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CUR’s committees come together to aid the work of the CUR General Council and support the overall mission of the organization by carrying out specific charges that are necessary to the operation of the organization. Committee membership is a great way for CUR members to share their passion and expertise, build professional networks, gain leadership experience, and help shape the organization. CUR categorizes their committees and task forces as the following: 
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Standing Committees:

These committees are constitutionally mandated by the CUR Constitution and Bylaws. They cannot be modified or sunset without a vote of the Executive Board. They include the following: 

  • Finance Committee 
    • The purpose is to provide guidance and support to the CUR's Executive Board to help ensure the financial health of the organization, and assist the board in achieving CUR's strategic. priorities by monitoring the financial condition and financial strategy of the organization. This committee also works with divisions to manage divisional spending, promote corss-divisional collaboration, and provide updates on the organizational fiscal standing. 
      • National Office Staff Liaison: Pam Dodge
      • Committee Co-Chair: Kristin Picardo, St. John Fisher College
      • Committee Directory
  • Nominations Committee 
    • The purpose is to serve as CUR ambassadors and work with divisions to recruit and cultivate qualified candidates for CUR's elected officials and councilor positions, while ensuring a transparent and fair election process. The committee also works to present a full slate for consideration for review to be included on the ballot.  
      • Executive Board Liaison: Silvia Ronco
      • Committee Chair: Ian MacInnes, Albion College
      • Committee Directory
  • NCUR Oversight Committee (NOC) 
    • The purpose is to ensure the conference offers a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate research student achievement; provides models of exemplary research, scholarship, and creative activity; and offers student career readiness development. Committee members also serve as ambassadors to engage divisions, campuses, and the wider community to make NCUR the premiere student centered UR conference.  
      • Executive Board Liaison: Jeanne Mekolichick
      • Committee Chair: Amy Buddie, Kennesaw State University
      • Committee Directory
 
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Continuing Committees:

These committees are established by the Executive Board and deemed necessary to the ongoing work of CUR. They include the following:

  • Advocacy and Strategic Partnership
    • The purpose of this committee is to communicate and advocate for the vision and mission of CUR to partners and representatives to strengthen shared commitments to the value of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. 
      • National Office Staff Liaison: Lindsay Currie
      • Committee Co-Chairs: Virginia Peterson, Grand Valley State University Della Cronin, Bose Washington Partners
      • Committee Directory
  • Constitution and Bylaws Committee
    • The purpose of this committee is to ensure the governance document aligns with the strategic plan and mission of CUR. At the request of the Executive Board, this committee reviews proposed language, which would then be voted on the Council for acceptance. 
      • National Office Staff Liaison: Lindsay Currie
      • Committee Chair: Kara Loy, University of Calgary
      • Committee Directory
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
    • The purpose of this committee is to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within CUR and among members, encompassing diversity in all its dimensions: race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and others. The committee articulates the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within CUR's goals and guides us to an organizational culture that is strengthened by multiple opinions and perspectives. The committee collaborates across all levels of the organization to promote the goals of DEI among the CUR community. 
      • National Office Staff Liaison: Lindsay Currie
      • Committee Co-Chairs: Michelle Ferrez, University of Michigan - Ann-Arbor | Jessica Salvador, University of Washington
      • Committee Directory
  • Nominations Vetting Committee
    • The purpose of this committee is to review the slate of candidates by vetting applications for adherence to CUR values and ensure the applicants meet the criteria of the call, prepare a final ballot, and execute an election that is transparent and fair. 
      • National Office Staff Liaison: 
      • Committee Chair: Karen Lee, George Mason University
      • Committee Directory
  • Program Review Committee
    • The purpose of this committee is to develop a standard review approach aligned with CUR values and COUER. In addition, the committee identifies and trains reviewers in order to provide a high-quality and consistent experience. 
      • National Office Staff Liaison: Heather Wakefield
      • Committee Chair: Michael Springer, University of Central Oklahoma
      • Committee Directory

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Award Committees:

These committees are established to solicit and review applications for CUR awards and remain anonymous to allow for a fair and ethical process. They include the following: 

  • Arts & Humanities Faculty Mentor Award
    • The purpose of this committee is to solicit nominations and select the awardees.
  • CUR Campus-wide Award for UR Accomplishments (AURA)
    • The purpose of this committee is to review applications and prepare a recommendation for consideration for approval by the Executive Committee of the Executive Board. 
  • CUR Fellows Award
    • The purpose of this committee is to review applications and prepare a recommendation for consideration for approval by the Executive Committee of the Executive Board. 
  • CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award
    • This committee works in collaboration with the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation and the CUR National Office to solicit nominations, reviews, and select awardees. 

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Events & Programming Committees and Leadership Groups:

These committees are established to help support CUR conferences and major events. These committees include the following:

  • Annual Conference Knowledge and Community Building Advisory Group
    • The purpose of this committee is to ensure the annual conference supports professional development, learning, and networking objectives, and aligns with CUR's strategic plan and values. This advisory group will guide development of themes and tracks and identify topics and speakers for the CUR Annual Conference that are suited to the needs of the URSCA community. 
      • National Office Staff Liaison: Heather Wakefield
      • Committee Co-Chairs: Winny Dong, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona | Tim Raines, Emory University
      • Committee Directory
  • Posters on the Hill Review Committee
    • The purpose of this committee is to solicit and review student applications ensuring diversity in representation of accepted presentations for CUR's annual Posters on the Hill advocacy event. 
      • National Office Staff Liaison: Liz Hains
      • Committee Co-Chairs: Michael Jackson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology  | Carol Strong, University of Arkansas Monticello

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