The Engineering Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for its mentoring and leadership awards.  The mentoring awards are granted annually but only presented at the CUR Biennial Conference 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) - 
    1. awarded annually but recognized biannually
  2. Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (URMA) - 
    1. awarded annually but recognized biannually
  3. Leadership in Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) - 
    1. awarded biannually

Please submit all application materials online by January 31, 2021.  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

In sum, award winners are leaders and role models for a broad range of faculty and students.    

The deadline for all nominations is January 31; annually for mentoring awards and in even years for the leadership award.  Winners are notified in the year they apply; all awards are presented at the CUR Biannual Conference; winners need not be present to receive the award. Award winners will be  asked to create a short (3-min.) video presentation to highlight best practices and inspire others to grow UR within the engineering field.

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. Two student letters, addressed to the nominator (1-page maximum per letter)
  4. Administrator letter of support (1-page maximum)


Review Process

Review committee will consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 CUR engineering councilors or prior councilors. Reviews will be completed by April 1, and recipients will be notified by April 15 via email.

Awards will be composed of an appropriately inscribed certificate and presented at the CUR Biennial Conference.

Questions may be addressed to the chair of EDAS David Bahr,