BSI can help you communicate the value and excitement of your scientific research to undergraduates and K-12 teachers.
Collaborate with us on one (or more!) of the opportunities below.
CU Boulder Faculty are integrating authentic research into the undergraduate curriculum, developing courses known as CUREs (also known as discovery-based research experiences).
Current CU Boulder CUREs:
MCDB 2171 is a new laboratory course where students participate in a project related to the research of Dr. Tin Tin Su. With her guidance, students are working to identify novel chemotherapeutics that produce additive or synergistic effects with radiation, using fruit flies as the model organism.
MCDB 1171 is a new laboratory course where students participate in a project related to the research of Dr. Corrie Detweiler. With her guidance, students are working to identify novel antibiotics by screening compounds from a library of Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs in bacteria.
Designed for beginning biology students, these courses are replacing the more traditional introductory MCDB laboratory course.
BSI has funded hundreds of undergraduate students to work as part of CU Boulder faculty research teams. These students are mentored by faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Many undergraduates become productive members of the research team, and some become co-authors on peer-reviewed scientific papers.
CU Boulder Faculty research is featured as part of BSI’s Introduction to STEM Research Methods course, ARSC 1450, offered in collaboration with the Miramontes Arts & Sciences Program. This course is designed to welcome and include first-generation and minority students in STEM research, equip them with skills and knowledge that will aid their pursuit of further studies and research experiences in STEM, and introduce them to the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of CU-Boulder faculty research.
BSI has sponsored over 200 K-12 teacher workshops featuring faculty research. Classroom science teachers are hungry for the latest in science and eager to share it with their students. About 70 CU Boulder faculty, graduate students, and post-docs have participated in BSI teacher workshops since 1990 from MCDB; EBIO; IPHY; Psychology; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Anthropology; Geography; Geology; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Aerospace Engineering; and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
CU Boulder Faculty research is featured as part of ScienceLIVE’s online services in collaboration with BSI. Highlighting field research, this interactive site allows teachers and students the opportunity to see and work with real scientific data, as required by the Next Generation Science Standards. The site currently features research on pikas, alpine hydrology and bees, and includes video footage of research as well as interviews with graduate students, post-docs and faculty.