Institutional Partners Announced for CUR Transformations Project

12 Institutions, 24 Departments to Help Create Research-Based Undergraduate Curricula in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology

CUR announces the selection of 12 institutional partners for its Transformations Project funded by the National Science Foundation (Award no. 1625354):

  • Bradley University, Peoria, IL
  • Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
  • Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
  • Radford University, Radford, VA
  • Rice University, Houston, TX
  • Smith College, Northampton, MA
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • University of California–Riverside, Riverside, CA
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
  • Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

With the assistance of CUR consultants and the principal investigators, the institutions will create cohesive, research-based undergraduate curricula in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. They also will work with educational researchers to conduct fundamental research on student, faculty, departmental, and disciplinary influences on the process of integrating and scaffolding undergraduate research experiences throughout the curriculum. Transformations in student learning and the learning environment at the department, school, and college level will be pursued at the participating institutions.

“We are thrilled with the energy and commitment of these 12 institutions to modify their STEM curricula,” said Mitch Malachowski, professor of chemistry at the University of San Diego and lead principal investigator for the project. “We look forward to working with them on this transformational change.”

CUR received nearly 90 proposals in response to its national Request for Proposals issued in January 2017. These were iteratively evaluated and narrowed through a three-stage review process before the final 12 institutions were selected. The principal investigators for the project are Malachowski, Kerry K. Karukstits (Harvey Mudd College), Jillian Kinzie (Indiana University), Jeffrey M. Osborn (The College of New Jersey), and Elizabeth L. Ambos (CUR).


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