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Commemorating 4 Years of CURL In 2019-2020: A Year in Review

“So impressed with the perseverance of CURL students, faculty and staff this year. Undergraduate work continues to be vital to the student experience and CURL will continue to support and facilitate excellent Huron undergraduate research.”

Dr.  Christine Tsang, Director of CURL

Here at CURL, we believe that hands-on learning is a fundamental part of the undergraduate student experience.  In our fourth year of operation, our goal remains the same: to support students in their research endeavours through faculty mentorship, peer collaboration, and partnerships with Huron’s external communities.

Four years of CURL means funding for undergraduate research, participation in Huron-based conferences encourages students to take control of their learning through impactful projects that open doors in future careers. Research Fellowships that grant students $1500 for independent research are a staple in the CURL community, and for those students who seek to take their research beyond the halls of Huron and into the wider world, CURL offers Travel Bursaries of $500. By the close of April 2020, we’d hosted over 10 workshops and conferences spanning the 4 years of our operation,  popular with both students and faculty.

Despite the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2019-2020 was a very successful year for CURL students, faculty and staff. Fellowship students showed their tenacity by reworking their methodology to a completely online format. We were delighted to showcase terrific student projects from across all disciplines during the Spring Conference, with over 70 student presentations, digital displays and posters. CURL also developed an OWL site to be a hub for fostering research skills through resources on research policies, ethics, processes, and more to support prospective student researchers. In response to the shift to online learning, CURL is proud to offer $150 Research Skill Bursaries to support students’ attendance at online workshops and conference opportunities. As another year begins, we look forward to fueling the curiosity of the students we work with on a day-to-day basis; without you, there would be no CURL! To see your resilience and initiative was a true pleasure; we look forward to supporting you and future students in the years to come. Thank you to all of our staff and faculty for a terrific 4 years as well: we couldn’t ask for a better team!

CURL’s 2019-2020 Year at a Glance

  • 9 Student Research Fellowships Awarded (5 during the academic year in the fields of Psychology, Economics, MOS, and Global Studies, 4 in the summer in the areas of Psychology, Philosophy, History, MOS, Japanese Studies, and Economics)
  • 6 Student Travel Bursaries
  • 2 CURL Writing Workshops: Prepare to Pitch in September 2019, February 2020
  • 1 Conference: the Fall Exhibition featured Over 50 Student Researchers presenting talks, digital displays, and posters
  • SIG Award Winners: Lucas Savino, Thomas Peace, Katherine Lawless and Katherine Pendakis
  • Undergrad Spotlight: Student research featured on Huron’s social media throughout Summer 2020

Amy Luck