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Council on Undergraduate Research

Hope College is recognized for the extent and quality of undergraduate research — and for national leadership in promoting undergraduate research for student learning, personal development and successful outcomes.

Hope faculty were among the founding members the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) in the 1980s. Hope College became an inaugural institutional member of CUR. Hope faculty have won national elections by their peers to serve as CUR Councilors.

CUR can help you:

  • Get started in research with undergraduates
  • Improve your effectiveness and productivity as a scholar
  • Develop funding sources
  • Develop leadership skills

Because Hope College has an enhanced institutional membership to CUR, every Hope faculty member is eligible for free membership to CUR.

Membership Benefits

CUR membership provides the following benefits (some are free; others require financial support from Hope College):

  • Workshops and Institutes, for example:
    • Beginning a Research Program Institute
    • Broadening Participation Institute
    • Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute
    • Proposal Writing Institute
  • Publications, for example:
    • CUR Quarterly
    • “How To” Series, e.g, How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers
    • A Practical Handbook for Supporting Community-Based Research with Undergraduate Students
    • Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research: Fostering Excellence and Enhancing the Impact
    • Creative Inquiry in the Arts & Humanities: Models of Undergraduate Research
    • Developing & Sustaining a Research-Supportive Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Practices
    • Faculty Support and Undergraduate Research: Innovations in Faculty Role Definition, Workload and Reward
  • Mentor network
  • Program consulting
  • Open source bibliographies
    • Assessment
    • Integrating Research into the Curriculum
  • Listserve discussion groups, for example:
    • Arts & Humanities
    • Broadening Participation
    • Community Colleges
    • Math and Computer Science
Becoming a CUR Member

To sign up for your free CUR membership:

  • Create a CUR website account. Choose “Hope College” as your primary organization
    Log in using existing credentials and go to "My CUR" > "My Account"

  • On the Overview tab of My Account, select the "Manage My Institutional Relationships" button (at the bottom)
  • If you do not show Hope College as a linked insititutional relationship, then "Search All Organizations" for Hope College and link to the organization.
  • Select"Manage My Membership"
  • Select "Activate Membership Benefits"