Become a Councilor
CUR Councilors are elected to 3-year terms and are expected to attend the yearly business meetings held in June where they participate in helping shape the future of CUR and undergraduate research. Each Councilor serves on a committee
where much of the work of CUR gets done. Feel free to contact the current CUR Biology Councilors directly with questions. If you are interested in becoming a Councilor please contact Pamela Hanson
Biology Student Travel Awards
The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) offers a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the information page.
CUR members have direct access to each other and use it frequently. Here you can participate in debates about various aspects of undergraduate research, ask and answer questions about how others deal with certain problems, or do anything else you want it to do for you. Click here
for directions on how to subscribe to the general CUR List-serv or the Biology List-Serv.
The Biology Division of CUR serves to support research with undergraduates in a variety of ways:
Grant Preview Service
CUR Biology Program Review Service
CUR Conference Activities
CUR Posters on the Hill
How To booklets
"How To Get Started in Research" , now in its second edition, written by Bert Holmes and Thomas Goodwin
"How to Develop and Administer Institutional Undergraduate Research Programs", 1999, by Toufic Hakim
"How to Get a Tenure-Track Position at a Predominately Undergraduate Institution", 2000, by Patricia Videtich, Michelle Bushey and Deborah Lycan.
"How to Mentor Undergraduates" will be available in the summer of 2002
for more information or to order you publications online.
CUR PR Efforts
One of the most important behind-the-scenes activities of CUR is working on science policy and government relations issues with congress and the US federal agencies. Previous efforts by CUR were critical in realizing NSF's RUI program and NIH's AREA program. CUR continues to work with legislators to help them understand the importance of research in undergraduate education. The April Dialog and the Posters on the Hill activities are directly targeted to doing this (see above). In addition, our Presidents and EOs have provided testimony to Congress about issues in undergraduate science education.
CUR currently runs the following institutes that may be of interest to biologists—
Biologists have been prominently involved in the planning and organization of these three Institutes. To learn more click here.