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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. 


21st Century Evidence-Based Research Mentoring for Student Success and Persistence

Hosted by the Johnson C. Smith University’s Smith Institute for Applied Research and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Johnson C. Smith University, the 21st Century Evidence-Based Research Mentoring for Student Success and Persistence Conference provided a 3-day interactive summer workshop on research mentoring for retention, persistence, and development of students at UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The event featured a panel of JCSU alumni and other leaders in the field engaged in the science of effective mentorship, career management in student persistence and engagement, and a facilitated activity during which faculty and staff developed a mentoring action plan for fall implementation.


Summer Faculty Research Writing Series Participants Announced!

This past week, ten faculty members from across several disciplines: business, chemistry, communications, natural sciences and mathematics, political science, rhetoric and culture, and computer science, participated in the Summer Faculty Writing Workshop hosted by Smith Institute for Applied Research. Workshop participants spent dedicated, uninterrupted time working on writing projects ranging from books to scientific journal articles. The workshop offered a supportive environment for participants to develop a network of peer-writers outside of their departments or colleges. The building of such collaborations lays the foundation for the development of interdisciplinary teams to further the University’s mission and strategically build capacity through acquisition of external grant funding. Faculty who were selected for the writing workshop have been incentivized to provide proof of a submitted document to a publisher for their creative work later this year.


Congratulations to the 2021-22 CURE Fellows!

Smith Institute is pleased to announce the 10 Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Fellows. This year’s fellows are from a mix of disciplines, and are spending time this summer refining their course syllabi to incorporate research into their classrooms.