2019 Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research: Submission Guidelines

The 2019 Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) is a digital initiative that collects and archives exemplary course-based student research with a grade of B+ or above in Digital Commons, Longwood University’s digital archive. Students who submit their work will receive swag from the Office of Student Research. SPUR provides open access to global users and awards to students for most views and downloads. It also creates permanent links that students can use in applications for employment, internships and graduate school.  In spring 2019, all student work will be featured in an online exhibition.  Students who have the highest number of views and downloads will receive awards at a special dinner. Students can submit multiple research-based assignments to increase their chances for awards.

Deadline: January 31, 2019

How to Submit

Is it Research?

In order to submit your coursework to SPUR, you must determine if it is research-based.

Does your paper or project have a research question, hypothesis, thesis or theme (for creative disciplines)?

Did you look up sources and incorporate them into your work or consider what others have said about your topic?

Did you do an analysis or interpretation or produce a creative piece?

If you answered Yes to ALL of these questions, you have research-based coursework suitable for submission to SPUR.

Needed Files

In order to submit you will need a file containing your work and a screenshot of your grade from Canvas or a scan of the grade you earned.

1. File containing your work: Digital Commons converts files into a PDF. If you have other files in other formats, you can add them as Additional Files in the submission process.

2. Screenshot of grade: If your grade is in Canvas, you will need a screenshot from the Submission Detail page. (If your grade is on a hardcopy, just scan the first page that shows the grade you earned).

a. In Canvas, click on the Course that contains the assignment and grade.

b. Click on Grades on the left.

c. Click on the Assignment

d. Make sure you are on the Submission Details page and take a screenshot (see below). You can take a screenshot with your phone and email it to yourself or take a screenshot using a PC or a Mac.

Submission Process

Submit your work and screenshot (or scan) using the online SPUR Submission Form.

2018-19 Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Opportunities (CURIO) Program Call for Applications


The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites all undergraduate students to apply for the Collegiate Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Opportunities (CURIO) Research Program. CURIO is a spring semester research program where faculty supervise student-initiated research that culminates in publication in OSR’s online journal, Omnipedia Review, housed in Digital Commons. CURIO provides students with an opportunity to engage in preliminary research, which that forms the basis for every major research project or inquiry-based creative activity, or to continue a research project already in progress.   OSR designates at least one slot for a student project focused on community engagement. Student researchers receive an $1800 stipend and faculty mentors receive a $2500 stipend. Applications are due November 6, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. CURIO supports Goal 1 of Longwood University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “to improve student learning by promoting their discovery of new knowledge through research” by making available a faculty-guided summer undergraduate research program in all disciplines (Action 1.2).

To Apply:  Students should complete the 2018-19 CURIO Application . Students may also consult the CURIO Rubric. Faculty should complete the 2018-19 CURIO Faculty Recommendation and give it to the student. The student should submit a hard copy of both the Application and Faculty Recommendation to OSR (Library 154) by November 6, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.  Please direct any questions to Dr. Crystal S. Anderson, andersoncs2@longwood.edu

2018-19 Departmental Grants

The Office of Student Research (OSR) offers grants to departments to support events related to student research. These grants may support any activity at the department level related to student research that also complies with general requirements for disbursements (see Policy 4102). The grant amount is $500 and must be used by April 30.  Questions? Contact Dr. Crystal S. Anderson, Director, Office of Student Research, andersoncs2@longwood.edu

Departmental Grant Request Form

Departmental Grant Report Form

2018-19 Undergraduate Funding Award for Research and Travel–UPDATED AND DEADLINE EXTENDED



The Office of Student Research (OSR) offers awards to undergraduate students to defray costs associated with student-initiated research. The maximum award is $500 for single researchers, $1000 for two co-researchers and $1500 for three co-researchers.  Research includes creative activities in theatre, music, art and graphic arts and animation, projects in departments in arts and sciences as well as business and education. Students seeking funding for research posters should use OSR’s Poster Printing Service.  Round 1 applications are due September 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Round 2 applications are due October 15, 2018 October 17, 2018 at 5:00 October 23, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Additionally, students will now have until April 30, 2019 to spend their funds.

New Application Procedures

  1. Students must complete all OSR Pre-Application Tutorials and score at least a 70 for each BEFORE submitting the application. In order to take the Tutorials, send your email address to andersoncs2@longwood.edu with the subject line “Pre-Application Tutorials” and we will add you to the Canvas site, where you will see the three modules for Tutorials. Students who were previously awarded a research or travel grant (provisional awards do not count) are not required to complete the Tutorials. If you are unsure, please contact OSR. Applications from students who have not completed the tutorial will not be accepted.
  2. For students conducting human subject or animal research, you must have your IRB or IACUC application approved BEFORE applying for funding, as you will have to provide documentation of approval.
  3. OSR will no longer make provisional funding decisions (i.e. give awards pending the submission of additional paperwork).
  4. All funds will be disbursed by check to the student applicant(s).

To Apply

  1. Download Undergraduate Funding for Research and Travel CFA and Application  and Faculty Acknowledgement Form.
  2. Send email address to osr@longwood.edu with subject line “Pre-Application Tutorials.”
  3. Take the Tutorials (less than 15 minutes combined) and the relevant quizzes.
  4. Once you receive confirmation of your successful completion of the tutorials, you can complete and submit the hard copy of your application to the Office of Student Research, Library 154 by the deadlines.

