Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution
Next Offering:  November 19-21, 2010, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI  
Application Deadline is October 1, 2010

Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution poses unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give pre-tenured faculty the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses.

The institute is timely and especially important for faculty in the beginning of their career due to the increased national emphasis on research that is part of the national stimulus package. A range of topics will be covered during the institute, and the specific goals include ways to achieve career success in undergraduate research by learning how to:

• select undergraduate researchers
• mentor student researchers and develop and use their research skills
• time management - balancing teaching, research and service activities
• develop and select research projects appropriate for undergraduates
• adapt to an undergraduate research environment vs. that in graduate school
• link research to the classroom and
• develop grantsmanship skills related to gaining external and institutional research support

For additional information about this Institute, or to register, please visit

Council on Undergraduate Research
734 15th Street NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20005
p: 202.783.4810 x 206
f: 202.783.4811
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