Learning Through Research

Mentor Network

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Mentor Network matches individuals seeking information about starting, sustaining, or re-initiating undergraduate research programs to experienced, tenured CUR faculty. Those requesting mentors may be newly hired faculty as well as graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. Established faculty who are interested in starting or restarting a research program or moving in a new direction, may also request a mentor. For interested faculty, a list of possible mentors will be provided based on mentoring needs, discipline, institutional similarities, and/or regional proximity depending on the individual’s preferences. Please note that the individual requesting a mentor must be a CUR individual member.
Please see the available disciplines below. Send your contact information, a brief description of your research interests, and your intended goals via email to the appropriate mentor network liaison listed below. He/she will identify two to four prospective mentors and will send information on the prospective mentors to you. You may then choose the mentor that seems to fit your needs most effectively and contact the mentor directly to define the mentoring relationship.
The mentor can provide information in a variety of areas, from simple discussion of the kinds of projects that are often successful with undergraduate students, to the selection of appropriate funding agencies, to review of preliminary grant proposals. For graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, the mentor can review letters of application for positions, teaching statements, and statements of research interests. The person requesting a mentor must be a CUR member; there are reduced membership rates for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars.

Available Disciplines:

Chemistry: Kim Frederick (kfreder1@skidmore.edu)
Geoscience and Physical Geography: Laura Guertin (uxg3@psu.edu)
Physics and Astronomy: Beth Cunningham (bcunningham@aapt.org)
Psychology: Sarah Johnson (skjohnson@moravian.edu)
Administrators/Undergraduate Research Programs: Sandra Gregerman (sgreger@umich.edu)
CUR members interested in mentoring in any of the above divisions may also contact the individuals above. Mentors in other disciplines may contact Robin Howard at robin@cur.org.