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.


Announcements

Event Promotes Undergraduate Research to Freshmen

At Research First workshop, students demonstrate to peers how they can begin conducting serious academic research early in their college careers.

Marcus Undergraduate Student Travel Grant

The LCA College Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) is awarding travel grants 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. Up to $1000 will be awarded per student each fiscal year.  

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.

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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.

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View 2019-20 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

Kayla Ratliff, History Major

Inspired, in part, by a desire to learn about her Japanese heritage, San Francisco State University History major Kayla Ratliff is reading literature to understand how homosexuality was viewed and practiced in 17th century Japan. She found that sexual relationships between men weren’t stigmatized and wanted to further research the topic.

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 Skonieczny, International Relations
  • Hsiao-Yun Chu, Design
  • Sean McFarland, Art
  • Troi Carleton, Dean's Office

Contact

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