How do we ensure that all undergraduate students at CUNY get a taste of research excellence? Because participation in research by undergraduates has been demonstrated to be a high-impact educational practice, creative ways are needed to integrate this experience into the curriculum in order to broaden participation. This summer, two National Science Foundation grants were awarded to CUNY faculty and administrators to do just that. These grants, from the Division of Undergraduate Education, aim to integrate research experiences into science courses across the University at both 4-year and community colleges.
Both of the awarded grants were part of the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science program, and were 2 of only 30 Type 2 grants given nationally in the last round. Professor Sally Hoskins (CCNY) was awarded a grant to expand the C.R.E.A.T.E. (Consider, Read, Elucidate hypotheses, Analyze and interpret data, Think of the next Experiment), which she developed. Professor Theodore Muth (Brooklyn College) and University Associate Dean Avrom Caplan (CUNY Central) were awarded a grant to introduce authentic genomics research into the undergraduate curriculum across the University. The genomics project aims to map microbial populations across New York City using students to both gather and analyze the data.
More information on the grants can be found by visiting www.cuny.edu/research.html. Faculty should contact Drs. Hoskins, Muth or Caplan for more information about how to use these novel teaching tools in their courses.