Center Operation

Fall 2013 Eagle SPUR Recipient  - Kray Scully

The USM Center for Undergraduate Research was established in October 2011. The overall mission of the center is to enhance the undergraduate experience by promoting and supporting student-faculty collaborations in research, creative projects and scholarship.  The benefits of active participation in faculty-mentored research are myriad both to the student experience and the university community at large. 

Faculty interested in mentoring and collaborating with students are encouraged to become Faculty Affiliates

Students interested in working on independent research, creative or scholarly projects are encouraged to explore the Faculty Affiliates pages for scholarly opportunities.  They also may apply for funding to support their work through the Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), and present their findings at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Please join VP for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon and the CUR in congratulating the Fall 2014 Eagle Scholars!  You may find a list of their names and project titles here. Fall 2014 Eagle Scholars!


Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) is to function, under the umbrella of the Office of the Vice President for Research, as the university hub for coordinating and communicating opportunities for undergraduate research and creative/scholarly activities to the university community. The CUR will assist the undergraduate research and creative/ scholarly activity efforts at USM through the distribution of university funds to support research, creative and scholarly activities, and travel for undergraduate students to disseminate original results.

Council on Undergraduate Research

The USM Center for Undergraduate Research is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, headquartered in Washington, DC. The council sponsors the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held each April (

CUR Steering Committee

The operation and activities of the center is guided by the Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives from each of the colleges as well as Faculty Senate, University Libraries, Learning Enhancement Center, and Student Government Association. The 2014-15 members include:
  • Meredith Barefield (Student Government Association
  • John Bishop (Education and Psychology)
  • Randy Buchanan (Faculty Senate)
  • Carol Connell (Health)
  • Barry Cumbie (Business)
  • Marie Danforth, Chair (Arts and Letters)
  • David Davis (Honors)
  • Stephen Haller (University Libraries)
  • Douglas Masterson (Science and Technology)
  • Toni Sayger (Learning Enhancement Center)
  • Lachel Story (Nursing)
  • Mark Waymire (Arts and Letters)
  • Jo Ann Johnson (Administrative Support, ex-officio)

CUR By-Laws.

CUR Annual Report 2013.

Minutes of Steering Committee Meetings.

  • September 4, 2014
  • April 30, 2014
  • March 5, 2014
  • February 4, 2014
  • January 28, 2014