Tools for Faculty

Incorporating research into the classroom

The URSCA-Guidelines by the University of Wisconsin-Superior offer the following best practices to include undergrad research into the curriculum in different disciplines.    

  • Maintaining the focus on the process of student inquiry or creativity, rather than the product
  • Introducing students to inquiry-based activities early in their studies
  • Developing student skills by avoiding segregation into specific courses
  • Scaffolding of inquiry/research skills and creative techniques throughout the curriculum
  • Engaging students in small group and collaborative work
  • Providing frequent feedback in an iterative process that allows students to work more independently over time
  • Providing opportunities for mentored independent research, scholarship, or creative activity
  • Providing opportunities for interdisciplinary research and creative projects
  • Providing opportunities for students to share the results of their work

Tools for research development

Council on Undergraduate Research

Our UVU CUR liason is: Dr. Maritza Sotomayor for the 2016-17 academic year

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is “to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.”

CUR has adopted five Strategic Pillars to accomplish that mission:

  • Integrating and Building Undergraduate Research into Curriculum and Coursework
  • Assessment of the Impact of Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research
  • Innovation and Collaboration in Undergraduate Research
  • Internationalization and Undergraduate Research

In order to promote undergraduate research, CUR publishes a variety of works and it organizes diverse conferences and events. Its publications includes: the CUR Quarterly, a “How to” series, and specialized volumes on different topics. CUR organizes the following conferences: National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, CUR Conference, CUR Dialogues, Institutes & Workshops.

For more information on funding, journals, etc. you can visit the CUR Website.