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About The Awards

CURE offers a variety of competitive grants to support undergraduate research endeavors. The conference travel award assists students to present their research findings at a conference or professional meeting. Fellowships are also available to support students to conduct summer research under the mentorship of a University of Oregon faculty mentor. CURE has also created a fund to assist eligible students in emergency situations, and designed to help students participate in research related opportunities. Scroll through the current awards list below, to find your CURE.

First Year Research Engagement (F Y R E) Fellowship

NEW! CURE is pleased to launch FYRE, created to provide first-year undergraduate students with the valuable opportunity to explore research. This fellowship, made possible by the University of Oregon Foundation Board of Trustees, will fund five students each academic year. FYRE offers a $4000 stipend to the individual student, and $1000 to their faculty mentor. FYRE recipients are expected to engage in full-time summer research for 8-10 weeks, under the mentorship of a UO faculty mentor (TTF or career NTTF). The application is now live (!) with a submission deadline of April 3, 2020. Click here, to access the application.

The applicant is asked to have a faculty mentor identified, with potential research project plans, at the time of application. CURE invites those students who are looking to connect with a prospective faculty mentor, to meet with our team (visit open hours or by appointment) so that we can work with you to provide guidance, resources, and support.

 

Number of Awards

5

Funding Amount $4000  (faculty mentor receives $1000)
Eligibility Criteria and Terms of Award
  • Currently enrolled, full-time (at the time of application) first-year undergraduate  students at UO
  • Award funds must be used during Summer 2020
  • Recipient is expected to engage in full-time (30-40 hours per week) research , for a minimum of eight weeks, and extending to 10 weeks
  • The recipient will be required to submit a one page statement, within one month after the conclusion of their fellowship participation, summarizing the results of the research, and describing how the fellowship helped to support the student’s academic goals
Application Deadline April 3, 2020. A faculty recommendation letter will be  required with the application

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

(S U R F)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) funds up to five students per academic year to conduct summer research under the supervision of a University of Oregon faculty mentor (TTF or career NTTF). The maximum award amount is $4000 per individual. The minimum time period of full-time research commitment is 8 weeks. The application deadline will be Wednesday, March 18 2020. Click here, to access the application form.

 

Number of Awards

5
Funding Amount $4000 
Eligibility Criteria and Terms of Award
  • Currently enrolled full-time (at the time of application) undergraduate students at UO with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Has identified a UO faculty mentor who is willing to provide supervision
  • The award funds must be used during Summer 2020
  • Preference will be given to those undergraduate students who are not in their final year of study, and will plan to return to the university in the fall.
  • The applicant may not receive funds to conduct the same research,through other internal UO research support programs during the same fellowship time period
Application Deadline Spring 2020 – the application will be released in late fall 2019. A faculty recommendation letter will be  required with the application

2019 SURF Recipients

Takoko Iwashita ’20 | Psychology | Advisor: Professor Dasa Zeithamova
Reducing the negative impact of emotion on memory”

Matt Kafker ’20 | Physics, Math | Advisor: Professor Tristan Ursell
Computational modeling of bacterial dynamics in spatially structured environements”

Emmalyn Leonard ’21 | Biology | Advisor: Professor Cris Niell
“Determining the role of pulvinar in visual attention control”

Calvin Penkauskas ’20 | Biology| Advisor: Professor Lauren Hallett
“Resolving conflict between oak conservation and organic hazelnut production”

Amy Shannon ’21| Anthropology|Advisor: Professor Madonna Moss
“Alutiiq use of birds at Rice Ridge (49–KOD–363), Kodiak Island”

2018 SURF Recipients

Konrad Bailey ’20 | Psychology | Advisor: Professor Santiago Jaramillo
Neural and behavioral assays for studying predictive coding in the mouse brain”

Fountane Chan ‘19 | General Science | Advisor: Professor Diana Libuda
“Deciphering the role of Argonaute protein, PRG-1, in spermatocyte specific, heat-stress induced DNA damage”

Connor Lane ‘19 | Biology | Advisor: Professor Matt Streisfeld
“Parallel evolution of floral diversity in the bush monkeyflower”

