The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee reports to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
The URSA Steering Committee consists of 21 members including the following:
· Co-Director of URSA for the Art, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Non-Health Pre-Professional Disciplines (appointed by the Dean of Arts & Sciences, in consultation with the Associate Dean of Engaged Learning and the URSA Steering Committee). The Co-Director will co-chair the URSA Steering Committee.
· Co-Director of URSA for Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Pre-Health Professional Disciplines (appointed by the Dean of Arts & Sciences, in consultation with the Associate Dean of Engaged Learning and the URSA Steering Committee). The Co-Director will co-chair the URSA Steering Committee.
· Associate Dean for Engaged Learning (ex officio).
· Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, College of Arts and Sciences (ex officio).
· Two directors or their designee from one of these fellow/undergraduate research programs is a (voting) ex officio member: Science Research Fellows Program, Business Fellows Program, Computer Science Fellows, McNair Program, Honors Program, or Pre-Health Programs. Appointments should rotate among these programs every two years.
· 13 at-large faculty members selected by the Vice Provost for Research in consultation with the Committee on Committees. These members should preferably be actively contributing to research and scholarship in their respective fields, active mentors of undergraduate research, and/or have experience in submitting grant proposals. The membership should represent at least five of the undergraduate schools and colleges. Where possible, representatives should come from different disciplines as outlined below to maintain balance, although a commitment to undergraduate research should be the primary consideration for appointment.
· STEM (3 seats: 1 from fields such as Biology, Environmental Science, Psychology, or Neuroscience; 1 from fields such as Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Mathematics; and 1 from the School of Engineering and Computer Science).
· Humanities (2 seats, e.g., from Art History, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, or Religion).
· Fine or Performing Arts (2 seats, e.g., from Studio Art, Film and Digital Media, Music, and Theatre).
· Social Sciences (2 seats, e.g., from Aerospace Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Journalism, Museum Studies, Political Science, and Sociology).
· The non-health professional disciplines (1 seat from the School of Business, the School of Education, or the School of Social Work).
· The health professions (2 seats: 1 from the Louise Harrington School of Nursing and 1 from the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences).
· University Libraries (1 seat).
· Two undergraduate students selected by the Vice Provost for Research. At least one of the two students should be selected based on membership of student organizations committed to research and scholarship, such as BURST. At least one of the student members should be chosen from the humanities or non-STEM fields.
Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee is responsible for advising the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research on the advancement of undergraduate opportunities for research, scholarship and creativity on the Baylor campus, and the enhancement of the interface with off-campus options, such as National Science Foundation funded undergraduate programs. The URSA Steering Committee administers the URSA small grant program, organizes Scholars Week and other university venues for presentation or publication of undergraduate research and creative activity, oversees an institutional website communicating undergraduate research opportunities, and promotes development of faculty mentors.