Initial Publication Date: October 8, 2018

CURE Institute - Alabama State University

August 8-10, 2019

The Application Deadline has passed.
Accepted participants should confirm their registration by August 5, 2019.

Alabama State university and the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Network (CUREnet) invite you to a CURE Institute. During the Institute, participants will learn about and use evidence-based instructional strategies to develop plans, instructional materials, and assessment tools for integrating a science research project into their science laboratory course. Emphasis will be on the life sciences, but participants from other natural sciences and the social sciences are welcomed.

The institute will be hosted by Kennedy Wekesa and facilitated by Dr. Erin Dolan (University of Georgia), who are principal investigators of CUREnet2, the next phase of development of a national network of people and programs creating, teaching, and assessing CUREs.

Institute Goals

The overarching goal of the CURE Institutes is to build faculty capacity to design and implement CUREs in the natural and social sciences. All institute sessions are designed based on research on learning in general and undergraduate research experiences in particular, will make use of active learning and equitable teaching strategies, interspersed with time for participants to apply what they are learning to design their CUREs and get feedback on their design.


The Institute will run DATES:

  • 9 AM to 5 PM Thursday, August 8
  • 9 AM to 5 PM Friday, August 9
  • 9 AM to 11:30 AM Saturday, August 10
Please make arrangements to attend all Institute sessions.


What are the participants expected to do:

  • BEFORE: Register for the Institute and respond to a handful of pre-Institute planning questions
  • DURING: Actively participate in all sessions, draft a CURE project entry on the CUREnet site (each session will include time to do this), and complete a brief end-of-Institute evaluation form
  • AFTER: Teach their CURE and complete their CURE project entry on the CUREnet site within one year of completing the Institute
All Institute participants will receive a certificate of acknowledgment.


There are no costs for participating in the Institute. Breakfast will be provided all days of the Institute and lunch will be provided on Thursday and Friday. Participants must cover any travel and dinner costs.

Application and Selection Criteria

Any individual who plans to teach a CURE in the natural or social sciences is eligible to apply. A CURE involves an entire class of undergraduate students in addressing a research question or problem that is of interest to a broader community, such as the scientific community or other stakeholder outside the classroom (e.g., a community organization such as a watershed group). Individuals who are new to CURE instruction, who are teaching introductory level courses, and/or who are teaching at colleges or universities that enroll traditionally under-served populations (e.g., under-represented minority students, first-generation college students) will be prioritized.


This CURE Institute will be held on the Alabama State University campus (Acrobat (PDF) 721kB Jun11 19) in the Life Science Building Room 124 of the (1627 Harris Way, Montgomery, AL). The opening session will be in the auditorium in the same building. Parking is available in the acadome parking area across the street.

Participants must make their own travel and lodging arrangements. Nearby hotels include Renaissance by Marriott Hotel Montgomery (201 Tallapoosa Street, 334-481-5000 or 1-800-916-1392), DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Montgomery (120 Madison Avenue, 334-245-2320 or 1-800-445-8667), Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Montgomery (100 Commerce Street, 334-265-1000 or 1-800-445-8667), Embassy Suites by Hilton Montgomery (300 Tallapoosa Street, 334-269-5055 or 1-800-445-8667), and Staybridge Suites Downtown Montgomery (IHG Hotel; 275 Lee Street, 334-532-0700 or 1-877-238-8889).

For More Information

For more information about the Institute, please contact Erin Dolan (

nsf CUREnet and CUREnet2 are supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers 1450729 (2011-2016) and 1730273 (2017-2010). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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