What is a CURE course?

CHEM81S is based on a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) model. Through participation in this course, you will have a unique, early-career research experience that complements traditional undergraduate coursework in chemistry and focuses on a topic of interest to the greater scientific community. This will include exposure to fundamental aspects of research in Biological Chemistry and Chemical Biology through a combination of lectures and multi-week laboratory experiments.

What are the goals of a CURE course?

  1. The CURE model aims to improve student persistence, success, and retention in STEM-related fields (1). This is achieved through development of technical skills and exposure to core concepts, helping students to build their confidence as scientists (2).
  2. CURE courses provide a unique alternative to traditional research internships, giving students more ownership over their research (3).
  3. Students will be asked to participate in discovery-guided research, developing and testing novel inquiries and hypothesis (2). This requires engagement with scientific practices:
    • Reading scientific literature
    • Designing experiments
    • Collecting and analyzing data
    • Collaborating in research
    • Communicating results and interpretations thereof



(1) Rodenbusch, S. E.; Hernandez, P. R.; Simmons, S. L.; Dolan, E. L. Early Engagement in Course-Based Research Increases Graduation Rates and Completion of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Degrees. CBE Life Sci Educ 2016, 15 (2). https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.16-03-0117.

(2) Dolan, E. L. (2016). Course-based undergraduate research experiences: Current knowledge and future directions. Washington, DC: National
Research Council. https://sites.nationalacademies.org/cs/groups/dbassesite/documents/webpage/dbasse_177288.pdf

(3) Hanauer, D. I., & Dolan, E. L. (2014). The Project Ownership Survey: Measuring differences in scientific inquiry experiences. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 13(1), 149–158. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.13-06-0123.