About Us

Over 20 years ago, the value of undergraduate research was articulated to the academic community by a report from the National Science Foundation [1]. Undergraduates engaged in research experiences demonstrate an increase in “understanding, confidence and awareness” [2] and in their ability to “think and work like a scientist” [3].

CUR-LogoThe Council on Undergraduate Research is a national 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational organization. CUR is governed by a Council, which is elected by the members of each of our eight disciplinary divisions, one at-large division, and one division for undergraduate research program directors. The Council elects an Executive Committee, which in turn chooses a National Executive Officer, who manages the national office. CUR is a grassroots organization whose principal support comes from its dues-paying individual and institutional members. Together, they represent over 900 colleges and universities.

We believe in the value of undergraduate research. This site aims to “support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship” in the field of chemistry.  The Chemistry Division is the oldest CUR division. We are represented by 24 democratically elected councilors that represent about 1,000 chemists engaging undergraduates in research. This site is maintained by the Outreach Committee for the Chemistry Division. Contact us at curchem@gmail.com.

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[1] NSF. Shaping the future: New expectations for undergraduate education in science, mathematics, engineering and technology vol. NSF publication No. 96-139. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation; 1996.

[2] Russell SH, Hancock MP, McCullough J. THE PIPELINE: Benefits of Undergraduate Research Experiences. Science 2007;316:548 – 549.

[3] Hunter A-B, Laursen SL, Seymour E. Becoming a Scientist: The Role of Undergraduate Research in Students’ Cognitive, Personal, and Professional Development. Science Education 2007;91:36-74.