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Undergraduate Research

Resources for course-based undergraduate research experiences


  1. Gentile, James, Kerry Brenner, and Amy Stephens. 2017. Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
  2. Govindan, B., Pickett, S., & Riggs, B. (2020) Fear of the CURE: A Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Barriers in Creating a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 21(2), DOI:
  3. Hall, E., Walkington, H., Shanahan, J. O., Ackley, E. &  Stewart, K. (2018) Mentor perspectives on the place of undergraduate research mentoring in academic identity and career development: an analysis of award winning mentors, International Journal for Academic Development, 23(1), 15-27, DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2017.1412972
  4. Healy, M. & Jenkins, A. (2009) Developing undergraduate research and inquiry. The Higher Education Academy. Retrieved from
  5. Hensel, N. 2018. Course-Based Undergraduate Research: Educational Equity and High-Impact Practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  6. Mekolichick, J. & Bellamy, J. (2012) Research experiences for undergraduates: Student presenter’s perceptions of mentoring and conference presentation by college generational status and sex. Perspectives on Undergraduate Research Mentoring 1(2). retrieved from 
  7. Shanahan, J. O. (2018) Mentoring Strategies that Support Underserved Students in Undergraduate Research. In Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, Edited by J. Moore, M. Vandermaas Peeler, & P. Miller. Washington, DC: Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
  8. Shanahan, J. O.,  Ackley-Holbrook, E., Hall, E., Stewart, K. & Walkington, H. (2015) Ten Salient Practices of Undergraduate Research Mentors: A Review of the Literature, Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 23:5, 359-376, DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2015.1126162
  9. Shortlidge E. Brownell, S. (2016) How to Assess Your CURE: A Practical Guide for Instructors of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 17(3), 399-408 DOI:
  10. Spronken-Smith, R. A., Brodeur, J. J., Kajaks, T., Luck, M., Myatt, P., Verburgh, A., Walkington, H., & Wuetherick, B. (2013). Completing the Research Cycle: A Framework for Promoting Dissemination of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal1(2), 105–118.
  11. Wilson, A., Howitt S. & Higgins D. (2016) Assessing the unassessable: making learning visible in undergraduates’ experiences of scientific research, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(6), 901-916, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1050582
  12. Wilson, A., Howitt S. & Higgins D. (2016b) A fundamental misalignment: intended learning and assessment practices in undergraduate science research projects, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(6), 869-884, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1048505