CUR is able to fulfill its mission because of our volunteers! Are you passionate about undergraduate research? Would you like to get more involved? If so, hear are the leadership opportunities we have available.
Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Editor-in-Chief
  • Seeking next Editor-in-Chief for SPUR. We are looking for a leader and scholar in the undergraduate research community with a broad understanding of the evolving discipline. The Editor is responsible for the content of the journal. Read the full position description and call details here. 
  • CUR Conversations: CUR Conversations are informal, intimate discussions based on hot topics that our members have requested. We are always looking for volunteer facilitators to contribute their time for a one-hour chat on a topic that they feel is close to their wheel-house. If interested in facilitating a conversation, please email

Five In Five Video or Blog Submission

  • Video or Blog Submission Contribute to our 'Five in Five' series. 'Five in Five' was set up to bring answers, make connections, and support the community. We take five questions or tips and put them into a five-minute clip for our community to listen to and learn from. Have you converted an in-person event to a virtual event? How did you do it? Have you written a book? Let us hear the teaser. Have you mentored and have advice? Sum it up in 5 steps. Have other great resources or things you feel the community would like to hear about? Let's connect. Email the CUR Membership Team.

Publications Volunteer Positions

  • Want to Review Manuscripts for SPUR? The success of CUR's academic journal Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) lies in the many dedicated individuals who serve in various roles for the journal. Especially crucial are those who review manuscripts for the journal. If you are interested in serving as a SPUR reviewer, please email and indicate areas of expertise (e.g., assessment). Of special interest are those with experience in qualitative/quantitative methods. 
  • Interested in Reviewing Books for SPUR? Please contact SPUR Book Review Editor, Nicholas J. Rowland, and indicate areas of interest for book reviewing. Potential books for review can also be suggested. 

Institutional Volunteer Positions

  • Institutional Liaison The CUR Institutional Liaisons provide a personal link between CUR and their home institution. They keep their home institution aware of the "goings on" of CUR, promote CUR memberships among their colleagues, and keep CUR informed of the needs and interests of their colleagues so that CUR programs can evolve to meet these needs. Unsure if your school has a liaison? Email the CUR Membership Team.
  • Spotlight a Student or your Institution Send in your research stories that highlight student projects and presentations, curricula changes that integrate undergraduate research, innovations in institutional culture that support undergraduate research, and other related pieces regarding undergraduate research.  Let us celebrate you. Find out more>>
  • Nominate a Student or Colleague for an Award CUR recognizes institutions that have exemplary programs providing high-quality research experiences to undergraduates, as well as faculty facilitating undergraduate research at their institutions through their mentorship and leadership and student support for research projects and funding for conference presentations.  Find out more>>

Divisional Volunteer Positions

  • Award Nominations Review PanelEach of CUR’s awards are reviewed by a panel of reviewers, often in a multi-stage process. Typically these panels consist of a combination of award committee members, CUR Councilors, and subject-matter experts.To express interest in serving on a committee or as a reviewer, please contact your division chair. Division Councilors.
  • Program Reviewer or CUR Consultant Members are welcome to submit their CV to serve as program reviewers or CUR Consultants. Program reviewers visit campuses to perform traditional departmental or divisional reviews, providing reports for departments or administrations. Reviewers can also arrange reviews of particular programs or help with the implementation of one. CUR Consultants serve in a variety of capacities ranging from one-time plenary speakers to consultants offering long-term mentorship for large-scale projects. If you are interested in serving in this role, please contact CUR Program Review Services or CUR Consulting Services.
  • CUR Institute Facilitator or Coordinator Facilitators at CUR institutes typically make one or more presentations in a content area of the institute and work with small groups to facilitate the development of the product of the institute (e.g., a strategic plan or a proposal). Facilitators assist and coordinate with the coordinator of the institute in developing presentation materials, handouts, and other aspects of the institute curriculum. Facilitators are expected to follow the established curriculum of the institute as well as bring their own particular expertise. They may participate in conference calls prior to and after the institute to plan and evaluate the institute. They may also participate, if asked by the coordinator, in the selection of participants for the institute. In some cases, facilitators may be asked to perform some follow-up activities with institute participants. The Coordinator manages the team of facilitators to ensure the curriculum is finalized, arranges all conference calls, manages the review process of applications, and uses the survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the institute. If you are interested in serving in either of these roles, please contact Heather Wakefield.
  • CUR Conference Workshop Organizer Are you interested in organizing a workshop to be held at a CUR Conference? Be sure to subscribe to CUR E-News on your account profile to learn about each call for proposals.

General Council Volunteer Positions

  • CUR Executive Board Member A dedicated group of professionals with extensive expertise in higher education and undergraduate research leads CUR and shaping its strategic priorities. Please contact the Nominations Vetting Committee Chair to express interest in running for election or wish to nominate another individual.
  • CUR Councilor CUR Councilors are the governing board of our organization. This is an important leadership opportunity that gives CUR members and their institution a voice at the national level. Councilors help set policy and create programs and workshops for the organization. The call for self-nominations is issued each fall, and elections are held in the spring. Councilors are elected to serve within their division for three-year terms.  They are expected to attend the annual business meeting in June.  Travel and registration fees for these meetings are the responsibility of the individual, and support is normally expected from their home institution.  (Access a sample letter to ask for support from your administration.) Please contact the Nominations Committee representative for your division if have questions about running for election or wish to nominate another individual. Run for Election >>
  • CUR Committee and Task Force Leaders Division Chair or the chair of the committee on which you wish to serve. 
Contact the CUR Membership Team for more information about volunteer opportunities.