Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

The University of New Orleans in conjunction with the University of Louisiana system is proud to announce its membership in the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for the 2017/18 Academic Year.

The  Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national organization whose mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

What is Undergraduate Research?

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.



Upcoming programs and deadlines (Note: some programs are external to CUR):

Submit Applications by March 15 for Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research Program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students in science and engineering, grants of $2,500 for vision-related research, and grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research. Grants may be used to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site or for purchase of nonstandard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a research project. The application deadline is March 15, 2018.


Minority Paid Internship Opportunities: South Central Climate Science Center (CSC): Completed applications and reference forms need to be submitted by 5:00 PM Central Time on Friday, March 16, 2018

The CSC is offering a summer undergraduate internship opportunity in 2018 for students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (including physical, natural, and social sciences). This internship is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of the impacts of climate change and variability in the south-central U.S. We are seeking positive, collaborative students who like new experiences and are adaptive to new environments.

No previous research experience is required! You will get the opportunity to interact and work with people from different backgrounds and skillsets which will strengthen the internship for all participants.


AMRI Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Students at UNO; Deadline to apply is March 30, 2018.

The Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI) at the University of New Orleans announces summer research positions in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and materials science. These positions are open to students who are currently undergraduate students enrolled in a university and will not graduate before the summer of 2018. Participants will work in state of the art scientific research facilities alongside experienced research scientists. No prior experience is necessary. Full-time positions begin May 29, 2018 and end July 27, 2018, and are accompanied by a stipend of up to $5000 depending on availability of funding.


University of Nevada Las Vegas; (REU Site) Mechanisms of Evolution: Deadline to Apply: Saturday, April 7, 2018

The goals of this NSF supported program are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution, and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars.  

  • Participants receive a $5,750 stipend ($575 per week), travel subsidy and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory.
  • The program dates are May 30 to Aug 3, 2018.
  • Applications will be accepted from students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, microbiology, science education, and mathematics enrolled at either a two-year or four-year institution.



The American Physiological Society: Travel Fellowships   

The American Physiological Society has travel fellowships to help individuals who have been under-represented at their meetings. Please see the link for more information - they support undergraduate, graduate, post-docs and early career faculty.


Application/Nomination Deadlines Coming Up in The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Divisions

Application deadlines are approaching for student travel awards in the following CUR divisions:

Student travel grants, CUR Physics and Astronomy Division, application deadline March 16, 2018


Faculty mentor award nominations, CUR Physics and Astronomy Division, nomination deadline March 16, 2018


Faculty mentor award nominations, CUR Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division, nomination deadline March 31, 2018


Deadlines Approaching for Summer 2018 Undergraduate Opportunities

Application deadlines are coming up for undergraduate research opportunities in summer 2018. Options include the following:

REU in anti-counterfeiting technology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology/South Dakota State University/University of South Dakota; application deadline March 9, 2018  


REU, "Human Communication in a Connected World," USC Viterbi; application deadline March 15, 2018


REU in industrial mathematics and statistics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; application deadline March 30, 2018