One of the Undergraduate Research projects currently underway across the Maricopa Community Colleges is the STEM-CURE project.
What is STEM-CURE?
Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) are a high impact practice that integrate research into the curriculum and have been shown to increase recruitment and retention of students into STEM fields. However, very little data has been collected on the practice with community college students. MCCCD was awarded a 5-year $1,499,985 HSI grant from the National Science Foundation (HRD-1832543) to provide structure and support to integrate multi-disciplinary CUREs and measure the outcomes. This project has the potential to impact more than 3000 MCCCD community college students.
What defines a CURE?
The NSF-funded CURE network hypothesizes that the key elements of a CURE include: • The use of scientific practices • Discovery • Broadly relevant or important work • Collaboration • Iteration (building on prior knowledge, repeating experiments and using multiple approaches to address the research question).
The goals of the program are to:
- promote increased interest in STEM disciplines, especially among students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM;
- increase the recruitment and retention of students in introductory STEM courses;
- increase the number of students from two-year HSIs who transfer into STEM degree programs at four-year institutions; and
- establish cross-sector partnerships with industry to improve workforce readiness and promote interest in STEM careers among two-year HSI students.
For more information about STEM CURE, contact: