Welcome Back!

The Fall semester is here! In this installment of the CURchem blog, we have a message from CUR Chemistry’s fearless leader and chair, Dr. Kim Frederick full of important info on CUR happenings and offerings for YOU this school year.


science-cat-says-welcome-backWelcome Back to the 2017-18 School Year!  As you nervously finish preparing your classes for the fall or step in to the classroom to see the faces of your eager students, we wanted to take a few moments to tell you what the Chemistry division of the Council on Undergraduate Research is planning for the year.  Our emphasis for the 2017-18 is member engagement or specifically, what can we do to serve your needs and support your work with students.  We also want to tap into your expertise and talents.

So you may be asking “how do I get more involved?”

The following is a list of initiatives that we would love to work on with you.

Get-a-mentor or become-a-mentor

CUR Chem maintains a network of mentors who are able to work with faculty at all stages on things such as career transitions (getting a tenure track position, applying for tenure, becoming a department chair), writing successful grant proposals, working through challenging research situations, etc.  We are also looking to expand out mentor network with people who are willing to serve as mentors.  If you are interested in either, please contact me (kfreder1@skidmore.edu) and I can put you in touch with the right person.

Write something for the CUR chem blog

We are always interested in words of wisdom about opportunities and experiences in undergraduate research.  What have you done that was particularly successful?  Tell us about it.  If you want to write something, please contact Joe Reczek (reczekj@denison.edu) or Keri Colabroy (kericolabroy@muhlenberg.edu)

Become a CUR chem institutional liaison

Become a CUR chem institutional liaison by telling your colleagues about what CUR Chem is up to and encouraging them to join. The more voices we represent, the more funding and policy agencies want to listen to our views.  More members = better advocacy for support for undergraduate research.

Come meet up with us at national meetings

CUR chem is organizing sessions and meet ups at many of the national meetings this year.  Look for blog posts about details as we get closer to the meeting dates.

Propose a session or present a poster at the CUR Biennial Meeting

Propose a session or present a poster at the CUR Biennial Meeting. The national CUR meeting will be held in the Washington DC area July 1-3, 2018.  The call for proposals will go live within the next month.

Do you have suggestions for other initiatives that CUR Chem should undertake?  Tell us about them by replying to this post or by emailing me (kfreder1@skidmore.edu).  CUR Chem wants to support you as you engage your students in the scientific enterprise.

Now let’s get back in the lab!

Kim Frederick

Chair, Chemistry Division, Council on Undergraduate Research


Unknown-2 ~ Dr. Kim Frederick is a Professor of Chemistry at Skidmore College where she performs research with undergraduates to develop new technologies for performing chemical analyses on the nanoscale.

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