Dr. Brian Seymour
Interim Director, CUR
Office: (904) 470-8070
Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Dr. Brian Seymour
The Center of Undergraduate Research is a member of the National Council on Undergraduate Research. The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
The mission of Edward Waters College (EWC) Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) is to provide the academic support and resources to promote high quality student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
The CUR offers a series of opportunities of challenging experiences for our academically talented students to excel and thrive in achieving their full potential. Previously, EWC hosted an annual “Symposium for Undergraduate Research” largely gaining the attention of students majoring in Math, Science, or Psychology. The growth of this program resulted in 100% of those students being awarded paid internships to attend major Universities during the Summer 2018 term.
Edward Waters College welcomed its’ 3oth President, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. this Fall 2018 academic year. President Faison’s vision for the institution was reflective in his State of the College message and in his theme that the college would be the, “Architects of Change, with an eye on sustainability,” with a fundamental goal to achieve “Emerging Eminence.” The immediate response to this charge in Academic Affairs was the assessment of needs for our students which has led to the development of the CUR. The CUR allows the college to establish a distinction of excellence that redefines this institution and its scholars as formidable opponents in competition with other colleges and universities.
Center for Undergraduate Research Objectives:
- To create an environment that provides the resources for high quality scholarly research
- To provide a learning environment that is conducive to excellence in research
- To provide faculty-student mentorship to assist students in achieving their academic potential
- To promote internship and conference presentation opportunities
- To increase the retention and graduation rates across the disciplines
The Division of Academic Affairs envisions the CUR having a transformational affect upon our institution and students through the increase and enhancement of scholarly academic experiences it will offer. The CUR will support a more direct approach to student engagement by providing more collaborative opportunities with faculty. We expect, through this initiative, that our student learning outcomes will reflect significant improvement, as well as increases in our retention and graduation rates. This expected performance growth will be achieved as a result of developing the skills of our students to excel in critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual independence through the CUR.