Franco Delogu, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Lawrence Technological University (also HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant recipient)
Abstract: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) is an effective pedagogical model to increase enrollment, retention and graduation of historically underserved populations of students. The CURE model makes research activity an integral part of a regular course, so all students enrolled in the course can be included in the intervention, eliminating selection and self-selection constraints to research accessibility.
In the last five years, an interdisciplinary CURE program at Lawrence Technological University transformed a significant portion of its traditional course offerings into CURE based courses, involving a large number of faculty (N ~ 30) and modifying a large number of courses (N ~ 40).
The Covid-19 health crisis severely impacted the LTU CRE program. However, with significant limitations to research implementation, the emergency also provided new opportunities to explore new settings for CURE. Dr. Delogu will describe some examples of how Covid-related constraints and the forced adaptation to virtual learning can be transformed into pedagogical tools to support inclusivity in research and amplify accessibility to all students in post-pandemic academia.