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CUR Week 2022

This year, the Council on Undergraduate Research has designated April 18th-April 22nd as CUR Week! Johnson C. Smith University will participate with activities that will engage both students and faculty. Smith Institute for Applied Research will host its annual Student Research Poster Competition during CUR Week, and will announce the winners later on its YouTube Channel.

Leading up to the competition, students will engage with Smith Institute to prepare for the competition. Students interested in competing can review guidelines in our Call for Abstracts!


Smith Institute Congratulates JCSU Alumna Quaneisha Payne on Acceptance to Grad School

Quaneisha Payne c/o ’19 has been accepted into the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. During her time at Johnson C. Smith University, she was very active in co-curricular activities. Payne served on the Student Government Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and was even employed as Research Assistant for Smith Institute for Applied Research, supporting community-based research while developing qualitative and quantitative skills. During her time working with Smith Institute, she served as an ambassador for research on campus, recruiting students and faculty to engage in the process of creative inquiry, and supported production of a community needs health assessment for the Northwest Corridor of Charlotte.


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022

We remember. We act. We lift our voices.

Get Your Free Copy of CUR’s SPUR journal

Your JCSU e-mail address gives you CUR membership, allowing each faculty member to download the newly released Winter 2022 issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research.

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2022 to all students, faculty, and staff! At Smith Institute, we look forward to supporting your research efforts and wish you a fruitful year at JCSU!


Showcasing Research Experience on your Resume

Students are invited to join Dr. Tara Bengle on Wednesday, December 1st at 12pm to learn how to present research experiences on their resume. By participating in research, students develop skills that are in-demand by employers. This workshop will help students to identify the skills they developed through research experiences and add them to their resumes.


Introduction to Graduate School Workshop

Wednesday, November 17th at 12pm, Dr. Tara Bengle will provide a hybrid workshop addressing graduate school. Many students are just beginning their studies at JCSU and are unfamiliar with graduate school. This workshop introduces students to graduate school and the types of degrees that are offered.


Rescheduled: Finding a Mentor Student Workshop

Update: This workshop has been rescheduled to November 23rd at 10am. Dr. Erika Dugo will provide students with tools for successfully finding a research mentor. Students will learn how to identify their research interests and be introduced to potential faculty mentors on JCSU’s campus.

Presenter: Dr. Erika Dugo


Writing A Literature Review & Avoiding Plagiarism

Missed the webinar? Watch the Replay!

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.

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