CURE Institute - Mercy College
This institute has already occurred.
Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY) 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 Dr. Davida Smyth (Mercy College) and facilitated by Dr. Erin Dolan (University of Georgia) as part of CUREnet2, the next phase of development of a national network of people and programs creating, teaching, and assessing CUREs.
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. The Institute 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 February 16-17, 2018:
- Friday February 16, 9 am-5 pm
- Saturday February 17, 9 am-5 pm
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
There are no costs for participating in the Institute. Breakfast will be provided all days of the Institute and lunch will be provided both days. 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 Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry campus (555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522) starting in the Rotunda for the opening session and moving to MEH31 for the remainder of the Institute. Participants must make their own travel and lodging arrangements. Information about lodging options is available in this document: Lodging options near Mercy College (Acrobat (PDF) 31kB Dec19 17).
For More Information
For more information about the Institute, please contact Erin Dolan (firstname.lastname@example.org).