CUREnet was established in 2012 by Erin Dolan (University of Georgia), Dave Micklos (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), and Nancy Trautmann (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) to support networking among faculty developing, teaching, and assessing CUREs, to share CURE projects and resources, and to develop new tools and strategies for CURE instruction and assessment. CUREnet has built significant capacity for undergraduate instructors to design and teach CUREs and for evaluators and researchers to study the effectiveness of CUREs with increased rigor and sophistication. More than 100 CUREnet-member faculty are actively teaching CUREs and are working with other faculty at their institutions to expand and scale-up CURE offerings.
CUREnet2, led by Erin Dolan (University of Georgia), Sara Brownell (Arizona State University), Isi Ero-Tolliver (Hampton University), Cailin Huyck Orr and John McDaris (Science Education Research Center at Carleton College), Gloria Miller and Tim Turner (Jackson State University), George Ude (Bowie State University), and Kennedy Wekesa (Alabama State University), is a new phase of development of CUREnet that aims to engage a broader group of institutions and their faculty and students in CURE instruction. Specifically, CUREnet2 aims to build:
- Instructional capacity for introductory-level CURE instruction at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and other under-resourced colleges and universities;
- Research capacity for undergraduate research in general and CUREs in particular at HBCUs and other under-resourced colleges and universities;
- Assessment capacity that enables the undergraduate STEM education community to better understand what makes CUREs effective for students; and
- Sustainability capacity by identifying and disseminating novel, community-generated strategies for sustaining CURE instruction over time.