Associate Professor of Psychology Will Serve as a Council Representative
Sarah K. Johnson—associate professor in the Department of Psychology/Neuroscience at Moravian College in Pennsylvania—has been elected to the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Representing CUR’s Psychology Division, Johnson will begin a three-year term on the board in summer 2021.
Johnson earned her BA in psychology with honors at Bucknell University and her PhD in cognitive psychology from Temple University. She has mentored 50 students in independent research projects and more than 320 students in course-based undergraduate research projects. Her CUR roles have included vice-chair of the CUR Psychology Division (2015–2020), chair of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research Oversight Committee (2017–present), and member of the Student Programs Task Force (2018–2020).
Said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer, “Dr. Johnson’s substantial involvement in student-centered initiatives has provided great benefits to CUR in student outreach. As a longtime faculty member at a primarily undergraduate institution, Dr. Johnson will bring an important perspective to the board that reflects the unique strengths of these institutions in advancing undergraduate research.”
Said Johnson, “I am excited to be a part of the CUR Executive Board as we all face the ‘new normal’ together. CUR has been exceptionally important in shaping how I approach UR in my own work and programmatically at my institution. I look forward to helping envision how, in these changing times, CUR can continue to be a resource and an inspiration in the lives of many faculty, administrators, and students who are dedicated to advancing undergraduate research.”
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.
Moravian College: Moravian College’s liberal arts education prepares each individual for a reflective life, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Enrolling approximately 2000 undergraduate students and approximately 550 graduate students, it offers more than 55 majors and minors.