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The Centre for Undergraduate Research Learning aims at transforming undergraduate learning through opportunities that prepare and support students to participate in, and reflect on, research and scholarly activities.

To accomplish this, the Centre coordinates, assesses, and celebrates student-faculty research collaborations and other immersive research-learning opportunities. We also engage faculty and staff to: develop and promote curricula and models for mentoring, and facilitate reflection on the nature of research learning.Save

  • Associates

  • Effective July 2016-June 2018

    Steering Committee (2016-17)
    Christine Tsang, Psychology, Faculty Director
    Lucas Savino, Centre for Global Studies, elected Faculty Associate

    Scott Schofield, English and Cultural Studies, elected Faculty Associate

    Catharine Dishke Hondzel, Coordinator, Research and Learning Support

    Melanie Mills, Director, Library and Learning Services

    Britney Podolinsky, Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Arts and Social Science

    CURL Faculty Associates

    Neil Brooks, English and Cultural Studies
    Irene Cheung, Psychology

    Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir, Economics

    Mark Franke, Centre for Global Studies

    Teresa Hubel, English and Cultural Studies

    Bill Irwin, Management and Organizational Studies

    Andrea King, French Studies
    Stephanie Oliver, English and Cultural Studies

    Tom Peace, History

    Nina Reid-Maroney, History

    Wendy Russell, Centre for Global Studies
    Lindsay Scorgie-Porter, Political Science
    John Vanderheide, English and Cultural Studies

    CURL Staff Associates

    Colleen Burgess, Associate Librarian

    CURL Student Associates
    Emily Abbott, History
    Mackenzie Baker, Economics

    Taylor Boyd, Psychology
    Emma Comber, History/French
    Robin Doyle, Psychology
    Danielle Gerritse, English and Cultural Studies
    Kristiana Karathanassis, French Studies
    Hannah Maitland, History
    Dylan Matthews, Centre for Global Studies
    Leah Nap, History and Global Studies
    Samuel Slager, Psychology
    ​Laurie Trelford, Psychology

    CURL Community Associates
    Olivette Otele, History, Bath Spa University
    Shawna Lewkowitz
  • Join CURL

  • Faculty, staff, and students wishing to apply to join CURL as an Associate are asked to submit a short statement of interest (250-500 words) that describes their interest in CURL, their previous work related to undergraduate research learning (if applicable), and their intent for future activities.


  • Fellowships

  • The Centre for Undergraduate Research Learning (CURL) at Huron is proud to announce its Student Fellowship winners for 2016.

     Fellowship Grants provide students with an opportunity to take leadership of an independent research project under the mentorship and guidance of a CURL Faculty Associate at Huron. This $1500 award is given in recognition of the design of an excellent research proposal and promise of productive scholarship.

    Emily Abbot (History) 

    Mentored by Dr. Tom Peace, Emily will be researching the ethical and legal issues surrounding 3D artifact printing in partnership with Sustainable Archaeology and Parks Canada. 


    Robin Doyle (Psychology) 

    Mentored by Dr. Irene Cheung, Robin will be examining the processes of social inclusion and exclusion in both online and in-person social interactions.


    Hannah Maitland (History) 

    Mentored by Dr. Nina Reid-Maroney and Community Associate Dr. Olivette Otele from Bath-Spa University, Hannah will be examining histories of transatlantic slavery and resistance in collaboration with the Huron “Phantoms of the Past” project. 


    Dylan Matthews (Centre for Global Studies)

    Mentored by Dr. Wendy Russell, Dylan will be examining factors that mediate the human relationship with the consumption, commodification, and sale of water in Southwestern Ontario.

  • Funding and Awards

  • CURL Fellowship Grants 

    Fellowship Grants are designed to allow students to take leadership of an independent research project under the mentorship and guidance of a CURL Faculty Associate at Huron. The total value of the award is $1500.

    In order to receive a CURL Fellowship, both the student and the faculty member need to submit separate applications detailing the same research project, along with its scope and anticipated outcomes.

    Our inaugural Fellowships were awarded in October 2016, and projects will be completed by April 30, 2017.
    Summer Fellowships will begin May 1, 2017 and end no later than August 30, 2017.

    Application deadline has been extended until March 17, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

    Summer Student Fellowship Application Form
    Summer Faculty Mentor Application Form

    CURL Fellowships support the following types of projects:
    • Research activities related to shaping community-based events (examples include leading an exhibition, running and evaluating a student workshop, coordinating public education and/or advocacy events)
    • Investigating a topic of interest and creating an annotated bibliography, summary report, or library collection
    • Creating materials (website, brochure or resource) for a community group or specific cause
    • Expanding, mobilizing, and/or translating research (i.e. publishing or presenting) work created as part of coursework to a wider audience
    • Collecting and organizing data for further use and analysis

    CURL Travel Grants

    Travel Grants assist students with the costs of presenting completed research at a scholarly conference. Other types of travel may be considered on a case-by-case; contact us with your ideas. Priority will be given to applications on which students are listed as the presenting author, and applications to disseminate research projects that highlight research collaboration (e.g., collaboration between student researchers, and/or collaboration between student and faculty researchers). 

    All travel must be completed between May 1, 2017 and December 15, 2017. 

    At least 5 travel grants are available worth up to $1500 each.

    Application deadline is April 10, 2017

    Travel Grant Application Form

  • Meetings and Events

  • CURL Workshops

    All CURL Associates are invited to participate in our research workshops and membership meetings.

    Winter 2017 Workshop
    Thursday March 2, 2017 - Writing and effective research proposal
    2:30-4:00 p.m. in W4

    Communicating research ideas effectively in a proposal is a skill that takes practice to learn. Join Dr. Nick Van Allen, Coordinator, Writing Services in this workshop to learn how to write a research question, structure an effective proposal, write for a non-specialist audience, and read between the lines of grant instructions.  This workshop is strongly recommended to CURL Student Associates planning on applying for a summer fellowship.

    Register for this workshop (space is limited)

    CURL Showcase

    The Huron Undergraduate Research Showcase will be held on April 7, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Huron. This conference will bring together students engaged in undergraduate research, as well as Huron Faculty and Staff. 

    We expect this to be an exciting opportunity for students to present their research,  learn from each other, and interact with members of the Huron community.   

    Proposals are invited from any student researcher at Huron doing research as part of coursework, a CURL fellowship,  or independently.   To submit a proposal you will need a title, abstract, and a presentation format (paper, roundtable discussion, poster, or panel) Abstracts should be under 250 words, not including references.

    Apply to present at the Huron Undergraduate Research Showcase

    CURL Membership Meetings

    All-member meetings take place twice per academic year.

    Spring 2017 Annual Meeting- To be announced

  • Volunteer Opportunities

  • Occasionally there are opportunities for students to engage as volunteer research assistants, and to assist with research-related events at Huron.  Positions will be posted here as they are offered.

    If you are a faculty member who is offering a volunteer position, please contact a member of the steering committee.
  • Documentation and Links

  • CURL Documentation

    CURL Charter

    Undergraduate Research Learning Resources

    The Council on Undergraduate Research
    The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students.

    The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)  is a unique, national organization whose primary focus is to promote the quality of learning at all levels of post-secondary educational institutions.

    International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)
    The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.