Dr. Terry Conley, Dean of the School of Science and Technology at Cameron University, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a Councilor in the Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Conley’s term will begin in June 2014, concurrent with the national CUR conference in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1978, CUR supports and promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. The organization has a membership of nearly 10,000 individuals and more than 650 universities and colleges.
“Cameron University has publically committed to supporting and promoting undergraduate research, through both its mission statement and its strategic plan,” says Conley. “The School of Science and Technology actively engages students in undergraduate research, scholarship, and other creative activities, as do the Schools of Business, Liberal Arts, and Education and Behavioral Sciences.”
Conley has much experience in mentoring undergraduate research students, having previously served as the project director on several state- and federally-funded research grants. He is currently working with the departments of the School of Science and Technology to increase undergraduate research opportunities.
“Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original or creative contribution to the discipline,” he says. “The benefits of undergraduate research cannot be understated. They include the enhancement of student learning, increased student retention, development of critical thinking skills and intellectual independence, development of an understanding of research methodology, and promotion of an innovation-oriented culture. Undergraduate research also provides effective career preparation.”
Conley joined the Cameron faculty as Dean in July 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Education in Biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and a Doctorate in Plant Molecular Biology from The University of Iowa. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Maize Biology Training Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Conley is currently president-elect of the Oklahoma Academy of Science.
April 4, 2014