Before the Institute:
- If you are coming from out of town, be sure you have made travel and lodging arrangements. These will not be provided by the Institute.
- You will need a laptop or tablet that can connect to wifi during the Institute and that can open doc files and access the web via a browser. If you do not have access to a laptop, please contact Erin Dolan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sign up for an account on the SERC server. We will be utilizing a private workspace during the institute and you will need an account to access it.
- Go to http://serc.carleton.edu/account and complete the few fields there to set up an account.
- Be sure to use the same email address that you used to apply and to register. That is the email address that the system is expecting for you.
- Once you have set up your account, you can test that it is working correctly by trying to access the workspace at https://serc.carleton.edu/curenet/institutes/misc/workspace/index.html. If you have problems getting access to the workspace, please email John McDaris and he can help you.
If you haven't settled on a specific research project, please bring two or three options that you have explored. If you need help finding or selecting a project, you could explore project options through:
- CUREnet ( This site may be offline. ) , which has mostly life science projects
- Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative , which has mostly life science projects
- Freshman Research Initiatives:
- University of Texas Austin , which has a range of STEM CUREs
- University of Maryland College Park , which has CUREs in the natural and social sciences and humanities
- Binghamton University ( This site may be offline. ) , which has CUREs in natural and social sciences and engineering
- Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program , which has mostly engineering projects with some interdisciplinary projects involving natural and social sciences
- Your favorite education journal
You could also contact people in your field to see if you can get involved in their research – this can be your graduate or postdoctoral advisor, a colleague, or a researcher at an institution near you that is doing interesting research. See Table 3 of this paper from Hatfull and colleagues, which outlines seven attributes of research projects that are thought to make them logistically feasible as CUREs.