The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is an organization that supports and promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. It was founded in 1978, and it consists of institutional, individual, and affiliate members. One of the primary missions of CUR is to provide support and professional development opportunities for faculty and students.
The primary driving force behind CUR is a General Council, which consists of individual member volunteers split into 13 divisions: arts and humanities, at large, biology, chemistry, education, engineering, geosciences, health sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences, and undergraduate research programs. All CUR councilors must attend an Annual Business Meeting, which takes place in the summer. The councilors come together to plan how to implement the CUR strategic plan.
I became involved in undergraduate research in 2016 as part of an REU program in mathematical biology. I have since supervised completed research projects of 20+ undergraduate students, which resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and student conference presentations. In spring 2020, I applied for the election to the CUR General Council, and I officially became a CUR councilor in the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division on July 1, 2020. I am excited about this new community service opportunity, and I am looking forward to contributing my knowledge and expertise to promote undergraduate research.