Undergraduate Education Program

University of La Verne

Christine Broussard
La Verne, CA
$300,000
June 2016

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, including building knowledge and skills, while increasing STEM retention and success.  Unlike most apprenticeships, however, CUREs are integrated into the curriculum and, therefore, deliver research immersion experiences in a structure that promotes inclusivity.  The University of La Verne  is a Hispanic Serving Institution with a student population comprised of many first-generation college students, students highly dependent on financial aid (more than 80%), and students with familial and financial responsibilities that would preclude participation in or attaining maximum benefit from apprenticeships.  This project will expand the benefits of the CURE model (piloted successfully in biology) by developing lower and upper division CUREs with an innovative technology intensive focus across a variety of STEM (biology, computer science, mathematics, and physics) and associated disciplines (anthropology, kinesiology, and sociology).  This program aims to develop a blueprint with evidence to support the broader adoption of CUREs in STEM and associated disciplines at institutions serving diverse student needs.

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