The CCURI model of incorporating undergraduate research (UR) into community college curricula involves engaging students from the moment they enter the classroom. The model employs a case study method of instruction in freshman coursework. The CCURI writing team develops cases that instructors can use to teach basic scientific concepts within the context of an ongoing research project. Students are then given a opportunity to explore those projects as either a CURE (Course Undergraduate Research Experience), a SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) or PURE (Program Undergraduate Research Experience). The growing CCURI network has become a rich source of collaboration on both the curricular and research side of the CCURI model. This network represents the third level of the CCURI model. In this level, students are connected to research opportunities and prospects to transfer their experience to a four-year institution as they continue to pursue their STEM career.
CCURI is supported through the National Science Foundation, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant #1524353
To learn more about the CCURI model, watch the webinar Increasing Student Achievement and Completion Rates