URSCO For Faculty


Offerings for Faculty

Date/Time Title Location

Jan 27 / 10:00 – 11:00

Jan 27 / 2:00 – 3:00

How to write a good URCA proposal Virtual

Feb 16 / 4:00 – 5:00

Mentors Meeting: Mentoring Undergraduates in Research and Creative Inquiry Virtual
Feb 4 / 11:30 – 1:00 HIPs Brown Bag: Assessing High-Impact Practices for Quality and Equity: Centering Racially Minoritized Student Experiences Virtual
Mar 10 / 11:30 – 1:00 HIPs Brown Bag Virtual

Event Details:

COURSE-BASED UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCES (CURES) IN A VIRTUAL WORLD: A WORKSHOP.

APRIL 19 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Virtual Event
 
Join us for a conversation about course-based undergraduate research in a virtual world and for presentations by current (Jennida Chase from Media Studies and Erin Lawrimore from the Library Archives) and recent URSCO fellows to hear about their experiences with CUREs in their classes over the past year.

The workshop is open to everyone who would like to join the discussion to contribute about their own experiences or to learn about how to implement CUREs in a class.

This workshop will help kick-off Undergraduate Research Week. (April 19th – 23rd) at UNCG.
 

How to Write a Good URCA Proposal
Date and Time as above, Virtual link will be sent after registration

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.

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Mentoring Underrepresented Undergraduates in Research and Creative Inquiry
Date and Time as above, Virtual link will be sent after registration

All engaged in facilitating undergraduate research are strongly encouraged to attend. 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. Emphasis will be placed on mentoring first generation and underrepresented students. Designed for all faculty.

Register for this workshop

Assessing High-Impact Practices for Quality and Equity: Centering Racially Minoritized Student Experiences

High-impact practices (HIPs) represent a key feature of many undergraduate programs. Yet with popularity comes a rise in labeling many things HIPs, sometimes with insufficient attention to quality of implementation and to what makes longstanding practices such as learning communities, undergraduate research, internships, and culminating experiences so transformative. Ensuring that HIPs deliver equally transformative benefits for racially minoritized students and that all students have access to HIPs that are high-quality experiences are critical equity considerations. This session shares recent findings about the twin concerns of quality and equity to examine the extent to which students are exposed to the eight HIP qualities and to explore variation by racial identity groups. This assessment approach and results can inform efforts to strengthen HIPs, identify shortcomings, and consider quality from the perspective of racially minoritized students in HIPs.

Register for this HIPs Brown Bag


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 non-tenure trackpre-tenured (early career), and tenured (career) faculty for their efforts to engage undergraduates in experiential learning through research. The 2021 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Awardees will be acknowledged during the 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.

Recipients:


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.