BSI can help you communicate the value and excitement of your scientific research.
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.
MCDB/IPHY 1181 is a new laboratory course, piloted spring 2019, where students participate in a research project related to the research of Dr. Christopher Lowry. The course integrates microbiology, the microbiome of the built environment (MoBE), the human microbiome, immunology, and cell biology topics and laboratory techniques into novel student research projects.
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.
Since 1990, 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 from MCDB; EBIO; IPHY; Psychology; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Anthropology; Geography; Geology; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Aerospace Engineering; and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
While BSI is no longer able to offer teacher workshops, we are grateful to these scientists’ participation and their dedication to inspiring future generations of scientists.
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.
BSI is no longer facilitating new content for this site, but if you are interested in collaborating on a project (perhaps funded through NSF’s Broader Impacts or CU’s Office for Outreach and Engagement) please contact Peter Erb at ScienceLIVE.