Undergraduate Research Course Redesign Institute

NCUR2019-CJ-STUDENTSCourse-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, or CUREs, involve students in a class engaging in original research projects that have the potential to be disseminated beyond the course (for example, an exhibition, a performance, a conference presentation, a publication). Research shows that CUREs are effective in many different disciplines and for students at all levels, including the first year. As one scholar notes, "Undergraduate demand for research positions far exceeds supply;" CUREs can help provide a solution to this problem.

Undergraduate research is a high-impact practice for students, and KSU is committed to supporting students in research through the "It's About Engagement" initiative.

The purpose of this Course Redesign Institute is to help faculty design or redesign courses so that they are aligned with the definitions and guidelines for the "It's About Engagement" initiative. Faculty in this Institute will participate in an intensive, week-long experience where they will learn about designing CUREs. Time will be provided for participants to create or re-create a syllabus for a course they are planning to teach over the next year. Faculty accepted to this Institute will be paid a stipend of $1,500 upon completion of the requirements. 

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Undergraduate Research Course Redesign Institute. If you have any other questions, please contact our@kennesaw.edu

  • At the end of this Institute, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe best practices in course design and apply those practices to a course they will teach over the next year.
    2. Describe the "It's About Engagement" initiative at KSU.
    3. Summarize the literature on CUREs (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences), including benefits and best practices in structuring them.
    4. Create a syllabus for a course they will teach over the next year that incorporates an undergraduate research experience that can be disseminated outside of the class.
    5. Develop an assignment for reflection on the undergraduate research experience, consistent with guidelines for the "It's About Engagement" initiative.

    On the final day, participants share their newly (re)designed artifacts. These artifacts may include a syllabus, course activities, assessments, and/or rubrics.

  • The most recent offering of this Institute was May 11-15, 2020. Future institutes have not been scheduled but will be announced here. The Institute will be 8:00am - 5:00pm each day with the last day (Friday) as a half-day. 
  • Each accepted faculty member will receive $1,500 for their participation in this Institute as long as the requirements are met.
  • All full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and lecturers who are under contract to teach during the semester the course will be delivered are eligible to apply.
  • Complete the application form (which will be posted here when there are future Institutes). 
  • In order to receive the stipend, faculty who are accepted into this Institute must do the following: 

    1. Attend the Institute (4.5 days) in its entirety.
    2. Produce a revised syllabus with an undergraduate research experience for a course to be taught in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021. The projects in the course should be able to be disseminated (e.g., presentation, publication, performance, exhibition) outside of the class.
    3. Show evidence of scaffolding (Shanahan et al., 2015) for the undergraduate research project in the course.
    4. Produce guidelines for a reflection assignment in the course.

    (Note: Time will be allotted in the Institute for participants to work on their syllabus and assignments)


    Shanahan, J. O., Ackley-Holbrook, E., Hall, E., Stewart, K., & Walkington, H. (2015). Ten salient practices of undergraduate research mentors: A review of the literature. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 23, 359–376.

  • All applicants will be notified of the decision within one week of the deadline.
  • Yes; any for-credit course can be used for this course redesign institute. The courses can be introductory, intermediate, Directed Studies, capstones, etc. 
  • The Institute is open to all faculty who teach in all delivery modalities (online, blended, face-to-face). 
  • Yes! We encourage all faculty who are interested in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) to apply for this Institute. This includes faculty who have never done this before as well as faculty who are already doing this but would like more information about improving the experience for their students.