Executive Officer
Council on Undergraduate Research
Elizabeth (Beth) L. Ambos became CUR’s fourth Executive Officer in May 2012. From 2006-2012, immediately prior to becoming CUR’s Executive Officer, Beth Ambos served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and Partnerships for the 23-campus California State University system. Before her appointment at the CSU system level, Ambos held several administrative appointments at California State University, Long Beach, including Associate Vice President for Research and External Support, Graduate Dean and Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences in Mathematics. She has helped obtain and/or manage more than $60M in grant and contract funds over the past two decades, has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, and made over 150 presentations at professional society meetings.

Beth Ambos received her AB in Geology from Smith College (magna cum laude), and her M.S. and PhD degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in marine geology and geophysics. She held post-doctoral appointments at the U.S. Geological Survey (National Research Council fellow) and University of Southern California, served as a summer faculty fellow at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and has held an IPA appointment as an NSF program officer.