Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

Integrating research into the undergraduate curriculum

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MAY 15

8AM – 4 PM EST

Elliott University Center 

on the campus of UNCG 

Discussions on:

  • CURE Design
  • Sustainability of CUREs from year to year
  • Assessment of the impact of CUREs

Keynote Address:

“Finding your own pathway to CURE development and enhancement.”

Dr. Karen Resendes 

Associate Dean of Assessment & First-Year Experiences, Westminster College 

Dr. Karen Resendes began her career as an undergraduate researcher, working in cell biology laboratories at the College of William and Mary and the National Cancer Institute. Those experiences led her to obtain a PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry at Brown University and as a postdoc at UC San Diego and San Diego State University she developed a passion for teaching and working with undergraduate researchers. As a Professor of Biology at a Westminster College she has mentored over 50 individual undergraduate researchers, while simultaneously developing CUREs in 300 and 400 level courses to broaden the impact of research to more students and as a training program leading toward individual projects. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Resendes has worked nationally to promote undergraduate research through various roles in the Biology Division and Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research. In her time as chair of the CUR Biology Division she helped shepherd the development of the MIRIC program: Mentoring the Integration of Research into the Curriculum, which provides support for faculty at colleges across the country new to the use of CUREs and those seeking to refine and assess such experiences. In partnership with CUR Biology, she has delivered numerous workshops and presentations on CURE development at AAC&U and CUR conferences as well as disciplinary specific meetings. In addition, Dr. Resendes has individually implemented institution-based trainings on the incorporation of CUREs at any level and in any discipline. Her keynote session will focus on the many possible iterations of CUREs and how to find best pathway to develop and refine a CURE in your own individual and institutional context. 
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2024 UNC System-wide Undergraduate Research Development Summit

Schedule Overview

       Wednesday May 15 Elliot University Center
8:00 – 9:00Registration and Check InAlexander
9:00 – 10:10Opening Plenary SessionAlexander
10:10 – 10:20Coffee Break 
10:20 – NoonConcurrent Sessions 1 & 2Alexander and Claxton
Noon – 1:00Networking Lunch 
1:00 – 2:40Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4Alexander and Claxton
2:40 – 2:50Break 
2:50 – 3:15Closing Plenary SessionAlexander

Full Schedule

May 15Elliott University Center
Plenary SessionAlexander
(9:00 – 10:10)Welcome Lee Phillips, UNCG, and Millie Worku, NC A&TOmar Ali, UNCGAndrew Hamiliton, UNCGJennifer Gerz-Escandon, UNC System Office Keynote Address Finding your own pathway to CURE development and enhancement Karen Resendes, Westminster College
(10:10 – 10:20)  Coffee Break  
Session 1 (10:20 – Noon)Claxton
10:20A Model for Sustainable CURE to Promote Faculty Research and Student Gains Lance Barton, UNC Charlotte
10:40Project Based Research Experience for Undergraduates in Data Science Learning Yufang Bao, Fayetteville State University
11:00Lessons Learned: Majors and non-majors Tiny Earth implementation Stephanie Mathews, NCSU
11:20Implementation of CUREs in Chemistry Labs with Support of the CUR Transformations Project Jerry Walsh, Dan Christen, and Pradyumna Pradhan, UNC Greensboro
Session 2 (10:30 – Noon)Alexander
10:20Administrative Buy In, Not What You Say But How You Say It Troy Purdom, NC A&T
10:40Group-based CUREs in a Psychology Research and Statistics Sequence Candalyn Rade and Mark O’Dekirk, Meredith College
11:00Introducing Undergraduates to the Journal Article Rohit Singh, UNC Greensboro
11:20Our Bodies have Stories to Tell: Integrating applied theatre as research method in the college classroom Lalenja Harrington, UNC Greensboro
11:40Engaging Students Learning Through Community Engaged Citizen Science Research Tobin Walton, Anderson Bean and Stephanie Teixeira-Piot, NC A&T
(Noon – 1:00)  Networking Lunch  
Session 3 (1:00 – 2:40)Claxton
1:00The Value of Process for Course-Based Undergraduate Research in the Humanities Karen Weyler, UNC Greensboro
1:20Composing Across Borders: Documentary Filmmaking through Indigenous Research Methodology Kefaya Diab, UNC Charlotte
1:40Engaging Adult Learners in Undergraduate Research Geleana Alston, NC A&T, Tyechia Paul, FSU, and Erin Lynch
2:00Accessing the minds of the neurodivergent through diverse CURE based learning Richard Allen White III, UNC Charlotte
2:20“The CURE-M Program” a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience Institute with Culturally Responsive Mentor Training at Two HBCUs Anna Lee, Millie Worku, Sherrice Allen, and Geleana Alston, NC A&T, and Kacey DiGiacinto, Andre Stevenson, and Margaret Young, ECS
Session 4 (1:00 – 2:40)Alexander
1:00Enhancing CURE Courses: Leveraging OneNote Class Notebook as an Electronic Laboratory Notebook Michaela Gazdik Stofer and Stephanie Matthews, NCSU
1:20The Trifecta of Course-Based Undergraduate Research, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Traditional Undergraduate Research: Finding the “Sweet Spot” Chad Hallyburton, Marian Da Costa, and Dezirae Rodriguiz, Western Carolina University
1:40The Influence of Undergraduate Research Courses on Student Engagement and Critical Thinking Jessica Han and Pameeka Smith-Pearson, NC A&T
2:00CUPA-CURE: An adaptable, computational biology research experience Amanda Storm, WCU, and Amanda Hulse-Kemp, USDA
2:20Integrating CURES, Traditional Undergraduate Research, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to Engage Students and Improve Pedagogy Chad Hallyburton and Mariana Da Costa, WCU
Plenary Session (2:50 – 3:15)  Alexander
Closing Remarks – Lee Phillips and Millie Worku    
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full Program with Abstracts

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