THE COUNCIL ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH


The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research. CUR's leadership works with agencies and foundations to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students. CUR provides support for faculty development. Our publications and outreach activities are designed to share successful models and strategies for establishing and institutionalizing undergraduate research programs. We assist administrators and faculty members in improving and assessing the research environment at their institutions. CUR also provides information on the importance of undergraduate research to state legislatures, private foundations, government agencies, and the U.S. Congress. CUR welcomes faculty and administrators from all academic institutions. Our primary advocacy is in support of faculty and undergraduate students engaged in research. CUR achieves its vision through efforts of its membership as organized in a divisional structure that includes biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences, an at-large division that serves administrators and other disciplines, and a division for directors of undergraduate research programs. Visit the CUR website to learn more.

CUR's leadership works with agencies and foundations to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students as well as:

Supports faculty development through Institutes in Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research, Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs, Proposal Writing, and Social Sciences and Humanities.

Publishes books and articles related to creating, managing, and evaluating undergraduate research programs; mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Assists administrators and faculty members in improving and assessing the research environment at their institutions.

Provides information on the importance of undergraduate research to state legislatures, private foundations, government agencies, and the U.S. Congress.
CUR welcomes faculty and administrators from all academic institutions, but individual members affiliate with one of nine divisions: Chemistry, Biology, Geosciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, plus a division for Undergraduate Research Program Directors and an At-Large division for administrators and other disciplines.

Defining undergraduate research as an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline, the benefits of such endeavors are to

  • enhance student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
  • increase retention in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pipeline
  • increase enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
  • develop critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • develop an understanding of research methodology
  • promote an innovation-oriented culture 

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