Undergraduate Research for the Twenty-First Century (theme issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research)

deadline for submissions: 
May 6, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
James LaPlant / Valdosta State University
contact email: 

The benefits of undergraduate research are well established in the literature, and many colleges and universities are now fully embracing undergraduate research as a means to enhance student learning, prepare students for graduate school, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and promote community engagement. The spring 2020 issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) will examine undergraduate research for the twenty-first century. How is undergraduate research preparing students for the workforce? What role does technology play in undergraduate research? How can undergraduate research address the complex sociopolitical problems of the twenty-first century?

Four to five articles of 2,000 to 3,500 words each are sought that examine some aspect of the future of undergraduate research. In addition, vignettes of 300 words are invited that offer succinct, creative approaches to the theme.

Topics of interest include the following:

  • With significant environmental, social, and political problems in the twenty-first century, how are undergraduate research initiatives tackling these issues?
  • What is the future of undergraduate research in relation to the growing diversity of students and faculty?
  • What role does technology play in undergraduate research?
  • How can undergraduate research experiences prepare students for the workforce?
  • What is the future of funding and support for undergraduate research?
  • What are the future directions and innovations for the assessment of undergraduate research?

Submission Details. Submit a 300- to 500-word prospectus to https://spur.msubmit.net by May 6, 2019, describing the focus of the proposed article or vignette. Please indicate in the prospectus whether the proposed piece is an article or a vignette. Invited authors will be notified by May 17, 2019. Final articles and vignettes will be due by July 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact James LaPlant, SPUR Editor-in-Chief, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Valdosta State University (jlaplant@valdosta.edu, https://www.valdosta.edu/about/directory/profile/jlaplant)

Visit the SPUR website: https://bit.ly/SPURissues