Learning Through Research

What is a CUR Councilor?

CUR Councilors compose the governing body of CUR.  We are always looking for new councilors willing to devote some of their time and creativity to inventing new programs and providing services. The future of CUR (and perhaps undergraduate research!) depends on such volunteers. 

CUR Councilor Nominations will begin in September of each year. For the 2017 elections, nominations are due by November 21, 2016. Please visit the nomination form to submit your biographical information for consideration.  A list of the questions required for submission are found below.  Please note some divisions may have additional required information.

We recommend that you prepare your answers in advance of submitting this application, then copy and paste into the form.

Individuals that are new to CUR should first create their membership, and login using their newly established membership username and password to submit the nomination.

In addition to verifying your contact information, the following information will be required for submission:

    • Year of highest degree
    • Demographical information about your current institution.
    • Institutional affiliation
    • Current position
    • Keeping in mind CUR’s strategic pillars, please give us 300 words on how you are positioned to serve the Council?  (limit 300 words)
    • Link to supplemental materials (e.g. Two-page CV, LinkedIn page, Bio on Campus webpage, other websites or blogs)
    • You may also see division specific questions.  Should you need more time to prepare answers to these questions, please remember to click "post changes" to save your progress.  You can then return to an existing nomination in the future to supply your final answers.

CUR’s Five Strategic Pillars are:

  • Integrating and Building Undergraduate Research into Curriculum and Coursework—focusing on building curriculum that is both research-based and supports undergraduate research as an outcome of curriculum.
  • Assessment of the Impact of Undergraduate Research—examines the outcomes of undergraduate research on students, faculty, curriculum and institutions.
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate Research—offers undergraduate research to a wider audience of undergraduates, faculty, and institutions to increase the diversity of participants, particularly from underrepresented groups and institutions.
  • Innovation and Collaboration in Undergraduate Research—expanding undergraduate research opportunities beyond academic institutions to research collaborations with business and non-profit organizations as well as between higher education institutions.
  • Internationalization and Undergraduate Research—expanding the opportunities for research exchanges, research collaboration, and field research in international settings.

CUR Councilors are elected to 3-year terms and are expected to attend the annual business meetings held in June, where they participate in helping shape the future of CUR and undergraduate research.  Every year, eight new members are elected to the 24-member Divisional Council. Each Divisional Council (there are eleven discipline-based divisions--Arts & Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Education, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics & Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences; an interdisciplinary At-large Council, and a division for Undergraduate Research Program Directors) represents the membership of that division.

Responsibilities of CUR Councilors

1.    All Councilors and Councilor nominees must be paid members of CUR.

2.    Since the majority of the business of the council has traditionally occurred during the annual meeting of the council, it is essential that all councilors attend each annual meeting. New councilors should be aware that normally the cost of attendance is borne by their chairs, deans, or presidents. CUR councilors are expected to attend the meeting following their election and the next 3 consecutive council meetings.

3.    The business of CUR is carried out through a variety of Division-specific and Council-wide Committees. In addition to active involvement in a discipline-based Division, each Councilor is expected to actively serve on at least one Committee. Committee assignments normally require involvement throughout the year.

4.    Councilors have been elected because they are leaders in the community of researchers at primarily undergraduate institutions or because they show unusual promise of leadership. They must demonstrate this leadership in the council by seeking solutions to problems faced by our research community or by the council.

Current members may view the Councilor Handbook.