A CURE for promoting undergraduate research

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Science  27 Mar 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6229, pp. 1433
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6229.1433-g

In a perfect world, all undergraduate students would participate in a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). Students participating in CUREs report gains similar to those of students participating in research internships, promoting CUREs as a scalable alternative. What, exactly, do we know about the causal mechanisms underlying the efficacy of CUREs? Using a systems approach, Corwin et al. reviewed literature on CUREs and research internships, generated a comprehensive set of outcomes, and connected these outcomes to what students actually do while enrolled in a CURE. These individual outcome models were then combined into an overarching model depicting the relationships among student activities and outcomes. These models are presented with the hope that the CURE community will test and revise them.

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