Dr. Susan Larson, professor of psychology and director of Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships, has been elected president of the Council on Undergraduate Research for 2016-17.
CUR is a national organization that supports faculty and student development for undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
Larson has been an active member of CUR for the past decade. She has served as a Division of Psychology Councilor and chair and as a co-author of CUR’s Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
“I am delighted to have been elected to provide leadership to an organization that has been so transformative in the professional development of so many faculty and administrators, including my own,” Larson says in CUR’s election announcement. “I look forward to working with volunteers and national office staff to support the continued development of CUR set forth by our strategic pillars and to help CUR to be the premier undergraduate research organization.”
Concordia has a long history of emphasizing undergraduate research, Larson says. As an added commitment to research, the college created a director of Undergraduate Research and National Fellowships in 2009. Larson is the first person to hold that position. She recently coordinated the daylong Celebration of Student Scholarship that highlighted student research and scholarly activities.