SPUR 2018: Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research

April 24, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Martinelli Board Room

SPUR is an all-digital presentation event where Longwood students submit a digital presentation prior to student research day. It is uploaded to several online platforms, including  Digital Commons, the university’s digital repository that is  accessible via Google and major search engines. It is also part of the Digital Commons Network, which brings together scholarly work  from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide.

On student research day, students participate in a catered informal networking session to share their motivations and experiences. Students can participate in SPUR and other events on student research day.  All student participants receive an Office of Student Research sling bag!

All research, including creative work, is eligible, including works-in-progress, completed projects, preliminary findings, drafts, research-based coursework and independent research. Submissions must be from student-initiated research, where the student develops or is substantially involved in developing a research question.

3 Reasons to Participate in SPUR!

  1. SPUR is for everyone. Students from all disciplines can participate.
  2. SPUR is fun. All student researchers receive a SPUR slingbag, and students with presentations with the highest views will receive a SPUR SwagBag, which includes a SPUR t-shirt, hat, water bottle and power charging bank, all in a canvas SPUR bag!
  3. SPUR is forever. All presentations are deposited in Digital Commons, Longwood University’s digital repository, which is searchable and available to individuals within Longwood and around the world. Students will have a permanent link to use for resumes, job applications, graduate school applications, websites and online profiles.

3 Ways You Can Participate in SPUR If Your Research Is In-Progress or For Future Publication

  1. Base your digital presentation on an expanded version of your literature review and show lapses in the scholarship.
  2. Share your preliminary findings from a small data set.
  3. Explore failed experiments, avenues of inquiry you do not plan to develop or data you do not intend to use.

How to Submit to SPUR

  1. Complete the SPUR 2018 Submission Form.
  2. Complete the SPUR18 Digital Presentation Worksheet (strongly recommended if research is not easily transferred to a PowerPoint Presentation). Consult the Digital Presentation Sample for design tips.
  3. Create a digital presentation in PowerPoint. Other file types will not be accepted. Animation and transitions may be stripped out of presentations when uploaded online.
  4. Submit Digital Presentation as the primary file and the completed SPUR Submission Form as an additional file in Digital Commons.

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.


March 30, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.: Submission deadline

April 13, 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.

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: http://solomon.longwood.edu/offices–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: https://goo.gl/forms/tbKVm01hjH2ZR96P2 . 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 (osr@longwood.edu) with the subject line “2017 FEMA,” Please direct any questions about the nomination process to Crystal S. Anderson, Director, Office of Student Research (andersoncs2@longwood.edu).

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