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The task of defining research and scholarship is a difficult one and has itself been the subject of much study and debate. As college climates change we expect that our definition will evolve as well. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) is focused on supporting educational experiences in which an undergraduate, in collaboration with one or more faculty mentors, strives to answer an open-ended question within his/her discipline or strives to make a creative contribution to his/her discipline. In some disciplines this process utilizes the scientific method, in other disciplines the process is equally as rigorous though more creative.
Previous studies have found that students are more likely to improve their grades, to graduate and to pursue advanced degrees if involved in undergraduate research and scholarship (URS). Low income students and first generation students were more likely to be retained if involved in URS. Students also report that they have better clarity about their career path, feel better prepared in the job market from skills gained, and have higher self-confidence if they are involved in URS. It is likely a combination of the hands-on skills, close guidance of professional pursuits and personal relationship with faculty mentors that makes URS so invaluable to students in higher education.
For most faculty in higher education, at teaching institutions like Augusta University, working closely with students is a primary reason we choose this profession. Collaborating with students allows for in depth research, conversation, and mentoring of students in your field of expertise. Many faculty find this time well worth the effort and feel motivated to stay engaged in the current scholarship of their discipline. Faculty also report gains of collaborations with other faculty within or outside of their home department, more success securing grants to support their work, and interesting findings and questions to bring back into the classroom.
Collaborations between faculty and students at Augusta University are forged by the individual faculty and students themselves. Therefore, the requirements to engage in scholarly work with a professor is up to the individual professor and may range from no experience at all to significant experience with studio or laboratory equipment, statistics, writing, or analysis of discipline specific material or data.
We ask that students who are interested in presenting research or scholarly work at a Student Brown Bag apply using the application process outlined here. You will need the signature and support of your faculty advisor so be sure to include them in the application process.
No. At this time the Brown Bag seminar is designed to highlight student work under the mentorship of a faculty member(s).
CURS offers support to faculty and students who engage in scholarship together however, independent student study or independent faculty study is not supported through CURS. We offer funding to as many quality projects as possible that meet the criteria of being either 1) supplies and materials for faculty-student research or scholarship 2) faculty travel with students to complete or present collaborative research or scholarship 3) faculty development related to undergraduate research or scholarship. You can find examples of funded projects here.
Instructions and the form for application for yearly funding can be found on the application page.
CURS is located in the Quad Wall Building which is located near Fanning Hall (View Map) Feel free to drop by or contact us at 706-729-2094 . You can also contact the CURS Program Coordinator, Melissa Knapp firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding is crucial to quality experiences for faculty-student collaborations. Please call 706.729.2094 to find out more about how you can contribute to Augusta University student success.
Members of the Advisory Committee are Augusta University faculty who have been selected based on demonstrated interest and involvement in undergraduate scholarship and research as well as a willingness to further the cause of the CURS. Are you interested in helping? Contact Us!