The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is to support and promote high-quality mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. CUR provides support and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
CUR publications and outreach activities are designed to share strategies for establishing, nurturing, and institutionalizing undergraduate research programs. Faculty, staff, administrators, students, and colleagues from all types of academic institutions and organizations form the dynamic CUR community.
CUR expanded the council’s definition of undergraduate research and creative inquiry to reflect the broader scope of this high-impact practice and highlight the role of mentorship in student-oriented outcomes.
Undergraduate Inquiry Redefined:
"Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry is fundamentally a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. With an emphasis on process, CUR defines undergraduate research as: A mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge."
Dr. Jeanne Mekolichick, CUR President:
“Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry enriches undergraduate education and helps students achieve their academic and career goals through the critical skills they gain and sharpen through these experiences.”