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CUR Dialogues 2013

Held February 21-23, 2013 at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Washington D.C., CUR Dialogues 2013 was designed to bring faculty and administrators to Washington, D.C. to interact with federal agency program officers and other grant funders.


  • Meet in small groups and talk with program officers and grants management officers - NSF, NIH, NEH, DOE, NASA, USDA, and more.
  • Take the opportunity to communicate directly with program officers and grants administrators concerning grant requirements and funders' priorities.
  • Share ideas with colleagues.

Who Should Attend

Faculty at all career stages; undergraduate research directors; grants administrators; development officers. Please visit the Council on Undergraduate Research for more information and registration.

Workshops and Plenary Sessions

  • Speak with participants about grant opportunities in research and education, both new and ongoing.
  • Faculty learns how to find new funding opportunities
  • Faculty develops grant proposal writing skills

In addition, CUR Dialogues provides a setting for funders to learn of the interests, needs, and concerns of researchers and educators relative to funding opportunities. CUR Dialogues spawn many ideas for grant programs and have helped agencies to refine their program guidelines.

Future CUR Institutes

  • Mentorship, collaboration, and Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities - TBA (usually held in July)
  • Proposal Writing - TBA (usually held in July)
  • The Vital Faculty:  Issues After Tenure - TBA

Mitchell Class

Mentoring Guidelines

Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering by: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.

Robert and Norma Thompson Scholar Application

Through the generosity of Bob and Norma Thompson, the Robert and Norma Thompson Endowment provides financial support via the Thompson Scholar program for faculty development that increases student engagement and learning.  the program will provide reassigned time for two classes per year for a faculty member "to work on projects that strengthen the academic, intellectual, and co-curricular life of the university".

Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members with at least three years of experience at Winthrop are eligible to apply.  The call for applications is now CLOSED.

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