Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences at HBCUs
Lawrence O. Flowers, PhD

Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURES) is an academic mitigation strategy that has the potential to prepare HBCU undergraduate students for graduate programs in STEM and the workforce by engaging students in real-world research experiences. Given the financial obstacles faced by many HBCUs, the CURES approach is a cost-effective training method for engaging large numbers of students in relevant research projects in STEM. CURES allow students an opportunity to investigate a novel biological problem, develop a testable hypothesis, utilize specialized equipment, and obtain crucial training to generate results that positively benefit the larger scientific community. CURES in STEM offer opportunities for meaningful undergraduate mentoring experiences for HBCU students. Moreover, implementing this research-training strategy affects diversity and inclusion because every student enrolled in the department can engage in the research endeavor. CURES implementation consists of three components: 1) faculty/staff CURES curriculum training, 2) CURES-based intervention for STEM undergraduates, and 3) evaluation procedures to determine effectiveness. Future science education studies must ascertain how CURES impact HBCU student learning and interest in graduate school and the STEM workforce.

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