In 2007, The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program to expand the successful model of CUR’s annual, national-level Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research workshop using a regional approach.
The Council on Undergraduate Research is proud to be a partner with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium in the development and administration of NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP). CUR is helping to publicize the program and is producing a new booklet, "How To Mentor Undergraduates", for use in the program. It is now available in an edition for federal agency scientists and faculty mentors. CUR is also assisting the Va. Space Grant Consortium in the development of a handbook for students who go to an off campus site for an intensive research experience.
Research Link 2000 was a project of The Council on Undergraduate Research to bring together biology faculty from colleges and universities to select, develop and disseminate a group of field-tested, experimental systems and instructional materials to support the introduction of research-based experiments in introductory biology courses. It promoted research activities by students and faculty on all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Funded by the National Science Foundation, DUE, project # 9896223 (1997-2001).
This program promoted collaboration between faculty at primarily under-graduate institutions and NSF Materials Research Centers or faculty who already have NSF support.
CUR's flagship program was the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. It provides stipends for selected students, and may also cover other costs. Gifts from corporations and foundations, co-sponsoring scientific societies, grants from the federal government and gifts from individuals support the fellowships. In 1998, the Brian Andreen Undergraduate Research Fund was established to build a permanent endowment for the program.
This project was initiated at the urging of several program officers at the National Science Foundation. NSF and other agencies that use peer review are always looking for high quality reviewers from all types of academic institutions throughout the country. We provide access to our database electronically to bona fide representatives of publicly recognized agencies. CUR does not evaluate the individual listings, but solicits listings from our members whom we know to be interested in quality education and research at primarily undergraduate institutions. At the present time, the Registry is limited to individuals with backgrounds in the scientific fields covered by NSF and NIH.