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Tuesday, October 10 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Expanding the CURE: Broadening Participation in Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences in STEM (30 mins)

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Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) provide an alternative to the apprenticeship model for high impact research immersion experiences. CUREs promote some of the same key learning outcomes as apprenticeships while increasing STEM retention and success. They are integrated into the curriculum and, therefore, deliver research immersion experiences in a structure that promotes inclusivity. The La Verne Keck Research Immersion Experience is a newly implemented program created to expand the benefits of the CURE model by developing technology intensive lower and upper division CUREs across a variety of STEM and associated disciplines (anthropology, kinesiology, and sociology). Successful achievement of program goals will yield implementation of eight CUREs taught by recruited faculty, pre-post gains in student learning outcomes, and gains in how well each CURE meets the key elements of the CURE model. Rolling implementation over a 3-year period was adopted, with the first four CUREs implemented in spring of 2017. Evaluations are being conducted using pre-post data on students' self-assessment of attitudes and scientific skills using the CURE survey, as well as at least one objective measure of skill in research design. Faculty teaching CUREs will be surveyed regarding the benefits, challenges, and faculty attributes associated with successful implementation. Common themes amongst faculty will be identified, analyzed, and compared to available data from programs at other institutions. Assessments will include students and faculty along with the impact on learning outcomes in order to provide guidance for future faculty to adopt the CURE model for their institution.

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Sarah Dunn

Associate Professor of Kinesiology, University of La Verne

Vanessa Preisler

Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, University of La Verne

Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am MDT
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