Undergraduate Research Information

Monday, September 22, 2008 (Around 6 years ago)

Undergraduate Research opportunities and information.

  1. —- Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Our new membership in the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science (formerly known as the Pew Consortium) allows us funding to send up to 8 students and 2 faculty to each of the following two symposia (free!):

Undergraduate Research Symposia in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics Event date: Fri Oct 31st 2008 - Sun Nov 2nd 2008 Hosted at Washington University

Undergraduate Research Symposia in the Biological Sciences and Psychology Event date: Fri Oct 31st 2008 - Sun Nov 2nd 2008 Hosted at the University of Chicago

The conferences are not always on the same dates, but this year they are simultaneous and the registration deadlines are October 1st. Please consider attending and inviting student researchers to participate. If you and/or your students are interested in attending, please contact Brandy Russell (brussell@gac.edu)by Friday, September 26.

  1. Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights; Winter 2008 issue of the Quarterly :

Submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” feature of the Winter 2008 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until Friday, October 10, 2008. Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors. Submissions must be sent to the Editor of the Quarterly by email (Kelly McConnaughay - kdm@bradley.edu).

Submissions not selected for inclusion in the Quarterly will be posted to the Highlights portion of CUR’s web site.


Parker JS, Stewart GS, Gantt C. Research and interven tion with adolescents exposed to domestic violence. Fam Ther. 2006;33:45-52. (University of South Carolina Upstate)

The present study examined characteristics of adolescents exposed to domestic violence and tested a group intervention protocol utilizing expressive writing (EW) as a coping method for this population. The experimental group used “Positive Points”, a list of personal strengths, in the writing intervention based on the hypothesis that their use would increase cognitive insight and positive word usage. A significant group effect was found and all participants demonstrated positive overall emotional change as a result of EW. Jennifer Parker is an assistant professor of psychology. Gina Stewart and Courtney Gantt, both senior psychology majors, participated in the research for independent study credit. The research was supported by a USC Scholarly Research and Development Award and a mini grant from the USC Upstate Center for Undergraduate Research, which was awarded to Gina. Gina is currently in a doctoral program in psychology at the University of Mississippi. Courtney is employed and in the process of applying to graduate programs.

ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DESCRIPTION (in the format shown above): -Title of the article and full journal citation (inclusive pages). -A brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance. -Title and department or program affiliation of the faculty member. -A brief description of the student co-author(s). Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc). -The source of funding for the work.

  1. —- Call for Submissions for Summer 2009 issue, “Undergraduate Research That Informs Public Policy”

The theme of the Summer 2009 CUR Quarterly will focus on ‘Undergraduate Research That Informs Public Policy.’ We seek 4 or 5 authors who can write articles that describe undergraduate research efforts or programs that have at their core the goal to explore or inform public policy.

We encourage articles that describe public policy-focused undergraduate research programs in a variety of academic settings and disciplinary perspectives. Of particular interest are articles that provide insights regarding

*how undergraduate research projects influenced or informed public policy at the local, state, national or international levels; * student learning outcomes resulting from involvement in public policy-focused undergraduate research programs; * how collaborations were developed with community/governmental actors that resulted in undergraduate research influencing public policy; * examples of how to build and sustain public policy-focused undergraduate research programs, particularly through centers or institutes on campus.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please submit one or two paragraphs describing the focus of your proposed article by November 1, 2008. Decisions on invitations for full papers will be made by December 1, 2008. Full papers will be about 2500 to 3000 words in length. The deadline for receipt full papers is February 1, 2009. Full paper submissions will be subject to review.

Deadlines: November 1, 2008 One or two paragraph description of article sent to Kell y McConnaughay (kdm@bradley.edu) and James LaPlant mailto:jlaplant@valdosta.edu)

February 1, 2009 Final text for review and editing submitted to Kelly McConnaughay (kdm@bradley.edu) and James LaPlant mailto:jlaplant@valdosta.edu)

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