Council for Undergraduate Research
Slippery Rock University is an institutional member of the Council for Undergraduate Research(CUR). CUR and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at predominantly undergraduate institutions. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research. CUR’s leadership works with agencies and foundations to enhance research opportunities for faculty and students.
CUR provides support for faculty development. CUR's publications and outreach activities are designed to share successful models and strategies for establishing and institutionalizing undergraduate research programs. They 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 faculty and administrators from all academic institutions. Our primary advocacy is in support of faculty and students at predominantly undergraduate institutions. CUR achieves its vision through efforts of its membership as organized in a divisional structure that includes biology, chemistry, geosciences, 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.
SRU's CUR liaisons are:
Dr. Robert M. Smith, President
Dr. William F. Williams, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Patrick A. Burkhart, Associate Professor in the Department of Geology, Geography and the Environment
Dr. Jerry Chmielewski, Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Biology
Ms. Nancy Cruikshank, Director of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research