College Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)

Photo of example work from 2018 undergraduate research showcase

About CURE

CURE’s mission is to support and promote undergraduate research in all disciplines across the College of Liberal & Creative Arts. We aim to advance faculty-student research mentorships and collaboration through programing that includes professional development, skill-building workshops, curricular innovation and opportunities for students to showcase their work.

We are committed to fostering a culture of mutual engagement that benefits student researchers and their mentors. Undergraduate research in the liberal and creative arts empowers students to explore their passions, embrace their learning and develop lifelong critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the discipline and beyond.


Introduction to Research Methods

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Students, Faculty Honored at Reception for Winning Research Fellowships, Assistantships

Gift from alumni George and Judy Marcus -- the largest in SF State history -- provides $55,000 for student, faculty research projects.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Undergrad Showcase Goes Far Beyond Research

Dance, emojis, zombies, graphic design, YouTube makeup tutorials among wide variety of presentations at third annual event.

Seeking Big Ideas!

The Marcus Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Marcus Undergraduate Research Fellowship award supports research and creative activity conducted by undergraduate students in partnership with a faculty mentor. Recipients of the Marcus Fellowship will be part of a cohort of fellows engaged in programming that supports research throughout the course of the fellowship. This fellowship opportunity is aimed at undergraduates interested in working closely with a faculty member to develop, complete and present a research project.

Learn more

View 2019-20 fellowship winners


The Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant

The Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant is an initiative aimed at promoting student research in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Learn more

View 2019-20 assistantship grant winners

Student Spotlight

Anucha Poh Maga, Design Major

Inspired by his experience with motorcycles in Southeast Asia and his School of Design faculty mentor, Sylvan Linn, student Anucha Poh Maga is designing and testing a conversion kit that will turn a Honda Super Cub motorcycle, one of the most produced motor vehicles in history, into a hybrid vehicle. Motorcycles are an extremely popular mode of transportation in Southeast Asia but they are not subject to the same emissions regulations as cars, are generally older, and are kept idling in traffic which creates a lot of pollution. Converting them to hybrid-electric vehicles means that instead of using a gas motor while idling they would use an electric one.

Rather than build an expensive all-electric motorcycle from the ground up, his goal is to develop a low-cost, user-serviceable kit that converts existing bikes — reducing waste and bringing technology that is more common in cars to motorcycles.

This project is made possible by a Marcus Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Past Showcases

From anthropology to zombies, our students explore a range of subjects, stemming from their many curiosities, interests, and passions. View past program booklets (formerly URSCA) for a glimpse.

CURE Committee

The steering committee oversees subcommittees and is responsible for strategic planning.

  • Joshua Singer, Design (co-director)
  • Anastasia Smirnova, English (co-director)
  • Gitanjali Shahani, English
  • Francis Neely, Political Science
  • Laura Lisy-Wagner, History
  • Bridget Gelms, English
  • Kym Morrison, History
  • Amy Skonieszny, International Relations
  • Hsiao-Yun Chu, Design
  • Sean McFarland, Art
  • Troi Carleton, Dean's Office


If you have questions or want to learn more about the College Undergraduate Research Experience please contact Associate Professor Joshua Singer,