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The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR)
The Center for Undergraduate Research, or CUR, believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research. We assist administrators and faculty members in improving and assessing the research environment at their institutions. CUR also provides information on the importance of undergraduate research to state legislatures, private foundations, government agencies, and the U.S. Congress. Our primary advocacy is in support of faculty and undergraduate students engaged in research.
Through CUR, faculty and students have the potential opportunity to publish their research, as well as present at regional and national conferences. For example, NCUR is the National Conference for Undergraduate Research sponsored through CUR. At NCUR, presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum are able to present their research projects. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.
This Subject Guide was created by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (CTLL) at the University of North Georgia. We designed it to offer faculty information to further develop their work with students in research and creative activities.
What is Undergraduate Research?
An inquiry or exploration conducted and disseminated by an undergraduate student that makes an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or to applied practice.
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) at the University of North Georgia is committed to supporting faculty and students in their intellectual and creative pursuits. This is accomplished by providing mentoring for faculty and students on engaging in research and creative activities, offering funding options for research and creative projects, provides opportunities for recognition for faculty and students engaging in research, and also can be a pathway for students and faculty to publish their research accomplishments.
Why is Undergraduate Research Important for Your Student?
Undergraduate research not only provides students with invaluable opportunities. Students gain:
· Research experience
· Improved problem solving and critical thinking skills
· Higher self-confidence
· Increased independence in thought and action
CURCA & FUSE Programs
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, or CURCA, was designed to encourage students to expand their horizons by pursuing research experiences during their undergraduate career. CURCA is a great resource to help faculty and students wishing to pursue or publish research. They also seek to recognize outstanding student research, and to provide information on possible funding for research or presentations. While individual funding can vary depending on the department or subject area for the research proposal, CURCA Mini-Grants are an available option in which faculty members can apply to fund their research, and to request help from qualified undergraduate students wishing to get involved in undergraduate research. Additionally, CURCA offers different potential publishing options for faculty and students to publish their research, such as Papers and Pubs.
Another avenue for potential research opportunities is the FUSE Program. The FUSE Program provides faculty with an opportunity to apply for a summer research proposal, in which the faculty member will work with chosen undergraduate students throughout the eight week summer session. Both the faculty member and the student will each get paid a stipend to work on the project for 40 hours a week. It is a great opportunity for both faculty and students to collaborate and work together on a specific research project.
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (CTLL) supports the University of North Georgia’s commitment to “academic excellence in a student-focused environment.”
The Annual Research Conference at UNG
The ARC is an annual research conference held on all four UNG campuses that provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their research projects to faculty and their peers. Each research proposal is submitted by students and faculty from the respective departments determines its acceptance. During the conference, a panel of judges will evaluate and discuss the quality of the research and presentation. Then they will ask questions at the end of each presentation to gauge the students’ knowledge of their research subject. Students are able to present on a wide range of topics including math, physics, chemistry, computer science, visual arts, language, literature, political science, history, criminal justice, nursing, gender studies, psychology, sociology, biology, business, health and physical education.
"The Annual Research Conference demonstrates our commitment to furthering student driven research and creative activities here at UNG," said Dr. Daniel Hatch, assistant professor of psychology and a conference coordinator. "The conference is an exciting opportunity for our students to showcase their hard work, and a chance for them to highlight their skills at collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information and data in a manner that can be easily understood by their peers."