Learning Through Research

Is CUR right for you?

Is CUR the right organization for you?


New Faculty Members

Get help getting started in research with undergraduates.

  • Use CUR’s mentoring services, meetings and publications for advice on how to set up your program to incorporate undergraduates.
  • Ask questions of senior faculty presenters at CUR’s national meetings.
  • Ask questions of administrators whom you meet at CUR meetings --- questions that you’d not dare to ask your own dean!
  • Develop your network of colleagues across disciplines and within your own division.
  • Read about models of successful careers in the CUR Quarterly.
  • Learn how to balance research, teaching and service with home life from those who have done it.

Meet the challenges of evaluation.

  • Learn how to work with department chairs, and how to accept and grow from their assessment/evaluations.
  • Learn what may be expected of you for promotion and tenure --- including unwritten rules and guides.
  • Find out how you can use and benefit from student evaluations.

Develop stable funding.

  • Have CUR colleagues critique your first independent grant proposal through our mentorship program.
  • Use CUR’s online resources, CUR Community, and publications to identify funding opportunities.
  • Find CUR members with similar research interests that may lead to broader, more interdisciplinary research directions.
  • Attend CUR’s Proposal Writing Institute with a team from your school.
  • Attend CUR Dialogues to learn more about funding opportunities.
Improve your effectiveness with students.
  • Use CUR’s models for research-active teaching and learning.
  • Help your students make effective oral and poster presentations --- try them out at CUR-sponsored events.
  • Learn how to work effectively with colleagues and students to implement research-based educational reforms in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well as in the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • Hear from colleagues at other institutions what motivates diverse students to stay involved in research.
  • Learn how to adapt your research to involve undergraduates, and how to help undergraduates find their own research problems.

Develop leadership skills.

  • Become a CUR Speaker.
  • Volunteer for other activities.
  • Observe other CUR members in a leadership capacity.
  • Find mentors who can help you develop new skills in working with colleagues.


Tenured Faculty Members

Expand your professional options.

  • Participate in CUR’s "The Vital Faculty" Institute for tenured faculty.
  • Network with senior CUR members to learn of opportunities for career advancement at other campuses and in administration.
  • Talk with others about balancing increasing administrative duties with teaching and research.
  • Meet CUR faculty in other disciplines with whom you might develop new interdisciplinary research thrusts.
  • Demonstrate your leadership qualities by organizing a CUR activity, or participating in our fundraising for undergraduate fellowships.
  • Learn how to institutionalize undergraduate research by attending CUR’s Institute on this topic. Take home a plan ready to implement.
  • Participate with a team from your institution in CUR’s Proposal Writing Institute.

Give back to your profession.

  • Mentor new faculty and graduate students who share your interests in undergraduate research.
  • Participate in CUR’s government relations/science policy program to insure that funding opportunities for faculty and students will be available in the future.
  • Use your experience to write articles and give presentations at CUR meetings to help others do research with undergraduates.
  • Become a CUR Councilor. You will help CUR and hone your leadership skills for use on your own campus.


Arts and Humanities Faculty, Staff, and Administration

"What can CUR offer humanities faculty? Since "undergraduate research" (just as "faculty scholarship") is defined differently in different disciplinary contexts, CUR’s Arts & Humanities Division addresses the distinct needs of faculty in those fields—in our CUR Institute (Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities), publications (Creative Inquiry in the Arts & Humanities: Models of Undergraduate Research and a more comprehensive book forthcoming that has a chapter on each discipline plus a chapter on General Education/Core courses—2014), CUR conference sessions, business meetings, and NCUR participation."
Jenny Shanahan, CUR Councilor, Director of Undergraduate Research, Bridgewater State University
     Activities of the CUR’s Arts & Humanities Division (Shanahan, 2013)
     Advocates for inclusive CUR programs that develop the research skills, methods, and learning outcomes that take place outside of laboratories—in library stacks, archives, studios, theatres, museums, and other sites in the community;
     plans strategies for engaging faculty mentors and students from every discipline in undergraduate research and creative scholarship opportunities;
     addresses the reasons that students majoring in the arts and humanities are notably underrepresented in many institutions’ UR programs—namely, "research" defined too narrowly--and makes the case that, given the tremendous benefits of UR for all students, we simply cannot afford to leave out entire departments and schools;
     provides a rich array of disciplinarily appropriate models of UR in the arts and humanities (this part is invaluable!);
     defines UR as the student scholarship that is conducted in any discipline, since notions of "research" often inadvertently leave out what scholars in non-science disciplines do;
     identifies how faculty in fields with a norm of solitary scholarship might include undergraduates in their work (including through the digital humanities);
     explains how (for those without arts experience) student projects in the creative arts can/should be evaluated as scholarly work.
     Arts and Humanities Division Travel Awards

Department Chairs and Deans

Find new ideas to improve your department, Division, or School.

