Council for Undergraduate Research

The Council for Undergraduate Research’s (CUR) mission is to “support and promote high-quality mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry.” It has divisions in 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 undergraduate research programs. The Council serves as an advocate for continued federal and private support for student engagement activities, and it provides a wide variety of professional development opportunities. 


Bradley University maintains an enhanced institutional membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Through this membership, all faculty and administrators can establish individual CUR memberships free of charge. To get started, go to the Become a Member page on the CUR website and start an individual membership application. By naming Bradley University as your institution and using your Bradley e-mail address, you will get a note verifying that there is no charge for your membership. 

The following is just a sampling of services and resources available through CUR. We hope you will take the time to explore CUR's website to learn more about the myriad opportunities available through the organization. 

  • Free access to CUR publications including a "How To Series", the CUR Quarterly, and Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
  • Conferences and events including the CUR Proposal Writing Institute, CUR Dialogues, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 
  • Services and resources such as Program Review Services, a speaker's bureau, and CUR awards to recognize outstanding faculty mentorship of undergraduate students

Students can also make use of CUR resources and opportunities by applying to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, presenting a poster to congressional representatives through Posters on the Hill, and through other student resources.

Student Opportunities

The Council for Undergraduate Research is an excellent resource for Bradley Students. All you need to sign up is your BU e-mail address. On the Council for Undergraduate Research website, students will have access to numerous research and presentation opportunities. Not only will the Council post their presentation and research opportunities, but they also have relationships with many outside parties who will post opportunities for students.

There are two main highlights for the Council of Undergraduate Research presentation opportunities.

  1. Posters on the Hill
    An annual event where students from across the country present their research in Washington DC, while serving as advocates for continued federal support for undergraduate research. 
  2. National Conference on Undergraduate Research
    The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is a great opportunity for undergraduate students from ALL fields to present their work at a nationally recognized conference. Presentation formats include: oral, poster, creative art and performing arts.