CURE-Purdue is accepting applications to design course-based undergraduate research

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The CURE-Purdue Professional Development Program within the Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting applications from instructors of all disciplines for the 2022-23 academic year.

CURE-Purdue seeks to increase the number of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE) on the West Lafayette campus to increase overall undergraduate student access to new and authentic research. The program also provides instructors with the time and framework to design a CURE, either by transforming an existing course or developing a new one.

According to Amy Childress, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, CUREs have a number of attractive features and yield positive outcomes for faculty and students. CUREs increase overall undergraduate research capacity by operating on a larger scale than the traditional learning model. They also increase inclusion by allowing any eligible student to enroll.

Research findings suggest additional benefits for faculty including greater enjoyment of teaching CUREs compared to traditional courses, easier integration of research and teaching, opportunity to advance their research agenda and a positive impact on promotion and tenure. Past participants have indicated that the workshop provides essential support in aligning expectations and understanding best practices is transformative for increasing equity and excellence in CURE teaching” and enabling them to “make…mentorship more effective in higher-level course-based undergraduate research.” ladder “.

The program consists of four compulsory components:

  1. A workshop in mid-June in reverse format with asynchronous preparatory work and a synchronous two-day face-to-face workshop.
  2. One-on-one consultation support from faculty mentors after the summer program.
  3. Ongoing faculty mentorship guidance and access to resources during the implementation and evaluation of their CURE.
  4. Mentorship and peer support through virtual Community of Practice luncheons during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Instructors selected for the program will earn $2,000 in unrestricted funding upon completion of the Summer Institute and course implementation over the next academic year. Applications from teams of instructors and teaching staff (including graduate teaching assistants) are welcome, but teams would receive a one-time funding stipend ($2,000) with the completion of all program requirements . Manager approval is required for participation.

Interested instructors can submit an initial application form online. Applications must be submitted on March 30 for a review that will begin on April 1. Applications will be accepted and examinations will continue until all slots are full. The program management team plans to accept up to 20 instructors/teams of instructors. Colleges can expand participation with a limited number of scholarships with full financial support from additional instructors and faculty mentors. Selected participants will complete a more detailed questionnaire regarding their research and teaching interests approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the scheduled workshop.

More information is available on the CURE-Purdue website. Instructors should direct questions about the program to Stephanie Gardner at [email protected]

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