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CUGR - Committee for Undergraduate Research


About CUGR

The Committee for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) is an open committee of CSUSM faculty and staff dedicated to supporting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity (URSCA) on our campus. All are welcome to attend! We value representation from all departments/disciplines across campus in order to better foster all research, scholarship, and creative activity at CSUSM.


CUGR meets monthly, on the third Thursday of each month, from 12:00-1:00pm, please check back for a meeting location or you can join via Zoom. Here is our meeting schedule for the current semester.

Why are research and creative activities important to a university?       

Research is a cornerstone of a University mission. Universities exist not only to provide education, but also to benefit the public good. University faculty in all disciplines conduct original research—that is, research that has never been done before. This research leads to new, deeper ways of understanding every aspect of human experience and the world in which we live.

Every academic discipline, from Literature, History, and Philosophy to Biology, Engineering, and Physics has its own set of methods and standards. Faculty in the Arts usually engage in creative activity, creating original works of art or performances, instead of research.