Learning Through Research

Undergraduate Research Week

Undergraduate Research Week

On November 16, 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives declared the week of April 11, 2011 as "Undergraduate Research Week". Since that time, each year CUR has designated a week in April as "Undergraduate Research Week".  This year the week of April 13, 2015 is Undergraduate Research Week.

For 2015, the State of Mississippi has declared April 13-17 to be Undergraduate Research Week in Mississippi.  Please click here to see the resolution.

Undergraduate Research Week 2016 will be celebrated during the week of April 11.  Consider planning your celebration days and other special events during this week, and next year be sure to send your event information to Robin Howard at robin@cur.org for inclusion on the event listing website.  You might also write to your local government, such as Governors, County Executives, Mayors, etc to ask them to name this week Undergraduate Research Week for your jurisdiction.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

This year, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is at the heart of Undergraduate Research Week.  The mission of NCUR is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.  This year, the conference will be held at Eastern Washington University from April 16-18, 2015.  Last year, NCUR was held at University of Kentucky, and was the largest NCUR in the event’s history, with more than 4000 registrants. The conference program included a record number of students presenting their research including: creative presentations in oral, poster/exhibit, and performance sessions scheduled across the University of Kentucky campus. In addition, there were presentations by faculty in Faculty Administrator Network (FAN) sessions; a Graduate and Professional School Fair representing programs from across the United States; four plenary/keynote speakers; and social events and excursions.


#URW2015 Hashtag-a-thon

Building upon last years' social media buzz, we encourage you to join us in a hashtag-a-thon throughout the week, by using the Undergraduate Research Week hashtag, #URW2015. Some suggestions for what to post are found below:
  • The thing I value most about UR is X #URW2015
  • Thanks to my UR advisor Dr. X for teaching me Y and Z #URW2015
  • Congratulations to my students X, Y, and Z who presented at ABC conference this year! #URW2015
  • I presented my research at X conference this year! #URW2015
  • My research was published in X journal this year! #URW2015
  • Congratulations to my student, X, who will be attending graduate school at Y institution next year. #URW2015
  • Thank you to X University/College for giving me an opportunity to do undergraduate research #URW2015
  • X University/College had Y students participate in Undergraduate Research/NCUR/Conferences this year! #URW2015
Because many of these might be longer than a standard tweet, we suggest posting to our facebook page. If you’re not already a fan, check it out today!

CUR Publication Sale

To celebrate Undergraduate Research Week CUR is happy to offer discounted pricing on all CUR publications.  The prices are reduced off the member rate, so this is the absolute best time to purchase for members and non-members alike.  Orders must be placed online to receive the discount.  Please visit the online store to see available titles and make your purchase.  Please note that you do not need to login to receive the discounted pricing, but it will expedite your checkout process.  The sale ends May 18, 2015.

Donate to CUR

Please consider making a donation to CUR to further our efforts in supporting undergraduate research.  We greatly appreciate your support of our programs and services.  To donate, please visit our donations page.

Campus Events

CUR has created a listing of special events planned around Undergraduate Research Week. Please view the list of events. To submit your event, please send a two or three sentence statement of the event(s), your campus logo, a link to the press release and/or website, and/or a photograph to robin@cur.org.

Posters on the Hill

CapitolNext week, CUR will host its 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event, held April 22-23 aims to inform members of Congress of the importance of undergraduate research by encouraging them to talk directly with the student researchers. It is increasingly important that the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress who provide funding for research and education have a clear understanding of the programs they fund and why these programs are important. Undergraduate research must be among those programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported.  This year we are especially happy to announce that students will once again be visiting The White House to hear a Young Professional Panel.

Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

The Registry of Undergraduate Researchers is one tool that undergraduate students can use to assist them in their pursuit of a graduate degree. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Currently the Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in nearly all fields.  For more information please visit the registry homepage.

Resources Pages

One of CUR's greatest strengths is our membership base.  Members are always willing to share resources and ideas.  Please check out our new Resources Pages.  These lists are for all undergraduate research practitioners, be they individual faculty, students, or institutions.  The lists are interactive, so we hope that if you know of an additional resource that is not listed, that you will add it using the submission page link at the bottom of each listing.

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