The Council on Undergraduate Research needs motivated and energetic members to serve as Councilors and Board Members. This is an important leadership opportunity that will give you and your institution a voice at the national level. Available positions for CUR's Executive Board will be announced in late October.
How to Run for CUR Councilor:
Councilors are a crucial link between the organization and its members, helping to set policy; design and coordinate programs, workshops, and meetings; and create information resources. Please access the Councilor Handbook for more information about the role and responsibilities.
Councilors are expected to attend the two-day annual business meeting each June. The cost for travel and nominal registration fee are the responsibility of the attendee. Given the value of this opportunity for both the individual and their institution, administrators are usually willing to support the cost of attendance. To help secure administrative support, CUR will send a copy of your election letter to administrators you designate. You can also access a sample letter to ask for support. Typically, Councilors will be asked to represent their division on a task force or committee. Councilors often have opportunities to serve as institute facilitators and coordinators or to serve in other leadership capacities across the organization. Many members of the Executive Board are elected by and from the Councilors.
Each year, at least eight Councilors are elected to each of CUR's divisions. The standard term is three years; thus each division has a maximum of 24 Councilors. When a division has less than 16 returning councilors, it has the opportunity to fill open seats, which results in shorter one- or two-year terms.
Councilors must be current individual members of CUR with a demonstrated commitment to CUR’s goals and who have the time and interest to serve the larger CUR community. CUR also welcomes those that are new to the organization to run for Councilor. New members should establish their membership prior to accessing the nomination form.
It is the Council’s goal that the nominees fully represent the undergraduate research community and so attention is paid to diversity with respect to institutional type, area of specialization, identity, and geographic location. The Nominations Committee members will be glad to answer any questions you may have about CUR and the responsibilities of Councilors.
- The nominations submission is a self-nomination. If you would like to recommend someone to be considered, please refer them to this page or send their contact information to the Nominations Committee representative for that division.
- Ensure your membership is current. The membership requirement can be either through a paid individual membership or as a representative on an institutional or enhanced membership. New CUR members should establish their membership first to enable access to the nomination form. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Robin Howard.
- Review your membership profile for accuracy and completion.
- Submit the biographical information via the online form. (See links below) This information will appear on the ballot. You may save your submission and come back at any time. Partial submissions will not be reviewed. Please be sure to submit your nomination by 11:59pm EST, November 15, 2020.
Vetting and Election Process:
- The nomination form consists of questions about your past-participation in undergraduate research. Some questions are optional. Each division sets the required questions for accepting a nominee to appear on the divisional ballot. If there are any questions regarding your nomination during the divisional vetting process, you will be contacted by the nominations committee member from your division.
- Accepted nominations will appear on a ballot that will be sent to all members of the division in January. Ballots must be cast by January 31, 2021.
- All nominees will be notified of their election status by mid-February.
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Please double check your membership status by visiting your profile. You may have a balance due, or need to otherwise update or create your membership. Please contact us if you need assistance identifying your membership.
Listen in to our CUR Conversation with Kraig Wheeler, CUR's Nominations Committee Chair, as he discusses what it takes to be a CUR Councilor and things to consider when filling out the application.
Submission Links by Division: