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CourseSource article featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education

By Erin Vinson and Michelle Smith

Oliver Hyman and Ray Enke, two of the authors of one of CourseSource’s top trending Lesson articles, were highlighted in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, “How to Make Authentic Research Experiences Widely Available.”  Their CourseSource Lesson, “CURE-all: Large Scale Implementation of Authentic DNA Barcoding Research into First-Year Biology Curriculum” provides instructors with a cost-effective, scalable, and transferable semester-long course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) designed for large enrollment introductory biology labs.

The Chronicle article’s author, Beckie Supiano, mentions “while CUREs have grown in popularity, they can be expensive and difficult to bring to scale.” Hyman and Enke’s approach in their biology department at James Madison University was to address these challenges and to create a CURE for all 500-600 introductory biology students that “gives students the chance to be creative” and to get excited about science.  Students use DNA barcoding to assess the biodiversity of different habitats from a campus arboretum. 

CourseSource features a growing list of CURE-based lesson articles and we are excited to see these authors featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  If you are an author who has also been featured in the press, please let us know so we can help spread the word!  Contact us at



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