Newswise — Mark D. Marshall, Class of 1959 Professor of Chemistry at Amherst College in Amherst, MA, has been elected as secretary to the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). A member of CUR’s Chemistry Division who has served as a CUR Councilor, he began his three-year term on July 1.

A physical chemist, Marshall strives to understand chemical systems through application of the laws and techniques of physics, and his research interests center on the nature of intermolecular forces. His teaching, research, and mentoring efforts seek to equip undergraduates with the fundamental tools of chemistry necessary to address questions throughout all areas of scientific inquiry. He received the John Burlew Connecticut Valley Section Award of the American Chemical Society in 1994 and the Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award in 1996. Marshall holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Rochester, and MA and PhD degrees in chemistry from Harvard University.

Said Marshall, “This is a very exciting time to join the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research. CUR has grown from its roots of a few chemists at principally undergraduate colleges to an organization with a budget of $2 million that encompasses all disciplines and types of institutions. We must work to encourage all involved in the enterprise of faculty development and undergraduate engagement in research.”


The Council on Undergraduate Research supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. More than 700 institutions and more than 12,000 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.

Founded in 1821, Amherst College is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college with 1900 students from most of the 50 states and more than 30 other countries. Considered one of the nation’s best educational institutions, Amherst awards the BA degree in 40 fields of study. More than 50 percent of Amherst students receive need-based financial aid.