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Writing A Literature Review & Avoiding Plagiarism

Thursday, October 28th at 12pm, Dr. Erika Dugo will present a workshop that will give students information on the steps involved in the literature review process and tips for writing the literature review. Another important topic that will be discussed is how to ensure academic integrity by avoiding plagiarism. For those who pre-register, in-person location is Carnegie Hall; workshop will be available virtually via Zoom.


Funding Available for Students to Participate in NCUR Conference

Students are invited to submit their abstracts for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)’s annual conference, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). In order to compete, the regular abstract submission deadline is November 19th, 2021. Participating in the conference will allow students to practice the skills that will help to advance in their careers after graduation. The virtual NCUR @ Home event will take place April 4-8 2022. Interested students should follow the steps below:


CANCELLED: Writing an Effective Abstract for Your Research Workshop

This workshop has been cancelled due to staff illness. Please stay tuned for updates.


Know your Source: Research Resource Tools & Citations Workshop

Thursday, September 30th at 12pm, Dr. Erika Dugo will provide students with instruction on how to access database and catalog offerings in the James B. Duke Library. Students will learn tips for choosing a research topic and citing scholarly sources.


The Graduate School Application Process

September 15, 2021 at 12pm, Dr. Tara Bengle will provide a workshop with both in-person and virtual options for students that will allow them to learn about the graduate school application process. This session will also help students communicate their qualities and characteristics as they prepare a competitive application.


2021 Student Fall Schedule Announced!

Smith Institute’s Workshop Series covers various research topics and tools such as identifying a research topic and using Qualtrics to design an online survey. Our workshops help students develop the research skills that are needed to be a successful graduate of JCSU and competitive in the job market. We also host a graduate school workshop series to provide relevant information to students who are considering education beyond their four-year degree. We will use a hybrid model, and have a limited number of in-person slots that you must pre-register for- all other participants will be virtual, and the Zoom links will be available closer to the dates of each workshop!


This one’s on us! Get your Free CUR Membership with your JCSU E-mail Address

Your JCSU e-mail address grants you access to a membership with the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR). The mission of CUR is to support and promote high-quality mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. The organization hosts several meetings and conferences annually. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students can join CUR at no cost under Smith Institute’s institutional membership. Members are eligible to participate in meetings and conferences hosted by CUR. 


Find Virtual Internships with FREE Access to Student Opportunity Center with your JCSU E-mail Address

Student Opportunity Center (SOC) is a centralized online platform where students can learn about internships, global and national conferences within their industry, or career development opportunities. The mission of SOC is for every student to participate in experiential learning opportunities so they are prepared for a great life and career in the 21st century. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students can create an account with SOC as part of Smith Institute’s institutional membership. Students and faculty get FREE access to the Student Opportunity Center (SOC) with your JCSU e-mail address!  (more…)

Student Research and Creative Works Award

Student Research and Creative Opportunities Award.

This program supports JCSU students in completing student-driven research and creative projects in their disciplines by providing funds to make that work possible. Students must submit a proposal that describes why the proposed project is worthwhile and relevant. Each student who receives an award must present their project during the annual CUR Week Student Poster Competition in April. Apply here for the Research and Creative Works Award!


Student Research Travel Awards

Student Conference Travel Awards are offered by the Smith Institute to individual JCSU undergraduate and graduate students to defray the cost of travel to attend or make a presentation of original research at an in-person or virtual professional conference or meeting. Ready to present your research at a conference? Smith Institute for Applied Research offers Conference Travel Support Scholarships for students! Apply here for travel awards!  Students must complete an application that clearly demonstres how the requested travel experience will contribute to advancing their academic and career success.