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Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE)


Contact

Dr. Chimdimnma Esimai
CURE Program Coordinator
cesimai@bowiestate.edu

Bowie State University has built a rich infrastructure for research, teaching and learning. In the Department of Natural Sciences, the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) offer undergraduates early and extensive opportunities to become engaged in research within their fields beyond the traditional classroom setting.

CUREs engage whole classes of students in a research question or unique problem that is of interest to the scientific community. Research experience is essential to the education and professional development of undergraduate STEM majors. CURE research streams feature unique research projects, leveraging faculty expertise across the Department of Natural Science's core curriculum. CUREs offer multiple opportunities for undergraduates to explore research as a further career pathway and to develop hands-on laboratory, technical, and computational skills.

If you are a student, there is something for you. Without any GPA requirements or prior experience or knowledge, you can enroll in one of the CURE courses featured in the Department and work closely with a faculty research mentor, laboratory coordinators, and your peers within one of many exciting research streams. Check out the featured CURE course listings, and be sure to register early for the right course section.

Bowie State University has also taken the lead in a broader conversation about pedagogy and experiential learning. We have hosted faculty and institutional training workshops, designed to foster a culture of research and to teach the mechanics of developing CUREs. At Bowie State University, CURE research streams are designed to complement and build upon one another in order to enhance student learning and impact, from freshman year through senior year.

We invite you to explore our website and contact us if you would like additional information or to partner with us.

Frequent Questions

I am a current or prospective student. How do I enroll in CUREs?

CURE research projects are embedded in specific Department of Natural Sciences Courses each semester. You can check the current and past CURE course offerings to find out more about the various research streams and our CURE faculty research mentors. Current and prospective students can register for CURE courses during regular registration periods, keeping track of the course name and faculty member who will be teaching that section. While registering, you can verify by looking for “CURE Course” in the course section description.

I am a faculty member. How do I engage in CUREs?

We have hosted faculty workshops and seminar series on CUREs. If you wish to know more about upcoming events, or to request a talk or speaker, please contact the CURE Program Manager, Dr. Chimdimnma Esimai, at cesimai@bowiestate.edu

I am a high school student, parent, or educator. How do I engage in CUREs?

If you are a high school student, parent of a student, or an educator who wishes to know more about the Bowie State University CURE Program, please contact the CURE Program at cure@bowiestate.edu. If you wish to know more about upcoming outreach activities or opportunities, or to request a talk or speaker, please contact the CURE Program Manager, Dr. Chimdimnma Esimai, at cesimai@bowiestate.edu

Why should I pursue CUREs?

Research experience is essential to the education and professional development of undergraduate STEM majors. CURE courses offer research opportunities to whole classes of students in molecular biology, genetics, immunology, cell biology, genetic engineering, microbiology, bioinformatics, drug discovery, and many more research streams.