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Overview of Program

The Course-based Research Experience (CRE) course development program is designed to support the development of courses that contain a significant research/research-like experience as a part of the course.  Eligible departments include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology.  The experiences may be a component of an existing course (e.g. a module or research project as a part of an FYS or disciplinary course) OR may be the complete focus of the course (e.g. Bio295 Honors Lab: Phage Genomics Research, or GES401 Advanced Environmental Seminar).

The CRE faculty development program will include:
  • a professional learning community which will meet regularly (~monthly lunches) throughout the academic year to discuss issues associated with CRE development and implementation,
  • a summer CRE faculty development program consisting of a required one 4-hour workshop for ALL faculty developing new course-based research experiences for their courses.  For the whole course development grants, an additional 2-day workshop will be held off campus.
  • course development grants are available to faculty developing new CREs for their courses.

If you are interested in this idea, but want some ideas of what types of programs others have offered, come to HHMI lunches to talk to your colleagues here at Hope or check out some examples of previously funded projects at Hope OR at other institutions.

Funding Details

We anticipate awarding at least two awards for complete course development projects, each with a maximum award of $10,000. We anticipate awarding at least two awards for research module development, each with a maximum budget of $2,500.  In addition, awardees will be provided modest stipends for participating in the summer workshops. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to hhmi@hope.edu by February 15, 2016.  Review of applications and announcement of awards will be completed in early March.  

Check out the program guidelines and application requirements webpage for more details.

Current Recipients

2016 Awards

Dr. Leah Chase, Neuroscience Program. Abstract and Proposal:Development of an Inquiry-Based Lab Module for Introduction to Neuroscience


2015 Awards

Ms. Suzanne J. DeVries-Zimmerman, Dr. Brian Bodenbender and Dr. Edward Hansen, Department of Geological and Environmental Science. Abstract: Multi-proxy Investigation of Paleoenvironmental Change in Coastal Dune Complexes. Proposal.

Dr. Benjamin Kopek, Department of Biology. Abstract: Virology Lab

Dr. Ryan McFall, Dr. Aaron Best, Dr. Barry Bandstra, Dr. Brent Kreuger and Mr. Alez Galarza, Departments of Computer Science, Biology, Religion, Chemestry and VanWylen Library. Abstract: Programming Foundations with Application Modules. Proposal.

Dr. Renata van der Weijden, Dr. Graham Peaslee and Dr. Jonathan Peterson, Department of Geological and Environmental Science. Abstract: GES 220 Research Module. Proposal.


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