Michelle Lo ‘19 | Mathematics | Advisor: Professor Jennifer Ruef
“Power dynamics in group settings of mathematics classrooms”

Madelyn Scott ‘19 | Chemistry |Advisor: Professor Cathy Wong
“Optimization of deposition techniques for film production and analysis”

Michelle Lo

2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

Conference Travel Awards

CURE has funding resources to assist eligible students with up to $500 to attend a single conference or professional meeting to present scholarly and creative projects. Ten travel awards are available each year- five awards in Fall term (travel July 1st to December 31st) and five awards in Spring term (travel January 1st to June 30th). During Spring term, three of the five awards are specifically designated for those who have been accepted to present their research project at the NCUR Conference.

The 2019 Fall Conference Travel Award application is now closed (travel between July 1 to December 31, 2019). The 2020 Spring Conference Travel Award (January 1 to June 30, 2020 conference travel) form and 2020 NCUR Conference Travel Award will open early winter term.

Number of Awards

10 (5 awards for fall, and 5 awards for spring-  3 spring awards will be designated for NCUR)

Time Period Coverage

  • Fall award application cover July 1 to December 31, 2019 conference travel
  • Spring award application cover January 1 to June 30, 2020 conference travel
    The award cannot be applied to post-graduate conference travel
Funding Amount up to $500 maximum
Eligibility Criteria and Terms of Award
  • Currently enrolled full-time undergraduate student at UO, and must be enrolled during the term in which the funds are requested
  • Funds will be provided only one time during the student’s academic career at UO
  • The student is required to hold current enrollment during the conference attendance time period
  • The award cannot be applied to post-graduate conference travel and for graduating seniors, must be used while they are enrolled at UO
  • Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who plan to present their work
  • Funds must be used for travel within the 2019 academic year (for fall deadline), and for travel within the 2020 academic year (for spring deadline)
  The application will be released early winter term for the spring 2020 application deadline

 

2019 Spring Conference Travel
Award Recipients

Mohammed Al Asttal ‘20 | Oxford Consortium for Human Rights
Takako Iwashita ‘20 |Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting
Emily Niebergall ‘20 | American Association of Immunologists National Meeting
Cal Penkauskas ’20 | North American Agroforest Conference
Shuxi Wu ’20 | National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

2018 Conference Spring and Fall
Travel Award Recipients

Arunima Bhattacharjee ‘18 | National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Mariah Bloom ‘19 | American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Phoenix Booth ‘18 | Society of North American Goldsmiths
India Brock ‘19 | American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Courtney Daum ‘18 | International Conference of Infant Studies
Allison Dona ‘19 | American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Cassandra Dukes ‘18 | UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

2018 Conference Spring and Fall
Travel Award Recipients

Caroline Fenty ‘19 | Sigma Tau Delta International
Peace Kontamnives ‘18 | American Physical Society Meeting
Mitra LeBuhn ‘18 | Human Development Conference
Eamonn Needham ’19 | American Geophysical Union
Nathaniel Sichter ’18 | UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
Spencer Smith ‘19 | Northwest Biomechanics Symposium
Jenna-Marie Smallwood ’19 | Oxford Consortium for Human Rights

Mariah Bloom

2018 Award Recipient

Student Emergency Funding

CURE has funding resources to assist eligible students in emergencies, which are designed to help students participate in research and experiential learning opportunities. The funds are not intended to support ongoing or repeated expenses. The maximum funding amount is $500 per individual. Four awards are available during each academic year. Click here to access the Undergraduate Emergency Funds Request form.

