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FROM: Undergraduate Research RE: Workshop and Presentation: Institutionalizing UG Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity
4/2/2014 12:50:51 PM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff

Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Monday, April 14


Dr. Jeffrey Osborn

The Center for Undergraduate Research is pleased to host Dr. Jeffrey Osborn on Monday, April 14 for a day-long special event – “Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA)”.  Dr. Osborn will be sharing his considerable expertise with URSCA through a series of activities.  In the morning he will meet with various members of the administration and the faculty.

From 11:00 to 2:30 p.m. he will lead a “Building Institutional Capacity and Leadership to Support URSCA” workshop for about 20 participants.
Note that participation in the workshop is limited to 20 people and is by invitation only.  If you are interested in an invitation to the workshop, please contact Dr. Gregg Gould (

The day will culminate with a plenary presentation and discussion at 3:00 p.m. in Duda 103.  The plenary session is titled “The Benefits of URSCA: Creating an Institutional Community of Faculty and Student Scholars” and it is open to the entire campus community.


Jeffrey M. Osborn

Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn is Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Biology at The College of New Jersey. Dr. Osborn is an administrator-teacher-scholar, conducting research and teaching in the broad field of plant evolutionary biology. His teaching has covered a range of areas, including biology, botany, and interdisciplinary courses. He employs an array of pedagogical methods, directly incorporates original research into his courses, and has contributed to curricular reform efforts at his own institutions and at the national level. Dr. Osborn has received over $7 million in funding from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, J. William Fulbright Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, among others.

               Dr. Osborn is a PastPresident of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), a national organization of over 9,000 individual and 700 institutional members representing all disciplines and over 900 colleges and universities of all types. He currently serves as a principal investigator on CUR’s National Science Foundation-­funded national workshop project, as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Botany, and as a member of the External Advisory Board of the State of Oklahoma’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Program. Osborn has served as Program Director and member of the Executive Board of the Botanical Society of America, and on the Peer Review Committees for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars–Fulbright Senior Scholar Program and for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)–Research Competitiveness Program.

He has received numerous awards including the Centennial Award from the Botanical Society of America, the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America from the National Science Foundation, and Truman State University’s (Missouri) highest award for recognizing outstanding faculty members. He holds B.S and M.S. degrees from Texas State University–San Marcos and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.