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 Division of Arts and Humanities is offering four $300 scholarships to support undergraduate student research and creative inquiry projects at any stage of development up to and including presentation. The goal of this funding is to encourage diverse, innovative, and engaged UR in the disciplines defined by CUR as arts and humanities.

The second and final round of funding for 2020-2021 is due March 15, and is primarily for Summer or Fall 2021 projects.

Biology Mentor Award

The CUR Biology Division Mentor Awards honor biology mentors for their long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate research (UGR) students. Individuals may be self-nominated or be nominated by CUR Institutional or Institutional-Enhanced members, individual CUR members of the Biology Division, or the mentor's research students. Faculty mentoring interdisciplinary projects are eligible as long as such projects involve a major biological component. Awards will be made in three categories: Early Career, Mid-Career, and Advanced Career. 

The deadline for student nomination emails is February 1, 2021; the deadline for student nomination letters is March 1, 2021.  The deadline for self-nomination and nominations by colleagues is March 1, 2021.

Engineering Division Mentor Award

The Engineering Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for our mentoring and leadership awards.  The mentoring awards are granted annually, but only presented at the biennial Conference to mentors who have influenced undergraduate research through direct mentoring of individuals or groups of undergraduate students in engineering research.  The leadership award are solicited bi-annually and are meant to recognize sustained leadership in engaging engineering students in research activities.  

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Physics and Astronomy Division 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: April 9, 2021

Social Sciences Division Undergraduate Conference Presentation Awards

The Social Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate 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 2020-2021.

Awards issued on a rolling basis.

Social Sciences Division Outstanding Mentor Award

Each year, the CUR Social Sciences Division awards a competitive Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences (EMURSS) 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: March 1, 2021.