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Undergraduate Research

Resources for course-based undergraduate research experiences

CURE Guide for Instructors

For credit undergraduate research experiences (URE) have been touted as a way to democratize the distribution of opportunities for undergraduate students to gain research experience. UREs also bridge  faculties’ specialized expertise and their pedagogical practice. For credit undergraduate research experiences can include but is not limited to course based undergraduate research experiences (CURE), capstone projects, honours theses, ETC.

While there are countless reasons to design and incorporate for credit undergraduate research experiences, a few reasons include an increase in student confidence, critical analytical skills, and collaborative skills, as well as greater student engagement in academic inquiry.

What follows is a guide to designing, mentoring/supervising, and assessing for credit undergraduate research opportunities along with an exploration of concerns and issues pertinent to undergraduate research.