Janice DeCosmo, associate dean in Undergraduate Academic Affairs, was recently elected chair of the division of Undergraduate Research Program directors for the national organization Council on Undergraduate Research. Janice has served as a councilor of that division for several years; being elected chair of that division also includes being a member of the executive board for the Council on Undergraduate Research. It is a two-year term.
The Council on Undergraduate Research is a membership organization representing more than 900 colleges and universities, and is the professional organization for faculty and administrators who work on undergraduate research initiatives. The Council helps colleges and universities support faculty involvement in undergraduate research and draws attention to undergraduate research on a national level. They support an undergraduate research poster session on Capitol Hill and meetings with legislators, serve as an informed body to provide feedback and insight on National Science Foundation work involving undergraduate researchers. As a member of the executive board, Janice will be involved in policy, planning, decision-making, structuring the annual meeting, etc.
“The thing I find compelling about CUR is there are so many institutions that are members,” says Janice. “The meetings are full of rich ideas about implementation and big ideas about new directions. It’s a very open and collegial organization.”
Here’s CUR’s website: http://www.cur.org/