In 1985, a disciplinary council in physics and astronomy became a formal part of CUR. Physicists Jim Cederberg, David Peak, and John Van Zytveld were responsible for bringing physics to CUR. It was a critical crossroads in the development of CUR as we know it today. The CUR Physics and Astronomy Division has been, and remains, very active in supporting research with undergraduates.
The goals of the division are to support undergraduate research in physics and astronomy by
  • Gathering and sharing information about undergraduate research funding
  • Gathering and sharing information about curricular opportunities
  • Identifying and delivering support services to faculty at both early and advanced career stages as well as departments
  • Encouraging and financially supporting undergraduates traveling to present their research at professional conferences
These goals are accomplished by offering a wide variety of programs, awards, and services to our members a part of a CUR-wide effort to promote undergraduate research. The division advances the mission of CUR by focusing on undergraduate research issues in the areas of physics and astronomy.

Division Activities

The division offers funding and recognition to both undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors:
The following avenues can be used to communicate with CUR Physics and Astronomy Division councilors, members of the division, and/or other people interested in undergraduate research in physics and astronomy:
Physics/Astronomy Research Vignettes
A collection of vignettes from CUR Physics and Astronomy members who have implemented undergraduate research across the curriculum. To view these vignettes, please visit Physics and Astronomy Research Vignettes
Grant and Tenure Portfolio Reviews (a Version of Mentoring Service)
Experienced faculty helping others along - this is the essence of CUR. Contact Beth Cunningham, and she will match you with someone close to your interests, with whom you can discuss job applications, grant applications, tenure documents, or other professional mentoring needs.
American Institute of Physics Affiliated Society
CUR's Physics and Astronomy Division is an AIP Affiliated Society. Division members qualify for reduced subscription prices on AIP's magazines and journals. To learn more, visit the AIP Affiliated Societies Website