Call for Applications: QEP Disciplinary Research Courses

Deadline: January 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites proposals from tenured and tenure-track faculty from all programs, departments and colleges to develop or enhance an existing research/inquiry enhanced undergraduate course and offer it during the 2018-2019 academic year. Disciplinary courses may be offered during Fall or Spring. OSR will select up to six courses, a combination of 100- and 200-level courses and 300- and 400-level courses. Each selected faculty member will be awarded a one-time $3,500 stipend to enhance and teach at least one section of the course during the specified academic year. OSR strongly encourages faculty from programs and departments that have yet to offer a QEP-enhanced course to apply. General education courses and courses with large enrollments are eligible.  Faculty should send queries to Dr. Crystal S. Anderson, Director of Student Research, at

2018 Disciplinary Course Call For Applications

2018 Disciplinary Course Application Form

2018 Disciplinary Course Application Rubric

2018 Spring Faculty Development Workshop


Teaching the Research Process from Research Focus to Literature Review

January 4, 2018, 9:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Library 209 A&B

 The Office of Student Research (OSR), the Center for Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) and Greenwood Library will sponsor a faculty development workshop on teaching the research process on January 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Greenwood Library 209 A & B. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, and registration is required. Please RSVP by December 15, 2017 using this link: .

This workshop will focus on teaching students how to find, evaluate, synthesize and use research sources to help them select research topics, design research questions/hypotheses, and develop comprehensive literature reviews. Faculty are asked to bring a current research-based assignment to revamp during the workshop. After discussing some of the challenges faculty face in teaching the research process, we will discuss effective instructional strategies and available resources.  In the afternoon, faculty will have the opportunity to revise their assignments and receive feedback from other workshop participants.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Crystal S. Anderson, Office of Student Research,

Collegiate Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Opportunities (CURIO) Program

Deadline: October 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply for the Collegiate Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Opportunities (CURIO) program. CURIO student researchers engage in student-initiated research and submit a manuscript to an undergraduate, graduate or professional scholarly journal for publication.  The Spring Only Option runs during the spring semester.  Students receive a $1200 stipend and faculty mentors receive a $1500 stipend. The Spring-Through-Summer Option includes the spring semester, a 2-week virtual summer session and a 3-week summer writing retreat in residence. Students receive an $1800 stipend and faculty mentors receive a $2000 stipend. For more information and application form, follow this link:–departments/office-of-student-research/initiatives/curio/


How to Successfully Apply for Student Research Funding Workshop

November 2, 2017, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Maugans Prince Edward Room

Do you want to fund your undergraduate research project, but don’t know where to start? Do you want to increase your chances of getting funded by the Office of Student Research? Are you unsure if a topic in your major qualifies for student funding? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to this workshop and learn what kinds of expenses are eligible for funding, how to clearly describe your project and other tips that increase your likelihood of submitting a successful application. This is a great opportunity to prepare for the two funding cycles in Spring 2018.  Students from all disciplines are welcome to attend the workshop, which will feature hot appetizers. Registration is free, but required. Please use the following link: . Participation is limited to the first 24 students who register, although additional sessions may be added if there is sufficient interest.

OSR is Back on the Blogs!!!

In order to make it easier for faculty and students to find the most current information from the Office of Student Research, we are once again posting information on Inquiry, the blog site for the Office of Student Research.

Nominations for 2017 Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards (FEMA)

The Office of Student Research will award Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards (FEMA) to selected faculty nominated by undergraduate students for their work in mentoring inquiry-based activities. Only current Longwood University undergraduate students may submit nominations. Only tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical educators, lecturers, visiting professors and administrative and professional faculty with academic rank may be nominated.

To apply. Students must electronically submit the Nomination  Form below to the Office of Student Research ( with the subject line “2017 FEMA,” Please direct any questions about the nomination process to Crystal S. Anderson, Director, Office of Student Research (

Nominations are due April 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Last year’s recipients of the award are not eligible.

2017 Call for Nominations

2017 Nomination Form

2017 Scoring Rubric

FAQ and Design Tips for Digital Research Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions About Digital Research Presentations

What is a Digital Research Presentation?

It is a research presentation in PowerPoint made accessible to the Internet. It condenses research for general audiences. Your presentation should be able to stand alone, as it will be viewed online via SlideShare. PowerPoint presentations uploaded to SlideShare cannot feature embedded video, audio, voiceovers or animation. Presenters can make use of images, color and text to make their presentations pop.  The web article, “7 Tips to Transform Your SlideShare from Good to Great,” provides helpful suggestions. Also, here is an example of a Digital Presentation in PowerPoint, uploaded to SlideShare: K-pop Cartography: Navigating Subcultural Capital in K-pop Fandom 

I already have a research poster/paper/project. Why should I do a Digital Presentation?

A Digital Presentation creates a file that can be archived through the Office of Student Research in Digital Commons,  Longwood University’s institutional repository. This creates a permanent link accessible by individuals around the world. Students can also embed the link in resumes and online profiles.

Do I have to have a completed research poster/paper/project to do a Digital Presentation?

No. You can create a Digital Presentation from any research-based or scholarly assignment that is in-progress.

More Design Tips for Digital Presentations in PowerPoint

  • Avoid large blocks of text: Limit text on each slide to 50-75 words or less. Use additional slides to fully convey information
  • Consider your audience: Avoid jargon when possible. Explain terms that may be unfamiliar to a general audience.
  • Fonts: Limit your presentation to 2 fonts. You can find different font pairings under Themes>Theme Options>Fonts.
  • Colors: Limit your use of colors. Use the color palettes under Themes>Theme Options>Fonts.
  • Use of images: Images create interest in a presentation. They should complement the information on the slide. You may use visualizations of your own research, including charts, graphs, tables and photographs. You may also use icons (from sites such as Flaticon) and royalty-free stock image (from sites such as Pixabay).  Many museums and archives also provide royalty-free images. Be sure to follow the terms of use for any image that you use.
  • Simplicity: Use color, images and fonts to explain your research. SlideShare will not work with animation, embedded video, audio or voiceovers in PowerPoint.

Top 3 Reasons to Submit a Proposal for SPUR

SPUR is for everyone!

Students from all disciplines can participate. They may submit a proposal based on works-in-progress, course assignments, completed research projects, even posters for other poster sessions.

SPUR is fun!

Presenters as well as attendees can earn points through social media and win the SPUR SwagBag, which includes a SPUR T-shirt, hat, water bottle, tablet holder and power charging bank, all in a canvas SPUR bag!

SPUR is forever!

All presenters will have their abstracts and digital presentations deposited in Digital Commons, Longwood University’s institutional repository, which is searchable and available to individuals within Longwood and around the world. Presenters can include the permanent link link in resumes, job applications, graduate school applications, websites, and online profiles.

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