ECURE Ideas

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During ECURE Community of Practice meetings, fellows develop new ideas for expanding the use of undergraduate research in general education courses.  Below are suggestions from recent brainstorming sessions. 

Strategies for Strengthening Department Buy-In

Conduct implementation presentations at departmental meeting.  If possible, these implementations would be from courses in the same department.  Where not possible, we can seek out implementations from similar disciplines.  

Publish Individual Implementations.  ECURE supports several Senior Publication Fellows each summer.  These fellowships will come with a $3K stipend, plus support for collating and analyzing impact data. 

Invite Guest Speakers.  If you know of an expert in your field who utilizes course-based undergraduate research, ECURE would be interested in funding an honorarium for them to speak to your department (by zoom). 

ECURE Presentation at departmental or other meeting.  Many faculty members shy away from CUREs because they feel it would eat up to much course content time.  As you know, ECURE provides an alternative, with the PREP and the PARTIAL levels taking less course time than the FULL.  There are several ways we can better communicate this to faculty.  First, we can share the video links for past implementation presentations. Second, we can present the ECURE model at departmental faculty meetings.  Third, we will host ECURE Informational Meetings in the spring prior to the deadline for the ECURE Call for Participation.  These meetings will include current and past implementation fellows to help explain the challenges and opportunities. Finally, we will look for existing teaching/learning series where we can present the ECURE model. 

Chair Meetings.  ECURE Leadership Team members would be delighted to meet with your department chair and/or other departmental leadership to discuss the advantages of course-based undergraduate research in general education courses.

Potential ECURE Collaborations.  Below are some ideas for building cross-disciplinary or cross-course collaborations focused on undergraduate research

Cross-disciplinary partnership between a course that designs the research and collects the data (for instance, an ecology course), and another course (for instance, a math or stats course) that will analyze the data.

Same-discipline partnership between a course that designs the research and collects the data (for instance, a lower-division biology course), and another course in the same discipline (for instance, an upper division ecology course) that will analyze the data and report back to the lower-division course.

Partnership between two courses, where one course creates the research tool(s) for the other (for instance, computer science students write data collection/organization/analysis code for a chemistry course conducting research).

Collaboration where students in one course provide peer instruction to students in another (for instance, students in a statistics introduce foundational stats concepts to students in an lower-division economics course).

Peer review partnership, where students in an upper-division course provide peer-review to student presentations or papers from a lower-division course in the same discipline.

Communications partnerships, where students in a communications course (for instance, technical writing) practice on research products created from a lower-division course (for instance, an introductory engineering course).

Culturally responsive research partnerships, where students in a humanities or social science course partner with students in a physical science to design a research project focused on social equity.

End-of-semester course-based research conference, where students in CUREs present their research/findings to peers and faculty members.

Cross-institutional collaborations, where students from UNM collaborate with students from another campus, college or university, bringing the strengths of both institutions together to create a more innovative research project.

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