CUR conference

UD hosts inaugural institute on arts and humanities research

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2:02 p.m., Nov. 7, 2012--More than 60 faculty members from colleges and universities across the country gathered at the University of Delaware Nov. 2-4 for an inaugural institute aimed at increasing and enhancing undergraduate research opportunities in the arts and humanities. 

Sponsored and organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), a national organization of more than 900 institutions, the three-day institute examined “Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities.”

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“Our goal is to help faculty create a customized, action-oriented plan to institutionalize undergraduate research and scholarship in the arts and humanities for their campus,” said Iain Crawford, associate professor of English and chair of CUR’s arts and humanities division. 

The institute, which ran from Friday to Sunday, helped attendees develop a mission, establish short and long-term goals, identify stakeholders and create benchmarks to evaluate their success in creating research opportunities in these areas. 

The event also included presentations from seven UD students, whose research projects ranged from analyzing barriers to second language acquisition, to studying the spoken word as a method of social change. 

“Their highly successful projects help showcase the richness and diversity of undergraduate research in the arts and humanities,” Crawford said.

About CUR

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. Founded in 1978, CUR is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing over 900 colleges and universities.

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