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Every year, each of the 13 CUR divisions create an action plan in support of the CUR strategic plan.  Many of those plans include awards for both mentors and students, to support research projects, provide funding for conference presentations, and to honor exemplary mentoring.

The following are the calls that are currently open:

Arts and Humanities Student Scholarship
The Arts and Humanities Division of CUR requests applications for the Student Scholarship Award. This division is offering four $300 scholarships to support undergraduate student research and creative inquiry projects at any stage of development up to and including presentation. Two $300 awards will be given out to primarily Spring 2022 projects followed by the final two $300 awards to primarily Summer or Fall 2022 projects. 

Deadline to apply for round one is December 3, 2021; round two is March 30, 2022. 

Health Science Innovative Mentor Award
This awards honor exceptional mentors in higher education across all subdivisions of health sciences.  This Award is for mentors but not for classroom teaching. Mentors are leaders and role models for undergraduate research, scholarship, creative activities, or innovative projects. Health science disciplines focus on the core curriculum of health, wellness, disease, health care, or health management. In addition to traditionally considered health science disciplines, kinesiology, counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology are also considered part of health sciences.

Deadline to apply is December 31, 2021.

Health Science NCUR Presentation Award
This award covers the cost of registration (up to $140) for undergraduate students in the health sciences presenting original research at NCUR2022@home

Deadline to apply is December 31, 2021.

Physics and Astronomy Nadine Barlow Undergraduate Research Support Award
The Physics and Astronomy Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research requests applications for the Nadine Barlow Undergraduate Research Support Award. In memory of CURPA Councilor Nadine Barlow, a limited number of Undergraduate Research Support Awards (URSA), with a maximum amount of $500 each, will be offered to help undergraduates (1) conduct faculty-mentored research, (2) present their research at national conferences, or (3) publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2022.

Social Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award
This award recognizes an outstanding mentor of undergraduate research in the social sciences who supports, encourages, and promotes a positive and inclusive scholarly and teaching environment for undergraduate students, as well as contributes to professional and personal development of students inside and outside of the classroom. The awardee will receive $100 and a plaque, and will be featured in the CUR Social Sciences Division's newsletter.

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

Social Sciences Undergraduate Conference Awards
Offering a limited number of grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate Social Science students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting (in person or virtually) during the academic year 2021-2022. In addition, two awards will be set aside for students attending an international conference. If they are not used, they will be given to students on the waiting list.

Rolling Deadline.

Psychology Mid-Career Mentoring Award
The Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for a Mid-Career Mentoring Award. This award is for a CUR Psychology Division member who has influenced undergraduate research through their own research, through scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates, and/or through demonstrated leadership activities. The award consists of $500.00. In addition, the profile and accomplishments of the award winner will be featured on the Psychology Division’s website.

Deadline to apply is CURRENTLY CLOSED.

Psychology Undergraduate Student Research and Presentation  Award
The CUR Psychology Division is offering a limited number of research (e.g., supplies or expenses) or presentation (travel/conference registration) awards for undergraduate students conducting original psychological research (up to $400 per project).

Deadline to apply is CURRENTLY CLOSED.


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

All students, faculty, mentors, organizations, and institutions honored with becoming a part of the CUR award recipient community, you have the professional and ethical responsibility to maintain the highest professional conduct standards and embody the CUR Code of Ethics for Undergraduate Research in your words, actions, and deeds. In addition, all participants are expected to abide by the CUR Code of Conduct. Expectations for awardees are to show courtesy and civility in both their personal and professional communications while forever representing CUR and the distinguished honor of the specific award rewarded. One must conduct oneself in a manner both professional and ethical.