CFP, win 2020 Scholarship & Practice of Undergraduate Research: Nontraditional Approaches to Undergraduate Research

deadline for submissions: 
February 10, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Elizabeth Foxwell / Council on Undergraduate Research
contact email: 

The traditional apprenticeship model is a well-documented paradigm for engaging undergraduates in research. In recent years, course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) have become more common. Many factors influence a mentor’s ability to use these models, and sometimes alternative paths are needed to engage in undergraduate research. The winter 2020 issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) will explore these nontraditional approaches to undergraduate research.

Topics of interest include the following:

  • Creative approaches to engaging underserved populations and/or disciplines
  • Alternative mentoring models such as mentoring networks that involve graduate students and/or nonfaculty mentors
  • Innovative projects/initiatives in underserved geographic regions such as rural areas
  • Undergraduate research at two-year institutions
  • Interdisciplinary projects that connect different disciplines and scholars
  • Successful models of collaboration with local industry, government entities, or nonprofit organizations

Four to five articles are sought to explore these and similar nontraditional approaches to undergraduate research. In addition, shorter vignettes (300 words) are invited that offer concrete, creative suggestions for supporting undergraduate research beyond the apprenticeship and CURE models.

Submission Details. Submit a 300- to 500-word prospectus to by February 10, 2020, describing the focus of the proposed article or vignette. Accepted authors will be notified by February 24, 2020. Final articles and vignettes will be due by April 24, 2020.

Questions? Contact James LaPlant, SPUR editor-in-chief, or Rebecca M. Jones, SPUR issue editor (

Read SPUR sample articles and author submission guidelines at