The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is expanding its annual, national-level Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research workshop using a regional approach, and Penn State Brandywine will host the launch of these regional workshops on Sept. 28-30.

These workshops are designed for institutions that would like to create a culture of campuswide engagement in undergraduate research. They will assist participating institutions in articulating their goals for institutionalizing undergraduate research, as well as developing strategies to achieve these goals on their campuses.

Julie Ackerman, senior director for the CUR, said Penn State Brandywine was selected as a site because of the University and campus' commitment to undergraduate research. The organization received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the expansion.

Laura Guertin, associate professor of earth and mineral science at Penn State Brandywine and campus coordinator for the program, said of serving as host school: "This is a great honor for Penn State Brandywine, and we hope this will help us expand on our already strong undergraduate research initiatives, as well as form collaborations with other schools seeking such opportunities." For information on how to participate in the CUR's Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research workshop at Penn State Brandywine, go to online.