Questions? Contact Dr. Crystal S. Anderson, Director, Office of Student Research, andersoncs2@longwood.edu

Call For Nominations for 2018 Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards


The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites current Longwood University undergraduate students from all programs, departments and colleges to nominate faculty for the 2018 Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards (FEMA). OSR will award eight $1000 awards to selected faculty. Only tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical educators, lecturers, visiting professors and administrative and professional faculty with academic rank are eligible for nomination.

The deadline to submit completed forms is April 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Last year’s recipients of the award are not eligible.

2018 FEMA Call For Nominations 

2018 FEMA Application

CITE: Collaborative Interdisciplinary Tutorials for Employment Research Program

The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites students to apply to The Collaborative Interdisciplinary Tutorials for Employment (CITE) Program, a research program for promising students with little or no research experience. The CITE Program introduces students to the research process and provides an opportunity to gain practical skills sought by employers, while providing an $1800 stipend. CITE Fellows collaborate within a research team whose members share similar interests and develop individual research interests in the interdisciplinary humanities through an exploration of topics related to race, ethnicity, media, popular culture, visual culture and more. CITE Fellows produce publicly accessible digital scholarship and receive professional development. The CITE Program is a partnership between The Office of Student Research and The Office of Citizen Leadership and Social Justice.

The deadline is February 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. has been extended to March 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

2018 Call For Applications

2018 CITE Application

Please direct any questions to Dr. Crystal Anderson, Director, Office of Student Research, andersoncs2@longwood.edu.

SPUR 2018: Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research Call for Submissions

The Office of Student Research (OSR) invites undergraduate students from all disciplines to submit to SPUR: Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research, a refereed, all-digital presentation event and networking session to be held April 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Martinelli Board Room. The deadline for submissions is March 30, 2018 April 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Fresh-baked pastries, fruit, coffee and tea will be served.

OSR will showcase PowerPoint presentations as student researchers enjoy free food and share their experience with small groups of other students on Student Research Day.  All presentations will be uploaded to several publicly accessible online platforms prior to Student Research Day. Because of the digital nature of SPUR, students can also participate in the Symposium.

All submissions must be student-initiated, where the student develops or is substantially involved in developing the research question, purpose or theme.

All student researchers receive an OSR slingbag, and those with presentations with the highest views will receive a SPUR SwagBag, which includes a SPUR t-shirt, hat, water bottle , 8GB USB drive and power charging bank, all in a canvas SPUR bag.

What Can Students Submit. Students can submit any work where they ask a question and find evidence to answer it.  Examples include lesson plans, literary analyses, historical analyses, literature reviews, annotated bibliography, data coding, marketing plans, SWOT analyses, and more.

Previous SPUR Presentations

The Raven’s Demons: The Psychoanalytic Relationship Between Edgar Allen Poe’s Life and His Literary Works

Intergenerational Daycares: How They Can Benefit the Elderly Population and Children

We’re All Going to Die: Contrasting the Apocalypse in Night of the Living Dead and Neon Genesis Evangelion

Bring your idea or work to OSR and let us help you create an awesome presentation!

Benefits. Student work receives wide exposure beyond Longwood. Presentations are permanently housed in Digital Commons, the university’s institutional repository that is searchable via Google and other major search engines and linked to hundreds of colleges and universities around the world. Students can use the permalink for resumes, job applications, graduate school applications, websites and online profiles like LinkedIn.

How to Submit to SPUR

  1. Create a digital presentation in PowerPoint and an abstract. OSR strongly recommends using the SPUR18 Digital Presentation Worksheet  and the Digital Presentation Sample to plan and design the presentation. Other file types will not be accepted. Animation and transitions may be stripped out of presentations when uploaded to online platforms.
  2. Submit Digital Presentation and Abstract using the SPUR18 Submission Form.   (If you do not already have a Gmail account, you will have to create one).

Submissions will be reviewed using the SPUR Submission Rubric.  Students will receive a notification of acceptance or a request to revise and resubmit. Students are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from the Office of Student Research.


April 13, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.: Submission deadline

April 20, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.: Revision and resubmission deadline

Please direct any questions to Dr. Crystal Anderson, Director, Office of Student Research, andersoncs2@longwood.edu.

Spring 2018 Student Research Funding

The Office of Student Research (OSR) offers awards up to $500 for single researchers, $1000 for two co-researchers and $1500 for three co-researchers to defray costs associated with engaging in student-initiated research, where 1) the student develops a question or is substantially involved in developing a research question, 2) conducts an inquiry or investigation using sources as evidence and 3) shares the results. Research includes creative activities in theatre, music, art and graphic arts and animation, projects in departments in arts and sciences as well as business and education.

Deadline: February 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. and March 13, 2018 March 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Spring 2018 Call for Application for Student Research Awards

Spring 2018 Student Research Award Application

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 andersoncs2@longwood.edu.

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:  https://goo.gl/forms/pxc8CpL8JmqeU0m13 .

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, andersoncs2@longwood.edu.