CUR's History

The University of Florida has a long tradition of discovery through the deep and broad research enterprise housed in all of its varied Colleges and Institutes. This research-rich environment offers undergraduates extensive opportunities to become engaged in their fields in ways that go beyond traditional classroom settings. Scholarly work mentored by research faculty is a form of active learning that fosters critical and independent thinking, creativity, and understanding of the research process, preparing students to continue their education beyond the undergraduate level.  UF believes in fostering undergraduate research in all colleges and majors across campus.  Students have conducted faculty mentored research on campus and presented their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium for over 20 years.  The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) was founded by Dr. Anne Donnelly in 2010 and it continues to be led under her guidance.  CUR is committed to fostering a culture of research that encourages all students to include a research component as a critical part of their undergraduate experience. CUR provides guidance to students and faculty interested in pursuing research and creative work opportunities and the coordination of campus research activities. CUR also works to expand research opportunities across campus. We invite you to explore our website and to contact us if you would like additional information.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to foster a culture of research that encourages all students to include a research component as a critical part of their undergraduate experience.  

Our Philosophy

The Center for Undergraduate Research exists to connect University of Florida students and researchers in ways that go beyond traditional classroom settings.

Key to Success

Scholarly work mentored by research faculty is a form of active learning that fosters critical and independent thinking, creativity, and an understanding of the research process.

Location

For generations of Gators, the number one most requested student service on campus was additional, state of the art study space. After hearing students voice this concern over a number of years, Student Government explored different ways to solve this pervasive issue. After being left abandoned in the heart of campus, Newell Hall was decided on as the destination of a student space unlike any other we have at the University of Florida. Student Government and External Affairs worked tirelessly for a number of years to keep Newell Hall funding at the forefront of our legislative agenda. 

Today, the 24/7 Newell Hall Learning Commons provides a modern, vibrant environment that fosters and encourages student learning. Newell Hall was built for students and by students. 

Services

The Center for Undergraduate Research is dedicated to helping students at the University of Florida find valuable research opportunities, whether they are a seasoned researcher or are getting involved in research for the first time. If you are looking for great opportunities here at UF, start by visiting our peer advising hours in our office at 202 Newell Hall. 

The Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students (CURBS) offers Peer Advising for anyone who would like get started in undergraduate research. Our peer mentoring group is made up of experienced undergraduate researchers who are passionate about helping students find research opportunities that will enrich their academic experience and help them reach their career goals.

Events

The Center for Undergraduate Research offers many events for students to learn about opportunities on and off campus.  In addition to workshops held by CURBS, CUR offers many opportunities for undergraduates to engage with faculty and showcase their research conducted at UF.  

Click below to see all events offered by CUR.