Center for Undergraduate Research & Scholarship


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Center for Undergraduate Research & Scholarship

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) supports faculty-led research and scholarly activity with undergraduates at Augusta University in a variety of ways including: faculty and student development activities, sponsoring the monthly student research brown bag seminars, assessing the impact of student research on campus and by offering student research grants.

CURS defines undergraduate research as "an educational experience in which a student, in collaboration with a faculty mentor, strives to answer an open-ended question within the discipline and/or make a creative contribution to the discipline." Research, then, can be done in a laboratory, in the field, in the library or in an art studio. CURS is interested in cultivating the creative activity of students from all academic disciplines. 

Please take a few minutes to explore our site, read about the work our students have been doing, and let us know if you have any questions!

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at Augusta University is to promote and support undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity that enhances student learning, professionalism, and critical thinking, by engaging students and faculty mentors in the complete research process from discovery to dissemination. 

VISION STATEMENT

CURS is committed to the enrichment of undergraduate education at Augusta University. In particular, CURS recognizes that undergraduate research and creative scholarship is a foundational component of such student enrichment. By “undergraduate research and creative scholarship,” we refer to acts of inquiry that produce new knowledge, new insight, and original perspectives; this includes the four kinds of scholarship (discovery, integration, teaching, and application), and it includes creative activity in both the fine arts and other disciplines.

We acknowledge that production of new knowledge is not sufficient. Dissemination is the end point of all research and creative activity. Dissemination can include, but is not limited to performance, scholarly presentation, scholarly publication, or other forms of dissemination appropriate to the discipline.

 CURS expresses its commitment to undergraduate research in several ways:

  • Creating a scholarly culture across disciplines that values undergraduate research, creative activities, and scholarship.
  • Providing necessary financial and human resources to create high-level, high-quality undergraduate research opportunities throughout the undergraduate career.
  • Supporting the CORE experience so that it generates more students who are capable of engaging in high-quality undergraduate research
  • Providing more opportunities for upper-level experiences that enable highly-qualified, highly-motivated students to actually engage in high-quality undergraduate research.
  • Providing faculty and students with mentorship and forums for the understanding and advancement of undergraduate research. 
 

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