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Spreading the word on undergraduate research

Vice President George Shields (left) was among the presenters at the CUR conference. Also attending were professors Brian Goess (chemistry), Erik Ching (history) and Andrea Tartaro (computer science).

Three members of the Furman University faculty were invited to give presentations at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Biennial Conference 2018, “Creating Collaborative Connections in & Through Undergraduate Research,” July 1-3 in Arlington, Va.

The presentations were given by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost George Shields, Politics and International Affairs Professor Danielle Vinson, and Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Geoffrey Habron.

Shields participated in a session titled “What Next? Evaluating Options for Faculty Advancement,” while Vinson’s session was about “Integrating Research Into a Class, a Curriculum and a Campus Culture.” Habron’s program was on “Building Transdisciplinary Skills Among Undergraduate Students Through Summer Research Experiences.”

“Furman has long been a national leader in undergraduate research and other high-impact engaged learning activities,” Shields said. “So we were honored to participate in the CUR conference and talk about some of the creative things we are doing at the university.”

The Council on Undergraduate Research supports faculty and student development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research, scholarship and creative activities. The purpose of the conference was to “highlight the value of undergraduate research” and allow attendees to “learn from each other in the effort to expand opportunities for undergraduates in collaborative scholarly work and creative activities.”

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.

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