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.