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Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UNCP Tulla Lightfoot Art Department The Council on Undergraduate Research Council On Undergraduate Research 734 15 th Street N.W. Suite 550 Washington, DC 20005 202 783-4810 CUR History

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council on undergraduate research
Council On Undergraduate Research

734 15th Street N.W.

Suite 550

Washington, DC 20005

202 783-4810

cur history
CUR History
  • Founded 1978 by chemistry professors from private liberal arts colleges and 1983 membership extended to faculty from public institutions.
  • Awareness that faculty members on these campuses do research.
  • Their research contributes to their fields, society and their teaching.
different t ypes of institutions of higher e d
Different Types of Institutions of Higher Ed
  • Flagship campus – Chapel Hill – the primary campus (research)
state schools
State Schools
  • NC State (once called North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts)– land-grant campus – Morrill Act of 1862 gave states federal land to build colleges to teach agriculture, engineering and home economics.
  • Largest NC campus
comprehensive institutions
Comprehensive Institutions
  • 4 year degree granting institutions
  • Normal Schools movement 1880s- Teacher training institutions (UNCP opened as “Croatan Normal School” in 1887 with 15 students and 1 teacher – to train public school teachers.)
research expectations
Research Expectations

Flagship Schools - research

  • Graduate programs

Land-grant Schools – applied research

  • (engineering and agriculture.)

Normal Schools – teacher training campuses. Teaching campuses – not research institutions


Tier 1 campuses: (based on US News and World Report – ranking begun in 1983)

  • Based on surveys or University catalogs. Ranking is done by faculty and administrators of different schools.
2008 tier 1 campuses
2008 Tier 1 campuses

1. Harvard Score: 100

1. Princeton 100

3. Yale 98

4. Cal Institute of Technology 93

4. Mass Institute of Technology 93

4. Stanford University 93

4. University of Pennsylvania 93

8. Columbia University 91

north carolina tiered campuses
North Carolina Tiered Campuses

Rank Score

10. Duke 90

  • NC Chapel Hill 70
  • Wake Forest Univ. 70
  • NC State 42

UNC Charlotte Tier 4 unscored

  • UNCP one of the most affordable in the nation: U.S. News “Best Colleges and Universities”
  • A “Best Southeastern College”: The Princeton Review
  • “Best College Region by Region”: Princeton review based on student surveys
  • Grads finish with 4th lowest student debt in NC and 20th in the state among peer institutions: US News
  • 2nd in South for racial diversity, 12th in South and 3rd in NC for economic diversity: U.S. News
  • 6th in NC for international students
effects of school type and rank on funding in wisconsin
Effects of School type and Rank on Funding in Wisconsin
  • 68% of all funding goes to UW Madison
  • 15% of all funding goes to UW Milwaukee
  • 17% of all funding goes to other campuses
founded to advocate for research funding

Founded to advocate for research funding

Strength in numbers

Explain what faculty smaller institutions do

Encourage National funding

Encourage research at smaller universities


cur history18
CUR History
  • Founded 1978
  • 1983 RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions), introduced by NSF.
  • 1984 Physics/Astronomy and Biology (CRAB) added.
  • 1985 First national conference on UR
  • 1985 NIH AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Awards) Program introduced
  • 1985 Alliance with American Chemical Society begun.
  • 1987 first National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR separate org – now combined.)

1988 formed National Office PEW grant to establish. First national office at UNC Asheville moves to D.C. in 1998.

  • 1990 Grants from corporations and foundations funded summer fellowships.
  • 1994 SURE summer fellowships awarded in biology with NSF-REU (Research Experiences for Undergrads) funds awarded to CUR
  • 2001 New mission to include all academic institutions and all academic fields.
  • 2002? Hired Washington Partners lobbyists to lobby for undergraduate research funding.
  • Inclusion of ARTs on the Hill to coincide with Posters on the Hill (POH) 2011 – luncheon? Need to get this off the ground.
  • Proposed meetings with NIH and NEA for funding initiatives. (2011)

CUR Quarterly – publishing opportunities

    • Notice of funding opportunities
  • Student Research presentationsopportunities
  • Faculty conference presentation opportunities.
  • Government lobbyists for more funding for our types of universities.
  • Notice of CUR conferences, and special activities
  • You can be hired as a CUR consultant for program assessment purposes
  • Membership may help win grants
  • Mentoring services

Advocacy kits for state funding

  • Posters on the Hill – Arts on the Hill
  • CUR literature e.g. “How to Get Started in Research”
  • Endowed Undergraduate research fellowships.
  • CUR led faculty retreats.
  • Attend Congressional briefings
  • New divisions
  • Service opportunities
  • Meet colleagues from across the country and around the world.
facts about

Facts about

Current membership of 4,500.

Membership of over 600 colleges and universities.

Now offering institutional membership which means all faculty can register as members – UNCP status

undergraduate research
Undergraduate Research
  • An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
benefits of undergraduate research
Benefits of Undergraduate Research
  • Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
  • Increases retention
  • Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • Develops an understanding of research methodology
  • Promotes an innovation-oriented culture
get involved
Get Involved
  • 1. Join CUR
  • 2. Have students submit abstracts to SNCURS and PURCS.
  • 3. Encourage students to submit abstracts to NCUR and Posters on the Hill.
  • Present posters or sessions and attend CUR biannual conferences.
  • Attend Washington briefings.

5. Apply for CUR funding.

Tulla Lightfoot

Art Department

CUR counselor