Geoscience Councilor Sarah Fortner was recognized at the Annual Business Meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research as the organization’s Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations, Sarah! Sarah Fortner after receiving the CUR Volunteer of the Year Award. Photo taken by

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2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award – Mark Wilson

The fifth recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Mark Wilson, Lewis M. and Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Natural Sciences and Geology at The College of Wooster. Listen to an interview with the awardee (hit the “play”

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2016 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research

For the third time in 2016, CUR’s Geosciences Division presented the GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research.  Please review the citations from the nominators (PDF) and join us in congratulating our third group of student awardees. Media coverage for student

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AGU Signs Agreement with Council on Undergraduate Research

From AGU website (January 7, 2016)  —  In furtherance of their shared goals to build and sustain the global science talent pool,the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

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