In 2014-15, 488 unique students completed 704 CURO courses with 302 faculty members from 83 academic departments.
Undergraduate research can enrich a student’s undergraduate experience by offering a way to actively engage in learning outside of the classroom. Undergraduate researchers work side-by-side with a faculty mentor who challenges them intellectually and can become a lifetime mentor.
Undergraduate research experiences like those provided by CURO are widely recognized as a high impact practices. For instance, introducing discovery-based research in STEM field in the first two years of college can positively affect STEM retention and engagement in minority groups. Gains in skills, scientific understanding, self-confidence, and commitment to science and research have been reported in numerous studies, and participation in research activities was also found to increase retention in science and likelihood of matriculation to graduate school of minority students and women as compared with peers who did not engage in UR. At UGA, CURO coursework has been associated with higher GPA, improved graduation rates and time to completion; and major scholarship awards (including the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Truman, and Udall scholarships).
But research doesn’t simply help students meet their undergraduate goals, it also prepares them for careers and for graduate or professional studies post-graduation. In short, undergraduate research can be a challenging yet transformative experience.
Why pursue research through CURO?
CURO’s purpose is simple: to facilitate sustained, progressive, faculty mentored undergraduate research in any discipline. Through CURO undergraduates can pursue faculty mentored research regardless of discipline, major or GPA as early as their first year. Our programming supports students in identifying and selecting opportunities, choosing a mentor, and presenting and publishing their work.
Through CURO, undergraduates can: