The JSU Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) was established in October 2011. The Center’s goal is to promote undergraduate research in the academic disciplines awarding undergraduate degrees at the University. The Center provides twenty mini-grants to faculty who will serve as mentors to one hundred undergraduate students. Faculty will play an integral role in the undergraduate experience as they are the links between students and their research projects. As mentors they provide guidance and encouragement to undergraduate researchers while nurturing the development of research skills, the ability to work independently, and an increased sense of self confidence.