Research-Based “CURE” Courses at Brown
Have you considered getting involved in research during your time at Brown? Do you want to take courses that emphasize learning real-world skills and applying them to authentic research projects? If so, CURE courses are a great place to start exploring authentic research! CURE stands for course-based undergraduate research experience. Unlike other mentored research experiences, you don’t have to contact a professor or apply - just simply enroll in a research-based course that appeals to you. It’s a great place to start building your skill set and learn more about what it means to do research in STEM fields.
Examples of Research Projects in CUREs:
In ENGN 1860, students documented their R&D projects in blog posts you can find on this course page.
In CLPS 1591, students use a virtual reality system to test their own hypothesis about visual systems.
In BIOL 1555, students use data science and informatics to investigate a novel question related to biomedical research or health care.
“I really enjoyed the semi-independent research aspect of the course, as well as the fact that we were able to do something new that no one had done before.”
- Student in BIOL 0285
“Taking on a self directed semester-long project prepared me for what work is like after graduation. I learned how to work with others productively and use our collective minds to be more creative. It was also very satisfying to make something I am proud of. This project was my favorite part of this semester!”
- Student in ENGN 1860
At the end of the semester, students in CURE courses present their projects at a poster session. This experience will help you develop your scientific communication skills and practice for what it is like to present your work at a scientific meeting/conference. For examples of these posters, check out the Brown Digital Repository Collection.
CURE Course Offerings:
BIOL 0190R: Phage Hunters, Part I (first-year seminar)
BIOL 0600: Genetic Screening in Model Organisms
BIOL 1515/2015: Conservation in the Genomics Age
CLPS1195: Life Under Water in the Anthropocene
NEUR 1630: Open-Source Big Data Neuroscience Lab
BIOL 0190S: Phage Hunters, Part II (first-year seminar)
BIOL 0285: Inquiry in Biochemistry: From Gene to Protein Function
BIOL 0440: Inquiry in Plant Biology: Analysis of Plant Growth, Reproduction and Adaptive Responses
BIOL 1555: Methods in Informatics and Data Science for Health
BIOL 0940G: Antibiotic Drug Discovery: Identifying Novel Soil Microbes to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
CHEM 0500: Inorganic Chemistry
CLPS 1591: Experimental analysis of vision for action and vision for perception: Are there separate mechanisms?
ENGN 1860: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
If you have more questions about CURE courses, contact [email protected]