College Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)

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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.


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Students’ Donor-Funded Research Addresses Pressing Issues of the World

Winners of George and Judy Marcus fellowships, assistantships present results of yearlong research.


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View LCA Undergraduate Research Showcase Online

Annual event debuts online with more than 70 original works including papers, essays, designs, comics, visual art, music and more.



Agile Research Studio: Orchestrating Student Research Across Disciplines

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 (All day) to Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (All day)

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.

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View the current 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.

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View the current assistantship grant winners


The Marcus Undergraduate Student Travel Grant

The Marcus Undergraduate Student Travel Grant awards grants up to $1,000 for student majors in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts who will present their work at a peer-reviewed or juried conference/meeting/exhibit (e.g., a presenter of a paper, exhibitor of a creative project, or performer). Funding can be spent on transportation, lodging, and conference registration. 

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Student Spotlight

Mikayla Cordero, International Relations Major

Mikayla Cordero, an International Relations major at San Francisco State University, hopes to uncover new perspectives on populism and nationalism in her research on Ireland.

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

View more student researcher profiles

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.

  • Bridget Gelms, English (co-director)
  • Anastasia Smirnova, English (co-director)
  • Joshua Singer, Design (co-director; on sabbatical Fall 2020)
  • Gitanjali Shahani, English
  • Francis Neely, Political Science
  • Laura Lisy-Wagner, History
  • Bridget Gelms, English
  • Kym Morrison, History
  • Amy Skonieczny, International Relations
  • Hsiao-Yun Chu, Design
  • Sean McFarland, Art
  • Rebecca Eissler, Political Science
  • Elizabeth Hunter, Theater
  • Christina Sabee, Dean's Office


If you have questions or want to learn more about the College Undergraduate Research Experience please contact Assistant Professor Anastasia Smirnova,, or Assistant Professor Bridget Gelms,