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Undergraduate Research Rubrics
Undergraduate research is becoming more important in higher education as evidence is accumulating that clear, inquiry-based learning, scholarship, and creative accomplishments can and do foster effective, high levels of student learning. This curricular innovation includes identifying a concrete investigative problem, carrying out the project, and sharing findings with peers.
The Council on Undergraduate
Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is
to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree,
with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students
and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry/Biochemistry,
Economics, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Professions, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science,
Psychology and Sociology.
Any undergraduate may go to www.cur.org/ugreg/ to
fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to bona
fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service. Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information
for other marketing purposes will not be granted access. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite
applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial
An institution-wide annual subscription fee for access to the entire database is $1,500 and departments can subscribe for
$300 on their own for their discipline, if they choose. Again, there is no cost to you as a student to create a profile.
Graduate schools may provide a link to their websites, and may provide a short description of opportunities,
such as research fields and fellowships. It will also be possible for institutions to place an ad on the database website
if the content is related to the mission of CUR and the Undergraduate Registry.
We hope that students who are currently in their junior year will register now, but anyone with undergraduate
research experience may register at any time. You will be able to update your listing as appropriate, to include any summer research experience
or information about Senior Theses and test scores. We also welcome submissions by students who are engaged in Masters'
Degree programs now but who plan on going on to a PhD program. Just fill out the information on the form including the date
you intend to enter a PhD program and your date of completion of your undergraduate degree. Upload a link to your
CV that contains complete information about your MS/MA degree activity (school, subject, thesis topic (if applicable), and
CUR believes that this service will be a great benefit for both students and graduate schools by narrowing the search for
the right match. So if you are interested in graduate school, please take a moment to register now. Be sure
to include a statement of your research interests, as this will be important for making the match.
Please feel free to contact me, should you have any questions.
Senior Director, Membership Services
Council on Undergraduate Research
734 15th St NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 783-4810x203 - (202) 783-4811 fax - email@example.com
E. Kellett, PhD, Former Dean, College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University
undergraduate research initiative exemplifies my philosophy of empowered
leadership. The College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University was one
of the first to participate in the undergraduate research initiative. Not
only does the experience of conducting, presenting, and publishing research
support the professional development of undergraduate students, it also
empowers faculty mentors to gain leadership skills. For example, one of the
students at K-State conducted a study that was presented at the KON
Conclave, which the faculty member also attended. The undergraduate research
study contributed to the studentís decision to pursue a masterís degree
Ė and the faculty mentor served as the chair of the graduate program
committee for the student. The masterís level research was published in
the professional journal of the discipline, and won the national award for
best graduate research paper that year! The student recently began a
doctoral program at another university, and aspires to become a professor.
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University: Julia Miller, Won Song Kansas State University: Virginia Moxley University of MarylandEastern Shore: Shirley Hymon-Parker Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society: Dorothy Mitstifer
Undergraduate Research Community for the
Human Sciences (URC)
This project will create a framework
and community to augment the scholarship of learning and teaching in preparing
students for graduate education, the workplace, and responsible citizenship. It
will serve as a catalyst for increasing the experiential content of
undergraduate education in the human sciences. In other words, this project
develops a model to advance both undergraduate student development and a
national undergraduate research agenda for the human sciences.
The mission of the Undergraduate
Research Community (URC) is a dynamic and pervasive culture of the human
sciences for developing the next generation of scholars.
In pursuit of this mission, URC will:
Assess undergraduate research
Identify priority issues for
Create a national undergraduate
research conference for the human sciences.
Sponsor a peer-reviewed electronic
publication for undergraduate research.
Establish an electronically
connected multi-campus community of undergraduate researchers.
cross-specialization undergraduate research and service learning research
projects in addition to traditional research in the specializations.
The opportunity to engage in
undergraduate research is the norm in human sciences units.
Candidates for graduate school are
positioned to engage in research.
The Participating Institutions have
each built their undergraduate research programs to a higher level.
The electronic journal selects the
best of undergraduate research once a year.
The URC Conference rivals other
professional meetings for quality.
This initiative has stimulated the
total research output and makes a measurable contribution to research.
This initiative is sponsored by the
Kappa Omicron Nu Leadership Academy in partnership with the Board on Human
Sciences, the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences, the
Higher Education Unit of the American Association of Family and Consumer
Sciences, and the 1890 Council of Administrators. The human ecology programs at
Michigan State University, Kansas State University, and University of
Maryland-Eastern Shore are Institutional Founders and members of the planning
Criteria for institutions to qualify as
Participating Institutions follow:
The unit has an ongoing
undergraduate research program or is interested in developing one.
The unit will develop a
comprehensive plan for faculty development in mentoring undergraduate
The unit will commit a faculty
mentor(s) to a planning conference and share planning tasks, with authorization
to make decisions on behalf of the unit.
The unit will commit (or
reallocate) resources to support students and faculty for the planning
conference, the research conference, and the ongoing Undergraduate Research
Community and assessment program.
The First URC Planning Conference
was held in Chicago, Illinois, January 15-16, 2001.
The first URC Research Conference
was held in conjunction with the Kappa Omicron Nu Leadership Conclave at the
Grosvenor Resort, Orlando, Florida, August 2-5, 2001. The deadline for
submission of undergraduate research papers is June 1 each year.
Institutions may apply for
participation in the URC at the beginning of each academic year.
Human sciences units are hereby
invited to apply for status as a Participating Institution of the Undergraduate
Research Community for the Human Sciences. Affiliation offers institutions the
opportunity to participate in the development of the national structure for
building a cadre of undergraduate researchers that will bring credibility to
the profession and among the disciplines.
To affiliate with the URC, each unit
shall submit a one- or two-page letter
of commitment that responds to the criteria for institutions to qualify as a
Participating Institution and includes the following:
Name of Coordinator, including
address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
Sign-off by the Dean and the
Brief description of present
vision and unit plan for implementation of undergraduate research
Undergraduate Research Community for the Human Sciences
Dorothy I. Mitstifer, Ph.D.
4990 Northwind Drive, Suite 140
East Lansing, MI 48823-5031
T - 517.351.8335
F - 517.351.8336
Kappa Omicron Nu
Board on Human Sciences,
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Council of Administrators of
Family and Consumer Sciences
Higher Education Unit, American
Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
1890 Council of
Julia R. Miller, Michigan State
Virginia M. Moxley, Kansas State
Shirley Hymon-Parker, University
of Maryland-Eastern Shore
Dorothy I. Mitstifer, Kappa
Richard Lerner, Tufts University
Peggy S. Meszaros, Virginia Tech
Gladys Gary Vaughn, USDA
Human Ecology, Michigan State
Human Ecology, Kansas State
Human Ecology, University of
University of Arizona, Family & Consumer Sciences
Ashland University, Family &
Ball State University, Family
& Consumer Sciences
Bradley University, Family &
Brigham Young University, Family
Fullerton, Kinesiology & Health Science
California University of Pennsylvania, Athletic Training
Connecticut, University of,
Dietetics Program, Allied Health
East Carolina University, Human
Florida State University, Human
Georgia, University of, Family
& Consumer Sciences
Iowa State, Family &
Kentucky, University of, Human
Memphis, University of, Consumer
Science & Education
Nebraska-Lincoln, University of,
Human Resources & Family Sciences
North Carolina, Greensboro,
University of, Human Environmental Sciences