[CoP] CUREs: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (2019-2020)


Conducting research at a primarily undergraduate institution is a challenging task. Faculty need to balance teaching, research and service; often with an expectation to achieve research excellence but without the advantages of well-funded graduate programs. This presents an opportunity for faculty to think creatively and strategically about the relationship between their research and teaching.

This community of research practice is dedicated to promoting the achievement of faculty teaching and research goals by providing course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) for students. Although more commonly associated with STEM programs, CUREs are employed across many disciplines. For faculty members, CURE courses can lead to innovations in teaching and advancement of their research programs. For students, CURE courses lead to increased understanding of disciplinary research processes and specific research topics as well as greater fluency in most, if not all, of the nine Marshall  University Baccalaureate Profile Outcomes.

This community of research practice began as a faculty learning community (FLC) in January of 2016. Since then, participants have been teaching CURE courses. In this community, experienced participants provide guidance and support by sharing their experiences, challenges, and achievements with others – especially those who are new to the idea of a CURE course. Additionally, they assist one another in identifying aspects of research programs that can be appropriately incorporated into a teaching load while simultaneously enhancing the faculty member’s research, scholarly, and creative activities.


This community of practice meets from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm in Old Main 109 on the following dates: October 1, October 15, October 29, November 12, and December 3. Meeting dates for the spring semester will be determined by the participants of the community.


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