I-CUREUS for Faculty

I-CUREUS for Faculty at a Glance

FAQs for Faculty Eligibility
Purpose and Procedures Undergraduate Research conference

Applications for the 2020-2021 I-CUREUS are now open.

Please review the new I-CUREUS Information Sheet. It takes into account some changes put into place for the program in the 2018-2019 academic year which will continue going forward.

FAQs for I-CUREUS for Faculty

Prior to hiring an I-CUREUS participant, faculty members often have several questions. The Discovery Centre has compiled a list of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers for your convenience.


Participating professors must belong to an academic unit of the university. Faculty must also hold a research grant at the time of application. This opportunity is not available to contract instructors.

Purpose and Procedures

Faculty members are requested to identify potential applicants for this program, to discuss opportunities related to their own research with interested students and to prepare a brief statement of the specific work that the student they choose to mentor will undertake, and the benefits that s/he will gain by engaging in the research. By co-signing the application, faculty members agree to supervise the work. At the end of the project, we will ask for participating faculty members’ feedback concerning their experience with the student and with the program as a whole.

Standards of work should be set, outlining the responsibilities  of the professor and the student. For example:

A work plan and timeline should be agreed upon at the beginning. When possible, the student and professor should meet once per week. The students should maintain a work log. It will be expected that students share their I-CUREUS experience with other undergraduates through social media, Carleton websites and/or the Discovery Centre.

Professors and their selected students apply jointly for the I-CUREUS program, using the official form. These applications are to be submitted online.

The students’ work term will last a minimum of 8 weeks starting over the Fall or Winter semester. Students will be expected, on average, to dedicate 10-15 hours/week to their research project (not exceeding 150 hours at $15 per hour). Work must finish by the end of the term indicated in the application.

Undergraduate research conference

Research isn’t completed until it has been presented. The 2015-16 year marked the first I-CUREUS research fair, which brought research interns and faculty members as well as members of the wider Carleton community together to learn of the various types of research taking place across campus.  Your I-CUREUS participant will present the research work that they complete under your supervision at this annual fair, to be held late in the Winter term.  Please make time for this event in your calendar.

Some Carleton undergraduate students also apply through the office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) to participate in the US National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR began in 1987 as an opportunity for undergraduate scholars  to present their research. Since 2012 Carleton has sent a small delegation to the conference.  Please support your I-CUREUS participant in reaching for this opportunity. More details can be found here.