Newswise — Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, will host the Biennial Conference, Executive Board Meeting, and Annual Business Meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) in late June-early July 2020. At these annual events, approximately 600 faculty and academic professionals interested in the improvement, assessment, management, and promotion of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities share ideas, strategies, and best practices as well as chart the future of CUR.

Said CUR Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos, “Purdue University will provide an outstanding host for CUR’s 2020 Biennial Conference and governance meetings. With its deep commitment to enhancing and expanding undergraduate research, coupled with great access to transportation centers, and West Lafayette’s welcoming community and amenities, the 2020 meetings will be of great value to faculty, staff, and student leaders within undergraduate research theory and practice.”

Said Jay Akridge, Purdue’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, “Undergraduate research is an important part of the student experience at Purdue, so we couldn’t be more pleased to host the 2020 Biennial Conference and Annual Business Meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research. These events are excellent opportunities for those leading and engaged in assessing, promoting and supporting undergraduate research to share their work and form valuable professional collaborations. Purdue University has a 150-year history of high-impact education, and we’re thrilled to host this important conference as we gather to think about future directions for 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 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.

Purdue University, a top public research institution, offers higher education at its highest proven value. Committed to affordability, the university has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012–2013 levels. Committed to student success, Purdue is changing the student experience with greater focus on faculty-student interaction and creative use of technology. Committed to pursuing scientific discoveries and engineered solutions, Purdue has streamlined pathways for faculty and student innovators who have a vision for moving the world forward.