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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 3, 2017 is Undergraduate Research Week.

Showcase what you are doing for Undergraduate Research Week!

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 submit@cur.org.

Visit the CUR Community

Post a question, share an answer, or upload a resource in the brand new CUR Community, a members-only online forum.

Connect with us on Twitter

Building upon the past couple 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, #URW2017. Some suggestions for what to post are found below:
  • The thing I value most about UR is X #URW2017
  • Thanks to my UR advisor Dr. X for teaching me Y and Z #URW2017
  • Congratulations to my students X, Y, and Z who presented at ABC conference this year! #URW2017
  • I presented my research at X conference this year! #URW2017
  • My research was published in X journal this year! #URW2017
  • Congratulations to my student, X, who will be attending graduate school at Y institution next year. #URW2017
  • Thank you to X University/College for giving me an opportunity to do undergraduate research #URW2017
  • X University/College had Y students participate in Undergraduate Research/NCUR/Conferences this year! #URW2017
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!

Upcoming Undergraduate Research Weeks

Undergraduate Research Week 2018 will be celebrated April 9-13, 2018.  Undergraduate Research Week 2019 will be April 8-12, 2019. 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. 


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.

Posters on the Hill

CapitolAs the second day of Undergraduate Research Week gets underway, we’d like to highlight the upcoming Posters on the Hill (POTH), CUR’s signature student advocacy event held in partnership with the American Chemical Society. Accompanied by their faculty mentors, 60 exceptional undergraduates will share their research on April 25-26 with Members of Congress, congressional staff, and federal government officials, as well as highlighting the value of federal investment in undergraduate research. At the POTH reception on April 26, CUR will present the Honorary CUR Fellows Award to 2006 POTH participant Sarah Caudill, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Caudill contributed to the discovery of gravitational waves through the Caltech-MIT Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

NCUR_Logo_FINALCUR’s largest annual student event, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, will kick off tomorrow at the University of Memphis during Undergraduate Research Week! The event will host more than 4,000 undergraduate researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, disciplines, and regions. Students will present unique research through oral and poster presentations, attend a graduate school recruitment fair, network with faculty and peers, and explore all that Memphis has to offer. Two optional special sessions from the Student Programs Task Force will discuss an exciting opportunity: the new CUR Student Ambassador Program.

To checkout all things NCUR, or to post about your experience, be sure to follow us on social media!

NCUR 2017 webpage: https://www.cur.org/ncur_2017/


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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