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2019 CURE Fellowship Announcement

Smith Institute for Applied Research at Johnson C. Smith University announces the Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Fellowship Q&A webinar.

The Smith Institute for Applied Research is introducing a new fellowship and grant program to support course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE). Course-based undergraduate experiences are research projects that are integrated into the course curriculum and engage the whole class in addressing a research question or problem. According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, undergraduate research is a high impact practice that prepares our students for careers and graduate study. Through course-based research projects, students acquire valuable skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, leadership, oral and written communication, technology and analysis, and professional work ethics that are in-demand by top employers.

In order to promote student engagement in course-based undergraduate research and support the University’s priority of creating a culture and curriculum for undergraduate (and graduate) research as identified by the Quality Enhancement Plan, the Smith Institute for Applied Research will introduce the CURE Grant Fellowship program. This program will provide support in the form of workshops for faculty and teaching staff to significantly redesign their course curriculum to include course-based research projects. By participating in six workshops, faculty will develop a strategy for imparting research knowledge and skills to their students. Faculty/teaching staff selected for the fellowship program will receive a $1000 stipend for their participation. Completion of the CURE Fellowship program, including participation in all workshop sessions and timely submission of all deliverables, is required in order to process payment of the stipend.

Faculty/teaching staff will submit a brief application expressing interest in participating in the fellowship program. Up to ten participants will be selected based on their desire to restructure their course(s) to include course work and instruction that facilitates student research activity. All disciplines/departments encouraged to apply. We hope to identify new fellows that we have not worked with before and connect with departments/colleges that have historically participated less in Smith Institute/GSPAR programming. A maximum of 10 CURE Fellows will be selected for participation. To be eligible for consideration, all applicants must attend an online informational webinar on March 7th or 14th from 11-11:30 or March 8th or 15th from 12-12:30.

Participants must attend one workshop a week on either 11a-12p on Thursdays or 12p-1p on Fridays. Additionally, CURE fellows will be required to spend one hour of independent work time a week in Carnegie preparing their required deliverables. These workshops will introduce participants to the benefits of CURE and support you as you design a course -based research project.

1. Complete a course syllabus that identifies relevant literature and instruction that students need to successfully complete the course-based research assignment;
2. Develop a course-based research project for students and provide a 1-page summary of the project with detailed project steps;
3. Identify/Summarize expected learning objectives and appropriate assessment plan for the course-based research project;
4. Complete an IRB application where applicable; and
5. Submit an evaluation form of CURE Fellowship to assist Smith Institute as we continue to develop this and other research related programs for faculty, staff, and students.


March 22 Application due at 12:00 PM
March 26 Fellows announced
April 4 (11-12:00) and April 5 (12-1:00) Workshop #1
April 11 (11-12:00) and April 12 (12-1:00) Workshop #2
May 2 (11-12:00) and 3 (12-1:00) Workshop #3
May 9 (11-12:00) and 10 (12-1:00) Workshop #4
May 16 (11-12:00) and 17 (12-1:00) Workshop #5
May 23 (11-12:00) and 24 (12-1:00) Workshop #6
May 31 Deliverables due

After completing the six-week workshop series, Fellows will submit the materials they prepared during the fellowship program for consideration for a CURE grant. Up to $20,000 will be awarded. Individual CURE Grant awards will average between $500-$2,500 and can be used to support course-based research related expenses such as participant stipends, software, technology, textbooks, and dissemination. More details of the CURE Grant will be provided in
late Spring 2019.


Tiffany Taylor ttaylor@jcsu.edu

Dr. Tara Bengle tsbengle@jcsu.edu

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