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CUR National Office Staff Spotlight: Liz Hains

By Elizabeth Moris posted 09-03-2020 08:10 AM

CUR’s National Office Team is composed of talented professionals who are passionate about the work they do and their commitment to providing the highest standard of service for CUR’s members and community. After all, our community is our family here at CUR. We have taken a moment to interview each of our National Office Staff for you all to get to know them a little better. 

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Q: What is your full name, the name you wish to go by, and your organizational title at CUR?
A: Elizabeth Hains | Liz | Manager for Student Programs

Q: Many people have fancy titles that don't necessarily describe what they do for the organization to its fullest extent. Can you elaborate on what you do for CUR?
I support and manage CUR’s student programming and resources. I work on the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium, Posters on the Hill, and the World Congress. I also manage a variety of resources for students hosted on the CUR website.

Q: What is one thing that most people wouldn't know about you?
I consider myself a fitness junkie! Exercise is something that is very important to me and has been since I was a child. I have a black belt in American style karate, I’ve run many road races including one marathon, and am always down to try any kind of fitness class.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of South Carolina in 2013 where I studied in the Honor’s College.

Q: Do you prefer tea or coffee and why? 
A: Coffee with milk and sugar! I need caffeine to keep up with my dog and son.

Q: Were you involved in undergraduate research when you were in school or elsewhere?
A: I was! I did undergraduate research during my junior and senior of college. I wrote a senior thesis on the psychology of eating. It had nothing to do with my college major but I had a lot of fun writing it!

Q: COVID-19 and being completely virtual has had a major impact on many in the US. Are there any positives you have found about being virtual; things that you have learned; new hobbies you have picked up; or something that you wouldn’t normally do if the world was pre-COVID?
A: I have a 10-month-old son, and due to daycare being closed we have had to learn how to juggle full time jobs remotely while also taking care of a very curious, mobile baby! Adapting to that has been difficult at times but I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to spend my days with him, watching him learn and grow. That has been the shining light of COVID for me. Also, I’ve started cooking more since eating out is a thing of the past.


Make sure to check out how to get in touch with Liz and other staff on our National Office Staff page. If you would like to volunteer for a CUR Faculty, Student, or Mentor Spotlight interview, please reach out to