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Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) for Higher Education in Science

  • Chemistry Building (091) room 0112 (Marker seminar room) (map)

This semester the CMNS TLC will host a seminar with Gabriela Weaver, a chemistry professor from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Gabriela is the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and the Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) at the UMass Amherst. Gabriela is a national leader in science education research. She envisioned and organized the first Transforming Education conference, an international meeting on the subject of transforming STEM undergraduate education by applying research-based findings to actual classroom practice. Her previous accomplishments also include development of a model for undergraduate chemistry laboratory instruction that engages first- and second-year students in actual scientific research by including them as participants in research projects (NSF-funded CASPiE project). To learn more about Gabriela, visit

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The role of the laboratory in teaching science courses has received attention anew as higher education budgets continue to tighten across the country.  While many faculty members and researchers hope that students will learn about critical thinking and the link between data and scientific claims, typical laboratory courses are taught using prescriptive methods that simplify the logistics of running these courses, but do little to achieve these learning goals.  It is both possible and beneficial, to students and faculty, to integrate real research into required, mainstream laboratory courses in the sciences.  In this presentation, I will discuss recent work by the National Academies of Science on the subject of CUREs.  I will also provide some examples of courses that have been carried out in this way in both chemistry and the biological sciences, as well as data about student learning.


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