Integrating Research into the Curriculum

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Involving undergraduate students in authentic research experiences has begun to transform STEM education.  The goal is to improve learning outcomes and change student attitudes to science and research in general.  Explore the pages below to find out more about integrating research into the curriculum at CUNY.



CUNY Models

Advanced Research Experience in Microbiology >
Authentic Research Experience in Microbiology (AREM) is a modular approach to integrating genomics research into the general biology or microbiology curriculum, developed by Brooklyn College professor Theodore Muth.  

C.R.E.A.T.E. >
The C.R.E.A.T.E. (Consider, Read, Elucidate the hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data, and Think of the next Experiment) method, developed by CCNY professor Sally Hoskins, is a new teaching approach that uses intensive analysis of primary literature to demystify and humanize research science for undergraduates. The teaching/learning strategy, developed and expanded with National Science Foundation support (2003-present) promotes development of transferable analytical skills by focusing in depth on a series of papers from a single research group. C.R.E.A.T.E. builds students’ critical thinking and content integration abilities at the same time that it transforms their understanding of the research process and aspects of their epistemological beliefs (see references at www.teachcreate). Piloted at CCNY in electives for upper-level majors and entering STEM-interested freshmen, the approach has been adopted on numerous campuses in the NY/NJ/PA area.  With co PI Kristy Kenyon (College of Hobart and William Smith), Professor Hoskins is currently training 96 faculty from 2 and 4 year colleges in intensive summer workshops, as part of a national C.R.E.A.T.E. expansion on 2 and 4 year campuses.


Resources

CUREnet >
CUREnet is a network of people and programs that are creating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in biology as a means of helping students understand core concepts in biology, develop core scientific competencies, and become active, contributing members of the scientific community.

HHMI Science Education Alliance (SEA)
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance works with science educators at colleges and universities across the United States on pilot projects designed to advance science education on a national scale.

Assessment Tools:

Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) >
The CURE survey measures student experiences in “research-like” or other science courses, and may be used as a pretest-posttests or pretest only survey.

Survey of Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) >
The SURE survey consists of three parts, the Preflection, the SURE III and the Follow Up, and assesses the benefits of summer undergraduate research programs.