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CSU seeks to infuse research into undergrad STEM curricula

February 12, 2011

Category: A Closer Look

The Council on Undergraduate Research recently selected a consortium of nine CSU campuses to participate in its initiative to “institutionalize” research opportunities for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Many students presenting research at the recent CSU Biotechnology Symposium said the experiences fueled their passion, built their confidence and helped them progress academically.

To varying degrees throughout the CSU’s 23 campuses, undergraduate learning is infused with the challenges of pursuing a hypothesis down a rigorous line of research. Officials expect the workshop to help the CSU do the following:

  • Quantify the impact of undergraduate research on student access, retention, graduation and success in STEM.
  • Identify comprehensive and cost-effective ways to help embed undergraduate research experiences into the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Develop strategies to build and strengthen connections between individual undergraduate research programs on CSU’s campuses.

Details, including the campuses involved, are in this CSU news release.


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