Learning Through Research

What is a CUR Councilor?

CUR Councilors are the governing body of CUR.  We are always in the market for new councilors who are eager 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 2015 elections, nominations are due by December 11, 2015. 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.

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

  • Institutional affiliation and noteworthy positions (limit 50 words)
  • Noteworthy grants received/professional accomplishments (limit 100 words)
  • Relevant publications or presentations (limit 3) Highlight any undergraduate co-authors with an asterisk (*)
  • In what professional activities related to undergraduate research have you engaged over the last five years? (limit 200 words)
  • CUR has articulated five "strategic pillars (listed below) to guide its work in the coming years.  Describe how your experiences/knowledge could be of value to these initiatives or to the mission of the Council broadly. (limit 250 words)
  • 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.