When applying for a CURM mini-grant, each faculty participant will provide the demographics of the projected students who will participate in this research group and a short research proposal that includes at least two potential research problems for the students to investigate. After the application process is completed, each selected faculty participant will form the undergraduate research group at his/her own institution consisting of the 2-5 designated undergraduate students from his/her own institution.
Prior to starting their research each professor and student will complete an online “Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research” (RCR) course to provide appropriate training and oversight for quality and consistency in research standards. In addition, participating students will complete an online Student Pre-Research Survey.
During the fall semester, the undergraduate research group will officially begin working and continue throughout the academic year with the students committing ten hours per week to the research project for two semesters. Each undergraduate research group (i.e., professor and all the undergraduate students) will meet together at least one hour per week to report on their research and discuss difficulties and potential ideas on how to make progress. In addition, the undergraduate students will meet and work together at least two additional hours per week. Students working with other students in a group tend to motivate each other and they also learn to become more independent of the faculty mentor. The rest of the time each individual student will work on his/her research problem. This research experience will be a strong motivating factor for participants to choose to attend and succeed in graduate school.
In the Spring (March), the professors and their students will attend an annual Student Research Conference held at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Students will present their research at the conference, followed by submission of their written report (by May 31st) and completion of an online Student Post-Research Survey.
Participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.
Originally, CURM required that undergraduates not be in their senior year, so that the student participant would have a full year to work on undergraduate research and then have time to apply to graduate school. However, this can make it difficult for professors to find suitable undergraduate students. Therefore, if a professor can make a valid case explaining how aCURM mini-grant will help your senior undergraduate student decide to attend graduate school and it will help him/her prepare for it, then including seniors in your proposal is acceptable.