CURE Institute - North Carolina Central University

May 17-19, 2018

This institute has already occurred.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) 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. Gail Hollowell (NCCU) and facilitated by Dr. Erin Dolan (University of Georgia), who is the 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 these dates and times, with breakfast starting at 8:30 am:

  • 9 AM to 5 PM Thursday, May 17
  • 9 AM to 5 PM Friday, May 18
  • 9 AM to 12:30 PM Saturday, May 19
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, lodging, 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 North Carolina Central University campus, in Room 2235 of the Mary M. Townes Science Building, 1900 Concord, St., Durham, NC 27707. Look for the Townes Science Building on the campus map or building #38 on this downloadable campus map: NCCU campus map (Acrobat (PDF) 4.1MB May3 18) NCCU will have open parking on the days of the Institute; feel free to park anywhere except tow-away zones and reserved spots. The most convenient parking is in the upper lot behind the BRITE Building (Building 13 on this map: Campus map (Acrobat (PDF) 745kB May10 18)). The entrance is on Lawson St. Participants must make and pay for their own travel and lodging arrangements. Hotels near campus are listed in this PDF: Hotels (Acrobat (PDF) 41kB Mar22 18).

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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