Newswise — Linda Blockus—director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri–Columbia—has been elected to the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Representing CUR’s Undergraduate Research Programs Division (URP), Blockus will begin a three-year term on the board in summer 2021.

Blockus earned her AB in biology from Dartmouth University, her EdM in educational leadership from Boston University, and her PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis at University of Missouri–Columbia. She also was a visiting student at The Ohio State University (as an undergraduate student) and Stanford University (as a graduate student), as well as a fellow at the Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Blockus served on the CUR Executive Board in 2009–2011 and as a Councilor in CUR’s At-Large Division in 2002–2005, as well as assisted in founding URP in 2005.

Said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer, “Dr. Blockus’s invaluable experience as an undergraduate research administrator has been of great benefit to CUR in areas such as student and faculty programming and the production of CUR’s important publication Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Her promotion of interdisciplinary and interassociational collaborations, advocacy for undergraduate research on local and national levels, and long service to CUR will provide distinct strengths to the board.”


Council on Undergraduate Research: The Council on Undergraduate Research ( supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. More than 700 institutions and nearly 13,000 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.

University of Missouri–Columbia: The University of Missouri–Columbia enrolls approximately 31,000 students and offers more than 300 degree programs.