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CURE awards competitive grants that fund travel to conferences for undergraduates who want to present their research findings.

Fellowships are also available to support students conducting summer research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) fund up to five students per academic year to conduct summer research under the supervision of a faculty mentor (TTF or career NTTF). The maximum award amount is $4000 per individual. The minimum time period of research commitment is 8 weeks.

2019 Awards

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 Awards

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”

Applications for Summer 2020 awards will open in early Fall 2019

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Michelle Lo

2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

Student 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 given 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).

2019 Awards

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 Awards

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
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

Applications for 2019-2020 awards will open in early Fall 2019

Three awards will be designated for the 2020 NCUR Conference

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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.

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

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Applications are accepted year-round

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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.

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. 

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Nominations for 2020 awards will open in early Fall 2019

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Judith Eisen

2018 Faculty Mentor Award Recipient

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