URSCO for Faculty

Offerings for Faculty


Date/Time Title Location

September 11, 2018

9:30 – 10:45

How to write a good URCA proposal Faculty Center

September 18, 2018

11:30 – 1:00

HIPs Brown Bag — Easing the Transition for First-Year Students through High Impact Practices Faculty Center

September 19, 2018

10:00 – 11:00

Mentoring Undergraduates in Research and Creative Inquiry Faculty Center

November 14, 2018

11:30 – 1:00

HIPs Brown Bag – Capstones and Signature Work Faculty Center

February 12, 2019

11:30 – 1:00

HIPs Brown Bag – Integrated and Applied Learning Faculty Center

March 13, 2019

11:30 – 1:00

HIPs Brown Bag – The Common Read and Characteristics of First-Year Students Faculty Center


How to Write a Good URCA Proposal
Tues., 9/11, 9:30 – 10:45 AM, Faculty Center
This workshop is designed for faculty interested in developing a competitive proposal for support through the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award (URCA) program. We will focus on the basics of research at the undergraduate level, student and faculty benefits and expectations, as well as tips for engaging students in meaningful scholarly experiences.  Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu.

Mentoring Undergraduates in Research and Creative Inquiry
Wed., 9/19,10:00 – 11:00 AM
This workshop will focus on the basics of research at the undergraduate level from the faculty perspective. We will discuss student and faculty benefits and expectations, as well as tips for engaging students in meaningful scholarly experiences. Designed for all faculty. Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu.


Additional Spring Offerings will include:

  • Exploring CUREs (Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences)
    • Details will be provided later
  • Transparent Assignment Design
    • Details will be provided later


Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) requests nominations of outstanding UNCG faculty mentors for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards. We seek to recognize both pre-tenured (early career) and tenured (career) faculty for their efforts to engage undergraduates in experiential learning through research. The 2019 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Awardees will be acknowledged during the 13th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, which will be held on April 4, and presented during UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring semester. These honors will include a plaque and $1,000 to support activities related to research and/or creative inquiry as it involves undergraduates during the following academic year.

Eligibility: UNCG faculty members with experience mentoring UNCG undergraduate students in projects that contribute to their disciplinary scholarship are eligible for this award. Nominees should hold a terminal degree in their discipline. The faculty member must have mentored at least five UNCG undergraduate students in research and/or creative inquiry. Prior recipients can be reconsidered after a three-year interlude.

Examples of the types of activities that will be considered in the selection process include:

  • Evidence of consistent research and scholarly activity involving UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry;
  • Mentoring UNCG undergraduates whose work has led to peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations;
  • Innovative approaches to mentoring undergraduates, including the involvement of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in undergraduate student mentorship
  • Extramural support for undergraduate research activities through grants, contracts, and/or fundraising.


Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) – Enhanced Institutional Membership

UNCG is an Enhanced Institutional Member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). This allows any interested UNCG faculty or staff to join CUR as an individual member at no additional cost. The Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) (formerly CUR Quarterly) is available to all CUR members electronically.

The Self-Service portal, in which faculty will be able to sign up on the CUR website and add themselves to the Enhanced membership, is currently under construction. During this time please send an email to the Membership Coordinator, Janae Douglas at jdouglas@cur.org and she will be able to add you to UNCG’s membership. CUR will provide instructions on how to join using the Self-Service portal once the update is complete.

Please note that this membership will include an electronic subscription to the SPUR, but you may purchase a hard copy subscription by visiting: https://myaccount.cur.org/bookstore.

Developing External Funding Opportunities

The URSCO is interested in working with faculty to identify funding opportunities and to co-write proposals that will increase the number of UNCG students engaged in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities. The URSCO has worked with faculty members in mathematics and biology on a grant for interdisciplinary research projects for undergraduates. URSCO also worked with the Music Research Institute on a grant to support undergraduate research. If you would like to work with the URSCO on funding opportunities, please contact us.

Societies Dedicated to Undergraduate Research