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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.

CUREs

What is a CURE?
CURE as Pedagogy
CURE as Research

CUREnet Information

CUREnet Community
CUREnet Institutes
CUREnet for Team Members


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  • DNA Barcoding CURE Workshop
    NSF-funded DNA Barcoding CURE workshop, June 10-14, led by Cold Spring Harbor Lab at James Madison University- check here for details and the application: https://www.dnalc.org/educatorapps/iuse.html?wshop=2
  • CURE Workshop on Appalachian ecology
    The Consortium Exchanging Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students (CEREUS) is hosting a CURE workshop on exploring ecological change in the Appalachians, June 5-7, 2019 on the campus of UNC Asheville
  • CURE program coordinator
    UC Davis is recruiting a program coordinator as we expand our CURE offerings in the First Year Seminars Program. The position includes directing a wet lab "CURE incubator" for biology-focused seminars but will also encourage and support the development of a wide range of disciplines offering CUREs in this flexible and unique venue.
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The materials on this website are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. 1154681 and 1730273.

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