Davidson College’s Nicole Snyder Elected to CUR Executive Board

Assistant Dean for Research and Creative Works Will Serve as a Council Representative

Nicole Snyder—professor of chemistry and assistant dean for research and creative works at Davidson College (NC)—has been elected to the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Representing CUR’s Chemistry Division, Snyder will begin a three-year term on the board in summer 2021.

Snyder earned her BS in chemistry and BS in biology cum laude from Westminster College (PA) and her PhD in bioorganic chemistry from the University of Connecticut. She has mentored or co-mentored nearly 100 undergraduate researchers over the past 15 years. At CUR, she has served as a Councilor in the Chemistry Division since 2016 and as the division’s representative on the Internationalization Task Force.

Said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer, “Dr. Snyder’s staunch commitment to anti-racist practices and policies will be of great benefit to the board as CUR works to fulfill its strategic goal of diversity and inclusion in undergraduate research while operating according to our values. Her leadership roles in the chemistry community will assist CUR in strengthening its connections with colleague organizations.”

Said Snyder, “It is an honor to serve the CUR membership as a member of the Executive Board. CUR members are aware of the transformative impacts of undergraduate research, especially for students from underrepresented groups. I am looking forward to collaborating across CUR and with our partner organizations to strengthen support for national and international undergraduate research opportunities at every level of the curriculum while working with my colleagues to ensure that our best practices reflect the extraordinary work we do and continuing to emphasize inclusive approaches that help all our students achieve their goals.”

Founded in 1978, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) focuses on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity. Among the many activities and networking opportunities that CUR provides, the organization also offers support for the professional growth of faculty and administrators through expert-designed institutes, conferences, and a wide-range of volunteer positions. The CUR community, made up of nearly 700 institutions and 13,000 individuals, continues to provide a platform for discussion and other resources related to mentoring, connecting, and creating relationships centered around undergraduate research. CUR’s advocacy efforts are also a large portion of its work as they strive to strengthen support for undergraduate research. Its continued growth in connections with representatives, private foundations, government agencies, and campuses world-wide provides value to its members and gives voice to undergraduate research. CUR is committed to inclusivity and diversity in all of its activities and our community.

CUR focuses on giving a voice to undergraduate research with learning through doing. It provides connections to a multitude of campuses and government agencies, all while promoting networking and professional growth to its community.

Davidson College: Davidson College is an institution of higher learning established in 1837 by Presbyterians of North Carolina. It enrolls nearly 2000 students, and more than 74 percent of its graduating students pursue internships and research.