CUR Lauds March for Science’s Championing of Public Support for Science
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) officially endorsed the mission of the March for Science, a celebration of science that will take place on April 22, 2017 (Earth Day), at 10 am on the National Mall, with satellite marches across the United States and other nations. The March’s mission, championing “robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity,” strongly aligns with CUR’s mission.
As a vibrant and nonpartisan nonprofit organization of more than 12,000 members from nearly 900 institutions, CUR supports high-quality, faculty-mentored, undergraduate student research. The March’s aim—“to unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest”—mirrors CUR’s membership of institutions large and small, public and private, urban and rural, and national and international, as well as its advocacy for inclusive and vigorous creative inquiry and heritage as an organization founded by chemists and expanded to include all disciplines. CUR supports robust public investments in research by entities such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities. The federal government’s support for driving research keeps the United States at the cutting edge of discovery, maintains its global competitiveness, and equips its highly skilled workforce. Undergraduate research is essential for students’ preparation for their future careers, as they become the next generation of research leaders and innovators developing and expanding economic sectors.
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