National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute on Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

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National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute on Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

Time: June 28, 2015 at 5pm to July 2, 2015 at 2pm
Location: University of Texas at Austin
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Phone: 512-232-8346
Event Type: professional, development, session
Organized By: Erin Dolan
Latest Activity: Feb 25, 2015

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Event Description

The Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES; at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) is joining forces with the National Academies Summer Institute ( to offer an intensive professional development session for faculty to develop their own CUREs. Modeled on the National Academies Summer Institutes, the CURE SI will be a working meeting during which participants will learn about and use evidence-based teaching strategies to develop a CURE they will teach at their home institution during the 2015-2016 academic year. Working sessions will focus on the features of science research projects that lend themselves to CUREs, and on teaching CUREs using evidence-based teaching strategies, such as active learning, assessment, and mentoring. Each participant or participating team will have an experienced CURE instructor as an onsite facilitator and distant mentor as they teach their CUREs during the academic year. 

The CURE SI will be held at UT-Austin from June 28 to July 2, 2015. The following costs will be covered:

  • On-site meeting expenses and teaching resources
  • Dinner on arrival night, June 28, 2015
  • Breakfast and lunch each day
  • Lodging for attending teams (not including graduate teaching assistants) 

We are accepting proposals from teams representing any science disciplines. Priority will be placed on:

  • Applications from teams.
  • Applications from diverse institutions.
  • Proposals to develop CUREs that will enroll freshmen or sophomores.
  • Proposals to develop CUREs for science majors. 

As indicated on the application, selected participants are expected to teach their CURE, either as a stand-alone course, as part of an existing course, or in place of an existing course during the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of support from the relevant department head(s). The CURE Summer Institute application and letter of support templates are attached to this post (invitation,application, letter of support template) and available at:

Review of applications will begin March 2 and applicants will be notified regarding their status of their application by March 16. Please contact us at with any questions. 

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