Welcome to CUREnet!
Research experiences are thought to be pivotal in the education and professional development of undergraduate science majors. Yet, there are many more undergraduates than can be accommodated through traditional research internships. In order to meet the demand for undergraduate research experiences, faculty have developed projects that engage whole classes of students in addressing a research question or problem that is of interest to the scientific community, dubbed "Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences" or CUREs.
CUREs offer several advantages over research internships - they can enroll many more students and they are accessible to all students who enroll, not just the few who stand out in class, who are confident enough to approach faculty directly, or who have personal or programmatic connections that help them get access to research.
CUREnet was established in 2012 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.
- Publication: Metabarcoding CURE at University of Detroit Mercy
The CURE involving metabarcoding has been successfully implemented at the Unversity of Detroit Mercy Biology Department. A publication describing the CURE has been published in Frontiers of Microbiology. Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.579325
- Benefits of hierarchical mentoring within a CURE
We incorporated an integrated mentoring program in an undergraduate ecology lab course, in which the undergraduate students analyzed data sets provided by graduate student mentors. This program increased perceived and demonstrated abilities in critical thinking skills, particularly data analysis and interpretation, and allowed increased project flexibility for the student by effectively increasing the course's instructor to student ratio.
- Invitation to Build-a-Genome network virtual workshop
BAG is a course-based undergraduate research experience centered on synthetic biology education. Synthetic biology allows students to create novel biological systems while learning the fundamentals of molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and bioengineering. This workshop will provide an introduction to the field as well as materials that can be easily incorporated directly into relevant courses or research projects.