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Nominations are currently closed. Ballots for voting will open on January 27, 2023​. 
 
We need your voice. Serving as a division councilor gives you an opportunity to be directly involved in shaping the future of undergraduate research within your division. Share your voice for driving forward CUR's mission and vision statements while becoming connected to fellow colleagues in the same division. Becoming a division councilor allows you to advocate for issues involving undergraduate research at a different level. You will also be able to use your knowledge and experience to help advance undergraduate research in ways that improve students' lives and makes a difference in the community as a whole. 


The Call for Division Councilors
Each division seeks motivated and energetic members to serve as Councilors. Councilors are a crucial link between the organization and its members, helping to set policy; design and coordinate programs, workshops, and meetings; and create information resources. The Council seeks nominees who fully represent the undergraduate research community, so attention is paid to diversity with respect to institutional type, area of specialization, identity, and geographic location. The Nominations Committee members will be glad to answer any questions you may have about CUR and the responsibilities of Councilors. CUR encourages you to reach out to your division's chair to ask any questions about the activities and involvement in your division. 

What is Expected of a Councilor?
Councilors must be current individual members of CUR with a demonstrated commitment to CUR’s goals and who have the time and interest to serve the larger CUR community. CUR also welcomes those that are new to the organization to run for Councilor. Division Councilors serve a three-year term. Councilors elected during this election cycle will serve a term from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026. Each division has a maximum of 24 Councilors. The number of open positions may vary depending on division.

Division Councilor responsibilities include serving in leadership or programmatic capacities within the division. Councilors will be asked to represent their division in available task force or committee positions within the organization. In addition, Councilors may serve as institute facilitators and coordinators. Many members of the Executive Board are elected by and from the Councilors.

Councilors are expected to attend the two-day annual business meeting each June. The 2023 Annual Business Meeting will be held virtually with no cost, requiring only a time commitment from Division Councilors. Future meetings may be in person and require a cost for travel, which will be the responsibility of the attendee. If elected, CUR can provide a copy of your election letter to administrators you designate to help secure administrative support for your work with CUR and your division.

What is the Process?

  1. CUR division councilor nomination submissions is a self-nomination. Partial submissions will not be reviewed. All nominees will need a current CUR membership to apply. The membership requirement is satisfied through either a paid individual membership or as an activated member through their institutional membership. Nominees must also have declared their primary division within their CUR profile and have all contact information up to date. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Austen Gage
    1. If you would like to recommend someone else to be considered, please refer them to this page or sent their contact information to Austen Gage. 
  2. Nominees submit their nomination information via the online form corresponding to your primary division in the links below. If there are any questions regarding your nomination during the divisional vetting process, you will be contacted by a nominations committee member. Please be sure to submit your nomination by 11:59 PM ET, November 15, 2022. Please prepare answers to the following required application questions prior to beginning the online nomination form (note: all answers must be 300 words or less): 
    1. Keeping in mind CUR's Mission and Strategic Plan, submit how you are positioned to serve on the Council
    2. If you have already served as a Councilor and are seeking re-election, list your service/contributions to CUR, including attendance at the CUR Annual Business Meeting
    3. Please comment your involvement in undergraduate research activities in the context of your institution and its mission
    4. In what professional activities related to undergraduate research have you engaged over the last five years, and in what ways have you or might you promote connections among those who support undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity (URSCA)?
    5. In what ways have you helped promote diversity and inclusion in URSCA?
  3. The Nominations Committee will vet all Division Councilor nominees and submit recommendations for candidates to appear on the ballot. Accepted nominations will appear on a ballot in January 2023 that will be voted on by the CUR membership. All candidates will be notified of their eligibility status by May 1, 2023.

 

Select Your Division to Self-Nominate for CUR Division Councilor
Arts and Humanities
Councilor Openings: 12
At-Large
Councilor Openings: 14
Biology
Councilor Openings: 8
Chemistry
Councilor Openings: 9
Education
Councilor Openings: 19
Engineering
Councilor Openings: 14
Geosciences
Councilor Openings: 9
Health Sciences
Councilor Openings: 12
Mathematical, Computing, and Statistical Sciences
Councilor Openings: 14
Physics and Astronomy
Councilor Openings: 10
Psychology
Councilor Openings: 9
Social Sciences
Councilor Openings: 15
Undergraduate Research Programs
Councilor Openings: 9
 
Nominations are currently closed. Ballots for voting will open on January 27, 2023​. 


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