Newswise — Sarah K. Johnson—associate professor in the Department of Psychology/Neuroscience at Moravian College in Pennsylvania—has been elected to the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Representing CUR’s Psychology Division, Johnson will begin a three-year term on the board in summer 2021.

Johnson earned her BA in psychology with honors at Bucknell University and her PhD in cognitive psychology from Temple University. She has mentored 50 students in independent research projects and more than 320 students in course-based undergraduate research projects. Her CUR roles have included vice-chair of the CUR Psychology Division (2015–2020), chair of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research Oversight Committee (2017–present), and member of the Student Programs Task Force (2018–2020).

Said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer, “Dr. Johnson’s substantial involvement in student-centered initiatives has provided great benefits to CUR in student outreach. As a longtime faculty member at a primarily undergraduate institution, Dr. Johnson will bring an important perspective to the board that reflects the unique strengths of these institutions in advancing undergraduate research.”

Said Johnson, “I am excited to be a part of the CUR Executive Board as we all face the ‘new normal’ together. CUR has been exceptionally important in shaping how I approach UR in my own work and programmatically at my institution. I look forward to helping envision how, in these changing times, CUR can continue to be a resource and an inspiration in the lives of many faculty, administrators, and students who are dedicated to advancing undergraduate research.”


The 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.

Moravian College: Moravian College’s liberal arts education prepares each individual for a reflective life, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Enrolling approximately 2000 undergraduate students and approximately 550 graduate students, it offers more than 55 majors and minors.