Initial Publication Date: March 6, 2018

CURE Institute - University of Colorado Denver

June 4-6, 2018

This institute has already occurred.

University of Colorado at Denver 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 Drs. Leo Bruederle and Laurel Hartley at CU Denver and facilitated by Dr. Erin Dolan (University of Georgia), principal investigator 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 Monday, June 4 in the Lawrence Street Center (1380 Lawrence St.)
  • 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday, June 5 in the CU Denver Building (1250 14th St.)
  • 9 AM to 12:30 PM Wednesday, June 6 in the CU Denver Building (1250 14th St.)
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 in two locations. On June 4, we will meet in the Terrace Room on the 2nd floor of the Lawrence Street Center (1380 Lawrence St., Denver). On June 5 and 6, we will meet in Rooms 1000 & 1100 in the CU Building (1250 14th St., Denver). An interactive map is available here and or click here for a downloadable campus map (Acrobat (PDF) 539kB Apr3 18). A Google map with the Marriott SpringHill Suites, Lawrence Street Center, CU Building, closest pay parking lot, and the Union Station (Wynkoop and 17th, train stop coming from the airport) can be found here. The train schedule from DIA to Union Station can be found here. It is a pleasant 15-20 walk from Union Station to the SpringHill Suites.

Participants must make their own travel and lodging arrangements. A block of rooms has been reserved at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott located on the Auraria Campus accessible from the Auraria Parkway. Please contact Erin Dolan (, Leo Bruederle (, or Laurel Hartley ( for details about how to reserve a room as part of this block.

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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