the heart of our mission

CURE connects the dots among the University of Oregon’s three fundamental priorities.

By offering undergraduate students, the opportunity to engage in outstanding research opportunities, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) brings together institutional priorities of research excellence, enhancing student access & success, and enriching the undergraduate experience. CURE supports students in all eight undergraduate colleges at UO, taking a broad definition of research that includes scholarship and creative work in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

CURE  collaborates with faculty, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, Housing/Residence Life, the Clark Honors College, the Career Center, the Teaching Engagement Program, and other campus partners to:

Connect undergraduates with research and experiential learning opportunities

Provide students with financial support for summer research

Offer advising, resources and guidance on research skill-building

Fund student conference travel to present  research projects

Showcase undergraduate research on campus, at local events and nation-wide

Support campus programs that serve students whose ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds remain underrepresented in higher education

Connect With Us!
The CURE Advising Office is located in 104 GSH, in the Commons of the Global Scholars Hall. Drop-in advising on undergraduate research opportunities (and distinguished scholarships) is available Monday to Thursday 4-6 pm during the academic year. Or make an advising appointment by emailing us to arrange a time.

Director, Kevin Hatfield 

research shapes us

 Student participation in research …

Develops the kind of non-linear thinking skills that meet 21st century job market demands

Facilitates deep connections between faculty and students

Can pave the road to success in distinguished scholarships such as Rhodes, Truman, Marshall

Strengthens students’ academic portfolios for achievement in graduate and professional school

Increases campus engagement which supports timely graduation

research drives us

Positioned as a first-tier research institution and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the University of Oregon is committed to transforming both basic and applied research into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and globally. UO’s research endeavors are additionally boasted by an extraordinary $500 million lead gift from Penny and Phil Knight to establish the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.  This gift augments the University’s $117 million in funded sponsored projects to conduct both basic and applied research, and presents new opportunities for undergraduate students to explore and experience cutting-edge research.

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research continues because of you…

Your generous gift supports the legacy of undergraduate research opportunities at the University of Oregon.

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Need money for conference travel expenses?

Need money for conference travel expenses?

Are you traveling to a conference to present your research and need help funding the trip? CURE Student Conference Travel Awards might be exactly what you are looking for! Each year ten $500 awards are given to students who are presenting at conferences! Learn more...

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