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Name of Collaboratory :


Collaboratory for Undergraduate Research and Education (CURE)


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 1996 End Date : 1997 Info Last Updated : Thu, Dec 9 2010 5:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Virtual Learning Community  

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Domain(s) :

  HUMANITIES >Teaching Fields >Science Education  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The Collaboratory for Undergraduate Research and Education (CURE) was a coalition of regional colleges and universities formulated to represent a full gamut of institutional types and missions, specifically in regard to their undergraduate liberal education programs.

The project's mission was improving undergraduate science education at all levels of instruction by supporting:

learning science by doing science
interacting with real data, professional scientists, etc.
working and learning collaboratively
project-oriented and interdisciplinary work

In 1996-97, the EMSL Collaboratory participated in the CURE effort and held a series of workshops to frame the issues and challenges for scalable, Internet-based research/education collaborations. These workshops focused on faculty development, curricular reform, and student-centered engagement with the scientific work. The results of these workshops were reported in the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly. We also completed several small pilot projects.


A consortium of northwest colleges and universities under joint NSF and DOE sponsorship working to develop a Collaboratory for Undergraduate Research and Education (CURE) that would provide a model for linking undergraduate institutions with national laboratories and other major research facilities (and with each other) to bring state-of-the art instruments and techniques, and real-world applications of science into the undergraduate experience.

Starting with a series of workshops and proceeding with some "simple" collaborative interactions, the project's goal was to identify solutions to the technological, cultural, institutional, and other issues that arise in creating large (scalable), diverse, multi-institutional Collaboratories aimed to enhance the education and research experience of undergraduate students, improve scientific literacy, provide faculty development opportunities, and help train the next generation of scientists.


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Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Department of Energy (DOE)

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Communications Technology Used :

  Electronic notebooks, videoconferencing, remote lectures, remote running on mass spectroscopy.  

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  Key Articles :  

National Research Council, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications (1999). Impact of Advances in Computing and Communications Technologies on Chemical Science and Technology: Report of a Workshop. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.


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