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COPLAC Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Opportunity Updates

Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity has become a distinguishing feature of COPLAC member campuses. This email is just a quick reminder of some opportunities available through COPLAC to students, faculty, and staff.

Metamorphosis: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Each member campus, using its own internal review and approval process, is encouraged to forward outstanding student work to us for publication in Metamorphosis. We publish a fall and spring edition with an end-of-semester deadline for submission. Guidelines for submission can be found on the COPLAC website.  All work to be published must come from your office (not directly from the student). This requirement assures that the work has been reviewed and approved through a local process.  Current editions of Metamorphosis are available on the COPLAC website; archived editions are being migrated to the new journal platform.

Regional URSCA Conferences

COPLAC sponsors an Annual Northeast Regional URSCA conference in October and a Southeast Regional in April.  A total of 16 member institutions participate, with campuses taking turns as host. If the host campus has the requisite teleconferencing facilities, we can create “distance” sessions for students from other member campuses. We are proposing a Midwest Regional URSCA for 2020 and would also be happy to create additional regional URSCAs (say, in the West), but drive time between campuses becomes greater as we move west of the Mississippi.

Multi-campus Digital Liberal Arts Research Seminars

Funded through the Mellon Foundation, COPLACDigital sponsors a team-taught, multi-campus, digital liberal arts research seminar open to high achieving students at all member campuses. This grant funded opportunity finishes in June 2019.  The final two seminars -- "A Burning Idea: Challenging & Censoring Books" and "Conflict in America: Case Studies in Peacemaking" -- will be offered during Spring 2019 and full descriptions are attached below. The research seminars cap at 12 students and applicants must be nominated by their home campus. We will write again when the nomination period opens (later this month).

Multi-campus Native American and Indigenous Studies Courses

Funded through the Teagle Foundation, COPLAC works with four member campuses during the academic year to offer hybrid distance learning courses in the area of Native American Studies.   In Spring 2019, students from SUNY Geneseo, University of Minnesota Morris, University of Alberta Augustana, and University of North Carolina Asheville can participate in a unique course: "Métis Culture and Identity in Canada".  In Summer 2019, however, students from ALL COPLAC member institutions are invited to attend the Summer Field School in Morris, Minnesota.  Financial help will be available for students traveling to Minnesota for this three-week program focused on the history of Indian residential schools.

In addition, COPLAC members working with undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity may be interested in these two opportunities:  

Augustana Conference on Undergraduate Research and Innovative Teaching (ACURIT)

COPLAC faculty and staff are invited to submit presentation proposals for the Conference on Undergraduate Research and Innovative Teaching hosted on the Augustana campus of the University of Alberta (see attachment) in May 2019.  The deadline for conference proposal submissions is 31 December 2018.  

World Congress on Undergraduate Research

Students are invited to submit abstracts to present at the World Congress on Undergraduates Research held in Germany in May 2019.  The deadline for students to submit their work is 16 October 2018.

And finally, Undergraduate Research Directors were one of the groups invited to the COPLAC Annual Meeting last June to discuss High Impact Educational Experiences.  One objective of discussions and presentations like these is to identify program successes and share ideas. Over the past year, some COPLAC professional groups have met via videoconference call or through a listserv to talk peer-to-peer about common challenges and to build strategies for collaborations.  If you’d like us to set up such a listserv or videoconference call for COPLAC undergraduate research directors, please let us know.

Please let us know if you would like further information on any of these opportunities for your student researchers and student artists. 

Cole Woodcox,
Executive Director  /  Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges
CPO 3850
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
(828) 350-4590

Dr. Doreen Sams
Faculty Coordinator for Mentored Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors
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