A Brief History of CURC

CSU Researchers in 1912
CSU students conducting research in 1912
Long before CURC, CSU's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology was responsible for the first, formal research symposium on campus. Over time, that event evolved into a college-wide showcase for students in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS).

Some 18 years ago, the Office of the Provost worked with CNS to facilitate the development of their annual research poster session into the university-wide event that we know today as the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase. With the inclusion of all disciplines represented at CSU, CURC now showcases much more than traditional research. Audiences now attend CURC as much for the writing, artwork, music, and design projects as they do to observe the research presentations.

The latest development in CURC has been the inclusion of students from visiting institutions ranging from CSU Pueblo to the University of Wisconsin System. Thus, CSU students now have the opportunity to interact and share with their counterparts at other colleges and universities.

From a handful of students presenting their research from a single department decades ago, to over 500 students presenting their research from across the university today, CURC continues to be an evolving event that captures the spirit, creativity, and scholarship of undergraduate students.