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):


LSU Discover Day: April 10, 2018; Deadline to submit applications: February 25, 2018

LSU Discover, an undergraduate research program at Louisiana State University, will host its 5th annual LSU Discover Day, an undergraduate research & creativity symposium, on April 10, 2018.  Undergraduate students from any discipline are invited to apply to present their research, scholarly, or creative works.  There are no application costs and up to 5 visiting students will be offered $200 in travel reimbursements.  Discover Day is comprised of four events: poster session, juried art show, visual display, and oral presentations.


Fourth Biannual Young Researchers Conference, Xavier University: Saturday,        March 17, 2018; Deadline to register: February 26, 2018

The Louisiana Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring and co-organizing this conference with the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE). This is the fourth iteration of this conference, hosted by the Alliance. The Committee on Minority Affairs of the ACS is also sponsoring the event.

It is a conference geared towards helping undergraduate and young graduate students showcase their research work free of large registration fees, as well as a chance for them to be exposed to a large breadth of topics across STEM fields. There are seven (7) available student speaking slots as well as a poster session at the end of the day.  


Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Rehabilitation Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, May 21, 2018 – July 27, 2018: Application deadline: March 2, 2018

Open to undergraduates majoring in science, engineering, math, and computer science

$ 4,750 stipend; Housing

Minorities, women, student veterans, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The REU at the HERL is designed to promote greater involvement and understanding of Rehabilitation Engineering and assistive technology.  The University of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) is currently accepting applications for the summer 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Rehabilitation Engineering program.


American Geophysical Union: Virtual Poster Showcase: Deadline for Spring 2018: March 4, 2018

If you are doing research in the realm of geosciences, environmental sciences, ocean sciences or other closely related fields, the American Geophysical Union has created the Virtual Poster Showcase as a way for students to share their research without having to travel to a conference.

This showcase began in 2015 and it has grown substantially over the last three years. In 2017 there were about 200 students participating from all over the world. The students submit abstracts for a nominal fee of $35. Once their abstract is accepted, they upload their poster as a PDF and a short video (using a smart phone) about their science.  Following that is a peer review phase followed by an expert judge phase. Every students receives a certificate of participation, instructions on how to cite their abstract, and inclusion of their abstract into GeoRef (the geoscience database from the American Geosciences Institute).  CUR and other societies have been the founding partners for this project that is open to any geoscience and allied field student who wants to share their research.


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.


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.