Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) Committee

Mission

The mission of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) Committee is to provide a model of leadership and to encourage the highest standards of academic research among undergraduates on campus.  This Committee will monitor and support undergraduate research activities and assure that professional standards are maintained.  It is the responsibility of this body to advise and counsel the Dean of the Honors College and to be advocates for undergraduate research on campus.

Terms

Members of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) Committee serve one (1) year terms.  Appointments are made in the fall.  Terms are for that academic year.  Three (3) members are appointed by the Honors Council.  One (1) must be a student appointed by the Dean of the Honors College.  Three (3) members are appointed by the Council on Faculty Research (CFR).  The Dean of the Honors College acts as chair, and is an ex officio member of the committee.

Duties and Responsibilities

Determine the criteria for eligibility and selection of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity proposals;

Review all proposals for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity and make recommendations for awards and stipends;

Evaluate and advise the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity program periodically;

Approve any changes in the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity program; and

Address campus-wide issues relating to undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity such as Showcase EIU.

 

Membership

URSCA Committee membership for the 2012 - 2013 academic year are:

Mr. Todd Bruns (Council on Faculty Research appointee, Booth Library)

Dr. Melanie Burns (Council on Faculty Research appointee, FCS - LCBAS)

Dr. Richard England (Dean, Honors College)

Mr. Nicholas Ferry (Student, Honors College)

Dr. Andrew Methven (Honors Council appointee, COS - Biological Sciences)

Dr. Amy Rosenstein (Council on Faculty Research appointee, CEPS - Special Education)

Dr. Katherine Shaw (Honors Council appointee, FCS - LCBAS)

Dr. Christopher Wixson (Honors Council appointee, CAH - English Department)