Newswise — Washington, DC- Every day, across the nation, undergraduate students and faculty advisors engage in research that profoundly affects their educational and professional aspirations. On April 29, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will honor the research achievements of 60 undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide at the 18th annual Posters on the Hill event on Capitol Hill. At this annual event, students, selected from a pool of over six hundred applicants, share their undergraduate research with Members of Congress, congressional staff, federal government officials, academics and others.
At this year’s event, CUR is privileged to bestow upon the Honorable Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) the 2014 Honorary CUR Fellowship award. This award is presented annually to leaders working to promote undergraduate research and the mission of the Council. CUR Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos stated, “CUR is very pleased to honor Senator Klobuchar’s leadership in promoting broadened access to research experiences for the nation’s undergraduates. Her commitment to enhancing federal investments in research infrastructure, as well as her advocacy for early research experiences, are both deeply appreciated.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar stated “We know that when we invest in undergraduate research, we’re investing in a brighter future not only for our students, but for our economy and our entire country. I’m honored to receive this award and I will continue to work to ensure that our universities have the support they need to keep leading the way in innovation and discovery.”
CUR’s annual Posters on the Hill event is an important opportunity for lawmakers to see how federal programs and dollars make a real difference for students and faculty and nurture interest in research and postsecondary study. The reception, being co-hosted by the American Chemical Society, will take place in B-357 on Capitol Hill from 5:30 through 7:30pm on April 29.
##Council on Undergraduate Research: The Council on Undergraduate Research (www.cur.org) supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. Over 675 institutions and more than 10,000 individuals belong to CUR. CUR believes that the best way to capture student interest and create enthusiasm for a discipline is through research in close collaboration with faculty members.