Now Accepting Applications for Engineering Division Mentor Award

The Engineering Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for its mentoring and leadership awards.  The Engineering Mentoring and Leadership awards are granted annually to mentors who have influenced undergraduate research through direct mentoring of individuals or groups of undergraduate students in engineering research.  The leadership awards are solicited biannually and are meant to recognize sustained leadership in engaging engineering students in research activities.  

  1. Early-Career Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (ECURMA) – awarded annually but recognized biannually
  2. Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (URMA) – awarded annually but recognized biannually
  3. Leadership in Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) – awarded biannually

Application materials were due by May 15, 2023. 
Please upload all nomination materials as one combined PDF, 16MB maximum file size.


Award Criteria

Mentoring awardees
 play a major role in advancing undergraduate research in engineering by promoting discipline-specific activities that may include the following:

  • Demonstrating a strong track record of scholarly products (e.g., journal articles, conference publications/presentations, posters, book chapters) involving undergraduates  
  • Providing mentorship to undergraduate researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds and identities
  • Supporting students in their efforts to disseminate their research
  • Encouraging or supporting students to gain broader research opportunities (e.g., internships, REU programs, graduate programs)

Leadership awardees play a major role in advancing undergraduate research in engineering by 

  • Spearheading efforts to institutionalize undergraduate research on their campuses (e.g., curricular initiatives, program development) and across the nation
  • Securing support for student research activities
  • Initiating or operating faculty mentoring programs to support undergraduate research
  • Recognizing and utilizing undergraduate research as a tool to promote diversity and inclusion

Nominee Eligibility

  • Membership in CUR is encouraged but not required for mentoring award nominees.
  • Membership in CUR is required for leadership award nominees.
  • Nominees for the ECURMA should be pretenure or, in the case of non-tenure track positions, have less than 6 years in current position.
  • Administrator letter of support must be from the nominee’s current institution.
  • All awards are open to tenure-track, non-tenure track, and staff members. 

No self-nominations are allowed.  The nominator does not need to be from the nominee’s current institution; however, the administrator letter of support must be from the current institution. Nomination materials should address the criteria listed above and may also elaborate on the CUR Strategic Plan.

Nomination Process 
Applications should be compiled into one pdf package containing the following items.  Submit nomination materials online as one PDF, 16MB maximum file size.

  1. Nomination letter (2 pages maximum)
  2. Abbreviated CV (3 pages maximum); indicate undergraduate coauthors or presenters if applying for the mentoring award and highlight appropriate activities associated with the leadership award
  3. Letters
    1. For Mentoring Awards: Two student letters that show the impact of mentoring, addressed to the nominator (1-page maximum per letter)
    2. For Leadership Awards: Two recommendation letters from either students or faculty impacted by the candidate’s activities, addressed to the nominator (1-page maximum per letter).
  4. Administrator letter of support (1-page maximum)

Review Process
The review committee will consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 CUR engineering councilors or prior councilors. Recipients will be notified by June 30, 2023, via email.

If you have any questions, please contact

Please note that all CUR award recipients are responsible for any and all applicable
tax obligations associated with receipt of the award.

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.