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Council on Undergraduate Research

Kent State University is an Institutional Member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. CUR Institutional Members strengthen the base of support for CUR's programs and activities.

Institutional membership is designed to assist colleges and universities with their continued development and support of undergraduate research. Membership not only offers opportunities for faculty professional development and institutional enhancement, but also provides direct institutional support for CUR's government relations efforts. Institutional membership verifies administrative commitment to and support of undergraduate research, and facilitates dialogue and networking between administrators and faculty. This membership type includes three individual memberships.

About the Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research, founded in 1978, is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing more than 900 colleges and universities.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research, and students succeed in their studies and professional advancement through participation in undergraduate research. CUR’s leadership works with agencies and foundations to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students. CUR provides support for faculty, administrator, and student development. Our publications and outreach activities are designed to share successful models and strategies for establishing and institutionalizing undergraduate research programs. We assist administrators and faculty members in improving and assessing the research environment at their institutions. CUR also provides information on the importance of undergraduate research to state legislatures, private foundations, government agencies, and the U.S. Congress. CUR welcomes as members faculty, staff, and students from all types of academic institutions.

CUR achieves its vision through efforts of its membership as organized in a divisional structure that includes arts and humanities, biology, chemistry, education, engineering, geosciences, health sciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences, an at-large division that serves administrators and other disciplines, and a division for directors of undergraduate research programs.

Definition of Undergraduate Research: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.