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 November 6, 2014. Please visit the nomination form to submit your biographical information for consideration.

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 ten discipline-based divisions--Arts & Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, 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.