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Council on Undergraduate Research

CUR Quarterly Journal Undergraduate Research Highlights

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) publishes a quarterly journal that features undergraduate research highlights.

These "highlights" are brief descriptions of research published in peer-reviewed journals within the past six months.  All abstracts that are submitted are featured on their website, and a select few are chosen to be published in the journal.

The Office of Undergraduate Research handles the submission of abstracts for WSU students and faculty.  In addition to aforementioned requirements, to be eligible for submission, the research must have been co-authored with at least one undergraduate.
While submission is ongoing, the cut -off date for inclusion in the fall 2010 edition of CUR Quarterly is July 15. This is a firm deadline, any submissions received after this date will be held for the Winter edition.

To be considered for publication all submissions must include the following information, and MUST CONFORM TO THE FORMAT OF THE EXAMPLES BELOW.  Submit entries via email to David Clarke, University College communications assistant, at

Items to include:

  • Title of the article and full journal citation (inclusive pages)
  • A brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance
  • Title and department or program affiliation of the faculty member
  • A brief description of the student co-author(s).  Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc)
  • The source of funding for the work
  • The doi number, if available
Example, from CUR:

Parker JS, Stewart GS, Gantt C. Research and intervention with adolescents exposed to domestic violence. Fam Ther. 2006;33:45-52. (University of South Carolina Upstate)

The present study examined characteristics of adolescents exposed to domestic violence and tested a group intervention protocol utilizing expressive writing (EW) as a coping method for this population. The experimental group used "Positive Points", a list of personal strengths, in the writing intervention based on the hypothesis that their use would increase cognitive insight and positive word usage. A significant group effect was found and all participants demonstrated positive overall emotional change as a result of EW. Jennifer Parker is an assistant professor of psychology. Gina Stewart and Courtney Gantt, both senior psychology majors, participated in the research for independent study credit. The research was supported by a USC Scholarly Research and Development Award and a mini grant from the USC Upstate Center for Undergraduate Research, which was awarded to Gina. Gina is currently in a doctoral program in psychology at the University of Mississippi. Courtney is employed and in the process of applying to graduate programs.

Example, from WSU (publisherd in CUR, Spring 2010):

Velasco E, Pressley S, Grivicke R, Allwine E, Coons T, Foster W, Jobson T, Westberg H, Ramos R, Hernandez F, Molii LT, Lamb B.  Eddy covariance flux measurements of pollutant gases in urban Mexico City. Atmospheric Chemistry Physics 9:7325-7342 (2009)

The Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR) participated in an international field campaign called MILAGRO - Megacity Initiative: Local and Global Research Observations. The MILAGRO campaign was aimed at understanding urban air pollution, including aerosol formation and transport and chemistry of the pollutants downwind of the city. Brian Lamb is a WSU Regents Professor and faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Teresa Coons performed this work during the academic year and summer 2006. She worked in this department over several years during the academic years, and also during the summer of 2007. Both summers were part of LAR's summer research program. Teresa is currently working towards an MS at Colorado State University. Funding for the work comes from the National Science Foundation.

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