The Cross-Institutional Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) workshop is currently being hosted by the Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance with nearly 40 students and 10 faculty members participating. Participants have joined the workshop from a wide spectrum of countries from Botswana, Columbia, and Puerto Rico, in addition to a wide range of universities in the United States.
The workshop is being held daily virtually using gather.town, a virtual environment acquired thanks to a grant from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
At CURE, faculty mentors present cutting-edge research projects that they are interested in directing and collaborating on with other faculty. Then students visit with each faculty mentor to decide which project they want to work on throughout the year. The workshop continues with programming and scientific/technical writing boot camps. The workshop also includes presentations on various career directions. Current and former graduate students give presentations on graduate school experience and life as a professional working in a data-analysis-related industry. Each day ends with a fun activity. Details of the workshop can be found by visiting about.illinoisstate.edu/iba/cure/