Authors and Advisors


Dr. Gregory Young

Dr. Gregory Young founded University College at Montana State University, where he was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education for eight years, and founding director of the Undergraduate Scholars Program. He supervised the implementation of a new core curriculum that was one of the first at a public university to require undergraduate research/creativity for all. He has served as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture and Director of the MSU School of Music. He helped start the Arts & Humanities division of CUR. A clarinetist with the Intermountain Opera Orchestra, Montana Ballet, and the Bozeman Symphony, he received a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Western Ontario, and master's and doctoral degrees in music from the University of Michigan.

Lead advisors

Dr. Julio Rivera

Dr. Julio Rivera researches "Big Data" problems and applies methodologies emphasizing "Business Geographics," which integrates Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, and statistics. He brings this approach to problems in Marketing, Real Estate, Retail Site Selection, Economic Geography, and Data Analytics and challenges students to use these methods to solve problems and conduct research. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences. He was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award, and is an Emeritus President of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Rivera regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs. He serves as a consultant to government, business, and higher education and served as the Provost of Carthage College overseeing all aspects of the College's academic administration (2010–14).

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-Informed Teaching, and Director of Research for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.


Dr. Joanne Altman

Dr. Joanne Altman is the founding director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works at High Point University. Formerly, she taught psychology at Washburn University, where she earned the Ned N. Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award, the A. Roy Meyers Award for Excellence in Research, and the Herrick Award for Outstanding Service. Across her career, she has supervised over 140 student research projects guiding students through the professional process of presentations and publications. She serves as an elected councilor in the psychology division for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and chairs the CUR Assessment Task Force. She also serves on the CUR Executive Board. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, her master's and doctoral degrees in comparative psychology from Temple University, and a postdoc from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialized in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Masters in Digital Education, and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the University at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.

Course structure



  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes

Course files

    Module 1: A comprehensive undergraduate research program

    • What does a robust undergraduate research culture look like?
    • How different components enhance reputation
    • Perspective on pedagogy: a community of scholars
    • A brief self-study
    • Impact of undergraduate research
    • Module summary

    Module 2: Faculty roles and rewards

    • The nature of faculty teaching and research productivity
    • Embedding UR into existing workloads
    • Possible changes in curriculum, delivery, workload
    • Implementation steps needed, and reflection
    • Module summary

    Module 3: Telling the story: the impact of communicating success

    • Stakeholders and communication channels
    • Constant communication
    • Reflection and action plan
    • Anticipating future teaching/research contexts
    • Module summary


  • Course summary
  • Resource bank
  • References

Course features

Course features include:

  • Real students discussing their opinions and experiences
  • An interview with the Assistant News Director and Senior Editor for the MSU News Service.

Supporting institutions

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Oakland University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point