 

Number of Awards

4 per academic year

Funding Amount

up to $500 maximum
Eligibility Criteria and Terms of Award
  • Currently enrolled full-time (in good academic standing) undergraduate student at UO, and must be enrolled during the term in which the emergency funds are requested
  • Funds will be provided only one time during the student’s academic career at UO
  • Funding request is for an emergency caused by extenuating circumstances. The emergency must not have been caused by the student’s own negligence, or lack of planning
Examples of Appropriate Funding Requests
  • Unexpected cost increase or un-budgeted expenses associate with research-related experiential opportunity
  • Unanticipated travel cost directly related to research project
  • Supplemental support for students who are not eligible for federal funding resources
Application Deadline
Rolling

 

2019 Awards

Jake Dillinger ’21 | History
Lida Ford ’20
 |Comparative Literature
Mikey Trueherz ‘19 | Product Design
Elisa Trujillo ’20 | Biology

2018 Awards

Alexander Mentzel ’19 | German Literature and Culture & Theatre Arts
Madeline Rogers ‘18 | Psychology
Joseph Carlson ’19 | Physics

2017 Awards

Sara Fatimah ’19 | Geography and International Studies
Momo Wilms-Crowe ’20 | International Studies and Political Science

Momo Wilms-Crowe

2017 Award Recipient

Faculty Research Mentor Award

The Faculty Research Mentor Award is a $2500 one time award that recognizes a faculty member for their exceptional mentoring of undergraduate research and experiential learning. Winners will be recognized at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held in Spring term. The nomination form will open in late fall 2019, and due in early spring 2020.

2019 Awards

Caitlin Fausey, Assistant Professor in Psychology and Director of the Learning Lab, was awarded the CURE Faculty Research Mentor Award for her commitment to undergraduate research mentoring, with multiple nominations from current and former students that describe a truly amazing ability and commitment to mentoring students. The students describe Dr. Fausey as inspiring them to be scientists and leaders, encouraging and supporting them to develop independent research projects, and being deeply committed to their professional development.

Chris Minson, Singer Professor of Human Physiology and Director of the Human Cardiovascular Control Lab, was awarded the CURE Faculty Research Mentor Award for his long-term commitment to undergraduate mentoring, which has spanned several decades. Nominated by both his department head, Dr. John Halliwill, undergraduate and graduate research assistants, notably his students describe Dr. Minson as inspiring them to become scientists, his creation of a supportive lab environment, and his dedication to helping students navigate the complex process of becoming involved in a research project.

Mark Carey, Professor of History and Environmental Studies at the Clark Honors College, as well as Director of The Glacier Lab and the Environmental Studies Program, was awarded the CURE Faculty Research Mentor Award for a long-term commitment to his students, having been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 2015. He was nominated by undergraduate Mackenzie Myers as well as several graduate students. The committee was extremely impressed by his commitment to and excellence in undergraduate research mentoring, in particular how successful Dr. Carey has been at connecting undergraduate and graduate student researchers, how his passion for his work is contagious, and how his outstanding mentoring has helped his students successfully compete for prestigious national scholarships.  This award was co-sponsored by the Clark Honors College. 

 

2018 Awards

Judith Eisen, Professor in Biology, was awarded the CURE Faculty Research Mentor Award for her long history of exceptional mentoring of undergraduate students, innovative pedagogy, training of graduate students and postdocs to be effective mentors, and leadership in developing and running critical and successful programs such as the Science Literacy Program and SPUR/OURS.

The Chemical Synthesis Group a team composed of professors Michael Haley, David Johnson, Vickie DeRose, Michael Pluth, Ramesh Jasti, Darren Johnson, Ken Doxsee, and David Tyler was awarded the CURE Faculty Research Mentor Award for exceptional work with undergraduates over several decades. This group has mentored 499 researchers and this mentoring has led to 221 publications with undergraduates as co-authors. The team has had an incredible impact and has developed an impressive set of best practices for how to mentor students on research opportunities.

Samantha Hopkins, Associate Professor in Earth Sciences and Associate Dean of the Clark Honors College, was awarded the CURE Faculty Research Mentor Award for her exceptional undergraduate mentoring since she joined UO in 2007. Her moving nomination letter, written by 4 current undergraduates and an alumna, describes her has an exemplary mentor who has provided amazing opportunities to students to do meaningful research and who has helped students go on to distinguished PhD programs around the country. This award was co-sponsored by the Clark Honors College. 

Read more about the inaugural year of the Faculty Mentor Awards.

Check back in Fall 2019 for the form to nominate your faculty mentor.

Judith Eisen

2018 Faculty Mentor Award Recipient

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