Course-Based Undergraduate Research

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) engage students in addressing research questions or problems that are of interest to the academic or research community. These represent scalable laboratory learning or experiential learning that allow a whole class of students to experience the excitement of research within a discipline. Some common elements of CUREs (adapted from Ballen et al., 2017) are

  • Iteration: cycles of inquiry and critical evaluation of data and information, repeating and revising as necessary
  • Collaboration: students mimic the research process by engaging with other students and/or TAs and instructors in conversations to clarify and progress ideas
  • Discipline-based process: students learn practices of the discipline by engaging in an investigation
  • Relevance: outcomes of student research have implications, applications, or other outcomes that are relevant and interesting beyond the course
  • Discovery: students work with information to answer questions or develop ideas that are new to the students, instructor, and broader community.