Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement

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The Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) serves as a campus hub for undergraduate students to pursue advanced learning opportunities in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. 

CURE guides student exploration, offers funding support for research and experiential learning, and creates opportunities for students to showcase their research on campus, in the local community, and across the state and nation.

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Benefits of Research

  • Build transferable skills and enhance your academic portfolio.
  • Increase your knowledge base, bolster confidence and make contributions to an academic field.
  • Strengthen graduate school preparations, expand your academic engagement and connect with faculty mentors.
  • Explore a potential career field of interest and showcase your work.
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Our Mission

CURE connects the dots among the University of Oregon’s three fundamental priorities:

  1. Building our tenure-related faculty & promoting academic research.
  2. Ensuring affordability & access for our students.
  3. Delivering a rich, excellent educational experience for our students.

By offering undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in outstanding research opportunities, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement brings together institutional priorities of research excellence, enhancing student access & success, and enriching the undergraduate experience. CURE supports students in all eight undergraduate colleges at UO, taking a broad definition of research that includes scholarship and creative work in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

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CURE collaborates with faculty, the Office of Vice President for Research & Innovation, housing/residence life, the Clark Honors College, the career center, the teaching and engagement program, and other campus partners to:

  • Guide undergraduate exploration of research & experiential learning opportunities
  • Provide financial awards for undergraduate research, conference presentation
  • Offer advising, resources & guidance on research skill-building
  • Opportunities for students to showcase research work
  • Support campus programs that serve students whose ethnicity & socioeconomic backgrounds remain underrepresented in higher education

See all campus partnerships

Faculty Engagement

Learn about the benefits of engaging undergraduate students in research
Find guidance for serving as a faculty mentor, including how to identify a project and engage a student
Explore resources for faculty mentors from the University of Oregon and beyond
Engaging incoming students at IntroDUCKtion fosters a sense of campus belonging and introduces academic opportunities
Learn more about the scope of work and submit your interest
View a list of recent faculty presenters
The Council for Undergraduate Research and Distinguished Scholarships functions as an advisory board for CURE, ODS, and the McNair Scholars Program
View the current list of council members


Contact Us

Email CURE at
Virtual Drop-in Advising offered during the academic year.
Visit the Advising Info page for the times and how to connect with us.
Individual advising appointments can be arranged by emailing