Why Should Faculty Join CUR?
Faculty are already members of discipline-specific organizations. Why then should they join CUR? Here are six reasons:
- CUR addresses future trends in Undergraduate Research (UR), such as assessment, UR in curriculum, business, industry, and government collaborations in UR.
- Membership provides access to CUR programs, such as Posters on the Hill, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, CUR Institutes
- CUR gives opportunities for networking with and learning about effective practices used in other disciplines.
- CUR publications address issues not addressed by the MAA (e.g., assessing the effectiveness of UR)
- CUR advocates nationally for UR (e.g. NSF REUs resulted from CUR advocacy, Goldwater/CUR award)
- In getting universities/colleges to institute activities that promote UR (e.g., teaching credit for faculty who are doing UR, UR being valued in P&T, etc.), organizations like CUR that has members from multiple disciplines and administrators are more effective than disciplinary organizations.
The Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Division has a list of the top 10 reasons to join CUR: Top 23 + 2 Reasons to Join CUR