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International Perspectives on Undergraduate Research

CUR is a predominantly U.S.-based non-profit organization committed to providing support and partnership for diverse international undergraduate research initiatives.
This webpage is designed to highlight CUR's partnerships and international initiatives, and additions are welcome. Should you have a suggestion, please contact CUR.
"Undergraduate research is now an international movement" (Jenkins and Healey 2010)

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World Congress

wORLDCome join undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors from around the globe to share your research as well as create new networks and research partnerships at the World Congress.

SAVE THE DATES:  Second World Congress on Undergraduate Research now scheduled.  The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany will host from May 23rd to 25th 2019.  We anticipate that more detailed information about conference themes will be available in June of 2019.



Other Undergraduate Research Organizations


2f-md924The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual event that is unique in concept and design. Using the latest in high-definition video conferencing technology, it connects students from universities across the world to a single 24-hour forum. It is a platform to showcase the work of some of the world’s best undergraduate researchers from any discipline or area. Undergraduates present their research in joint sessions alongside peers on the other side of the world, interacting with fellow presenters and audiences in real-time through video-links and social media.


ACUR-logo2The Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research is held each year in different universities on an ongoing basis. ACUR aims to build on the highly successful Australasian Undergraduate Research Conferences convened in 2012 and 2013 at Macquarie University, in 2014 at the Australian National University, 2015 at The University of Western Australia and 2016 at CQUniversity Australia (Rockhampton). ACUR 2017 will take place on September 27th-28th at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.


BCUR-LOGO-Final-copyThe British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) The British Conference of Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research in all disciplines. The Conference meets annually every Spring in a different British university. Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances to the Conference. Abstracts are peer-reviewed and those accepted will be invited to attend the conference. Conference fees are usually paid by the student’s own university. BCUR also accepts submissions from students outside of the UK. The call for papers is usually published in the autumn. BCUR was founded in 2010 and held its first conference in 2011 at the University of Central Lancashire.  BCUR 2017 was held on April 25-26th, 2017. 



Articles from CUR Quarterly

Rachel Spronken-Smith (2017-), Dean, Graduate Research School, University of Otago, NZ
Helen Walkington (2017-), Principal Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Mick Healey (2009-16), Professor Emeritus, University of Gloucestershire, Healey HE Consultants, UK
Alan Jenkins (2009-16), Professor Emeritus, Oxford Brookes University, UK
The CUR Quarterly archive provides open access to all articles published in the International Desk of the CUR Quarterly. This journal is based in the United States, but the International Desk provides perspectives from outside the United States on innovative/important international developments in undergraduate research and inquiry. For links to the full articles, please use the navigation bar on the left side of the screen or visit the International Perspectives archives.

International Membership Options

CUR offers memberships to both individuals and institutions.  Please see the membership page for a full listing of benefits.
To encourage international members to join, we offer the following membership discounts:
Individual Membership - $37.50 (50% discount)
Institutional Membership
North American institutions (outside the U.S.) - $625 ($200 discount)
International institutions (outside North America) - $425 ($400 discount)
All international members receive the CUR Quarterly in electronic format only.
To join, please use the applicable hard copy form and send to the CUR National Office. 

Pre-ISSOTL Seminar

CUR often co-sponsors a Seminar on International Perspectives in Undergraduate Research at the ISSOTL conference each year.  This event is organized in conjunction with the ISSOTL Advancing Undergraduate Research Special Interest Group.

For ISSOTL 2015, which was held in Melbourne, Australia, on October 27-30, CUR elected not to create a special preconference opportunity, but was accepted to offer a symposium on assessment practices in undergraduate research during the conference.  For more information concerning ISSOTL 2015, please see:  http://www.issotl.com/issotl15/.

Materials from past ISSOTL Preconference Seminars:

Loyola Marymount University (California) on October 12, 2016

Laval University on October 22, 2014

Raleigh Convention Center on October 2, 2013

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on October 24, 2012

Milwaukee, USA on October 19, 2011

Liverpool, UK 2010


Research Skills Development Webinar

In September 2010, an international conversation was held to discuss how we help undergraduate students to initiate research. Topics discussed were how others inspire students and employ discipline-appropriate ways to build their skills around identifying researchable gaps, clarifying directions, framing research questions, posing hypotheses or determining aims.

Please use the links below to access the archived materials from this webinar:

PowerPoint Presentation


International Resources

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