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AGU Town Hall on Discovery-Based Research Experiences

Members of the Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) are leading a Town Hall session at the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco titled National Academy of Sciences Convocation Report: Integrating Discovery-Based Research

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AGI hosts 2015 “Life as a Geoscientist” Photo Contest

AGI is looking for any and all geoscience images featuring our internships, research, or geoscience work as a whole. Photos can be entered into three different categories: Outdoor Lab, Indoor Lab, and Data Visualization. AGI wants our best photos showing

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GeoCUR signs on to AGI’s Disability Consensus Statement

Disability Consensus Statement The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) statement on access and inclusion of geoscientists living with disabilities, written as a community document in 2015, serves to increase awareness of the challenges we face and the responsibilities we have as

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Councilor – Jennifer Wenner

Jennifer Wenner is a Professor of Geology at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with expertise in igneous petrology/geochemistry and geoscience education.  She has been a councilor since 2013. “Undergraduate research is one of the most important and rewarding parts of my

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2015 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research

For the second time in 2015, CUR’s Geosciences Division presented the GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research.  Please review the citations from the nominators and join us in congratulating our second group of student awardees. Media coverage for student award

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2014 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The fourth recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Mary MacLaughlin, from Montana Tech of The University of Montana. View the award citation (PDF file coming soon) and listen to an interview with the awardee (hit the “play”

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AGU 2014 – Student poster sessions and faculty workshop

The following sessions were co-sponsored by GeoCUR for undergraduate student presenters: Undergraduate Earth, atmospheric, ocean, and space science Research and Outreach Showcase Aisha Renee Morris, UNAVCO, Boulder, CO, United States, Lee Phillips, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Geology, Greensboro,

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GSA 2014 – GeoCUR workshop

2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition 19-22 October 2014 Vancouver, BC, Canada  http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2014/home/   Workshop #523. Getting Started in Undergraduate Research for New, Future and Current Faculty. Sat., 18 Oct., 1–5 p.m. US$40. Limit: 20. CEU: 0.4.

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Councilor – Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She began serving as a GeoCUR councilor in 2014 and ended her term in 2017.   “I am pleased

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Councilor – Erik Klemetti

Erik Klemetti is an assistant professor in Geosciences at Denison University. He has been serving as a GeoCUR councilor since 2013. “Undergraduate research in my own experience is was launched me onto the path I know follow as a geoscientist.

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2014 GeoCUR Award For Excellence in Student Research

For the first time in 2014, CUR’s Geosciences Division presented the GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research.  Please review the citations from the nominators and join us in congratulating our first group of student awardees.  

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AGU 2013 sessions and workshop

SESSION: ED23D. Models of Successful Undergraduate Research Programs in the Earth Sciences With advances in technology, increased field access, changes in funding, increased interdisciplinary work, and global connections, undergraduate research mentoring and programs are varied in their structure and expectations.

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2013 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The third recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Mary Savina, from Carleton College. View the award citation (PDF file) and listen to an interview with the awardee (hit the “play” arrow below the image).  http://www.personal.psu.edu/uxg3/geocurvoices/2013GeoCURMentorAward.mp3

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Councilor – Kim Hannula

Kim Hannula is a Professor of Geoscience, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Undergraduate Research Director at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She began serving as a GeoCUR Councilor in 2013, but also was also a councilor from

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MentorTip: a list of topics for research collaboration

GeoCUR Council Dan Moore provides a tip for how to connect a student with a topic to begin a research collaboration. “I use class projects to advertise the kinds of things I work on.  I typically allow students in classes

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GSA 2013 – GeoCUR workshop and session

2013 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition “Celebrating Advances in Geoscience – GSA 125th Anniversary” 27-30 October 2013 Denver, Colorado USA  http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2013/ GeoCUR-sponsored technical session. T114. Changes in the Undergraduate Research Experience over Time: Perspectives from Individual Mentors, Departments, and Institutions (Posters). View

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Councilor – Charles Tilburg

Charles Tilburg is an Associate Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of New England.   He is also the Associate Dean and Undergraduate Research Coordinator of the College of Arts and Sciences. He served as a GeoCUR councilor 2013-2014.

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Councilor – Wes Dripps

Wes is an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University in South Carolina.  He began serving as a councilor in 2013. “I am an avid supporter of undergraduate student research and have been very outspoken on the

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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. 

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2010 CUR Conference

Conference Theme:  Undergraduate Research as a Transformative Practice CUR held their 13th biennial conference at Weber State University, UT, June 19-22, 2010.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus and by Geoscience Division members.  A sample of the talks

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2008 CUR Conference

Conference Theme:  Frontiers and Challenges in Undergraduate Education CUR held their 12th biennial conference at the College of Saint Benedict, MN, June 21-24, 2008.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus.  A sample of the talks and posters are

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2006 CUR Conference

Conference Theme:  Learning Through Research CUR held their 11th biennial conference at the DePauw University, IN, June 24-27, 2006.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus.  A sample of the talks and posters are listed below. Resources and Strategies

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2004 CUR Conference

Conference Theme:  Crossing Boundaries CUR held their 10th biennial conference at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, WI, June 23-26, 2004.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus.  A sample of the talks and posters are listed below. Research Funding Opportunities

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2012 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The second recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Tracey Holloway, from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. View the award citation (PDF file) and listen to an interview with the awardee

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2011 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The first recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is John Brady, from the Department of Geosciences at Smith College. View the award citation (PDF file) and listen to an interview with the awardee (hit the “play” arrow below).

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