CURB’s key events are the annual fall and spring undergraduate forums. Hundreds of undergraduates from all majors and disciplines have presented their hard work for over 25 years in undergraduate forums. In addition, keynote speakers including Bill Nye (College of Engineering, 1977) have addressed the research and Cornell communities with words of advice to help guide students on their paths to the future.

Each year CURB holds a forum that gives undergraduate students in all fields the opportunity to share their findings and results with the Cornell community in a poster competition in Clark Atrium. By hosting the Fall Forum, one of Cornell’s largest undergraduate research colloquium, we hope to stress the importance of undergraduate research and give our student presenters the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on their work, practice their science communication skills, and make an impact on other undergraduates who may be wondering whether they should join Cornell’s research community too.


There’s no typical undergraduate experience, and furthermore, there is no typical undergraduate research experience. CURB’s mission is to help undergraduates with a nascent desire for research to find their niche at Cornell; a process that we hope aids them in defining themselves and their dreams for the future.

Fall Forum 2019


Applied Sciences: Justine Shih, CALS ’20, “Tensile Stress and Environmental Effects on Valve Interstitial Cells”


Biological Sciences (1): Brian Lee, CALS ’20, “Binding to Different Epitopes of CD20 Differentially Sensities DLBCL to Different Classes of Chemotherapy”


Biological Sciences (2): Matthew Guo, A&S ’19, “Elucidating the checkpoint Signaling Functions of the RAD9A Mammalian DNA Damage Response Protein”


Humanities and Social Sciences: Sarah Coupal, HumEc ’22, “Feasibility and Acceptability of Video-Dining in Community-Dwelling Older Adults”

Spring Symposium 2019

Previous Keynote Speakers

Ryan T. Lombardi - Fall Forum 2019

Dr. Ryan Lombardi serves as the Vice President for Student and Campus Life at Cornell University. Ryan received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining Cornell in 2015, Ryan was the Vice President for Student Affairs and affiliated faculty in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University.


Harold E. Varmus - Spring Symposium 2019

Harold Varmus, M.D., shared a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 with J. Michael Bishop, M.D. for their discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed him as the first Nobel laureate to direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There, he recruited top researchers as directors, helped to initiate a doubling of the NIH budget, and established PubMed Central, a free archive of published papers.




Roald Hoffmann - Fall Forum 2018

Hoffmann received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981 for his theories concerning the course of chemical reactions. He has also received the National Medal of Science and several awards from the American Chemical Society, including the Priestley Medal, the Arthur C. Cope Award in Organic Chemistry, and the Award in Inorganic Chemistry. He holds more than 25 honorary degrees.




Michael Kotlikoff - Spring Symposium 2018

Michael I. Kotlikoff is an American researcher, academic leader, and veterinarian, who is currently the Provost of Cornell University. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1986, and made significant contributions to muscle biology, heart repair, and mouse genetics.





Bruce Monger - Fall Forum 2017

Dr. Monger received his B.A. degree from University of Washington and a Ph.D. from University of Hawaii. Monger uses satellite remote sensing methods to study environmental controls of oceans, and teaches a world-renowned training program for ocean remote sensing. He is also CURB's faculty advisor. 

Fall Forum 2018

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