  • Come to CUR meetings to participate in dialogues with faculty and administrators outside of the constraints of your own campus internal politics and sometimes-restrictive lines of authority.
  • Get information that will serve as a benchmark for your institution’s goals.
  • Learn ways to support the integration of research and teaching in your department and on your campus.
  • Learn how to nurture research and communications between departments.
  • Learn how to support your faculty to increase their productivity as they do research with undergraduates.
  • Use CUR’s resources to receive information on funding opportunities for institutional goals such as department-wide reforms, as well as funding for individual faculty research in your department.
  • Disseminate your successes in undergraduate research to your colleagues.

Share your successes and troubleshoot your problems.

  • Network with colleagues from other parts of the country with similar problems.
  • Take teams from your campus to CUR’s Institutes on How to Institutionalize Undergraduate Research, the Vital Faculty, Proposal Writing, and Mentorship, Collaboration and Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Learn about other faculty or administrators who are seeking (or are suitable for) new appointments in order to nominate research-supporting individuals for administrative posts on your campus.
  • Learn how to reach out to the public and policymakers to get buy-in for undergraduate research.
  • Learn how others have developed local funding for undergraduate research programs.
  • Learn about dissemination of undergraduate research through legislative poster sessions, undergraduate journals, and seminars.
  • Publish the successes at your institution in the CUR Quarterly and gain recognition for your institution.

Gain access to Funders and Policymakers.

  • Come to CUR’s April Dialogue to meet program officers of federal funding programs and federal science and education policymakers.
  • Take advantage of CUR’s Consultants Program for departmental or divisional reviews.
  • Gain access to speakers for faculty meetings who can address issues related to undergraduate research.
  • Have a voice and an ear in Washington via the CUR National Office and the Executive Officer.
  • Gain national exposure for your school by having your students participate in the "Posters on the Hill" program. This is an opportunity for senators and representatives to view the work of the undergraduates and faculty at your institution.


Grants Officers and Undergraduate Research Coordinators

Let CUR help you do your job.

  • Gain access to CUR’s notices on grants opportunities
  • Learn how to institutionalize undergraduate research by attending CUR’s Institute on this topic. Take home a plan ready to implement.
  • Participate with a team from your institution in CUR’s Proposal Writing Institute.

Expand your network of contacts.

  • Meet colleagues who are also engaged in energizing a faculty to do research with undergraduates.
  • Expand your contacts to presidents, faculty, and supporters of undergraduate research at other institutions.
  • Participate in the CUR Community to ask specific questions of your colleagues.
  • Attend CUR meetings and read CUR publications to hear of good practices and to develop resources for benchmarking at your institution.


Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellows

Find out if teaching at undergraduate institutions is right for you.

  • Learn about the culture of undergraduate institutions.
  • Talk to others who have made career choices that you are about to make.
  • Use CUR’s networking opportunities for personal contacts to gain insight about departments where you hope to have a job interview.
  • Visit undergraduate campuses while attending CUR Conferences.

Improve your teaching/research skills and marketability.

  • Gain access to resources on the latest pedagogies.
  • Find research colleagues.
  • Learn how to jump-start a research program that incorporates undergraduates.
  • Learn about funding opportunities.
  • Have CUR colleagues critique your first independent grant proposal and your manuscripts through our mentorship program.

Get help finding jobs at undergraduate institutions.

  • Learn what undergraduate colleges are looking for in new faculty hires.
  • Find contacts among faculty members and Deans at undergraduate institutions.
  • Get advice on resumes and writing letters of application.


 President or Chancellor: Institutional Membership in CUR

Gain visibility for your campus among your peers and the public.

  • Enhance the status, prestige and visibility of your school as a publicly acknowledged proponent of undergraduate research.

Promote Long-term Opportunity for Undergraduate Institutions

  • Support CUR’s effort to gain public appreciation of the value of undergraduate research.
  • Support CUR’s effort to gain policymakers’ attention to undergraduate research needs.
  • Support CUR’s effort to encourage policymakers to include undergraduate faculty and administrators on national boards and committees.
  • Support CUR in its efforts to increase national programs and funding for faculty and undergraduate student research.
  • Support CUR’s information-gathering efforts.

Create a culture of excellence in STEM education and faculty development on your campus.

  • Support an intellectually vibrant climate with informed, active faculty and engaged students.
  • Find out how your institution can engage the local community in supporting undergraduate research.
  • Form better alliances with other players (government, industry, K-12 schools)