STEM Center Lab

(CURE) Course Based Undergraduate Research Experience

A key goal for the LTU’s Marburger STEM Center is to revolutionize LTU’s undergraduate STEM education initiatives. Course-based research experience (CRE) or Course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE), is a novel intervention in undergraduate education. Here, we develop and implement pedagogical methodology for integrating research in undergraduate courses in different disciplines to enhance LTU education. Our efforts have been fruitful leading to several peer-reviewed publications with LTU student co-authors in high-impact journals.

CURE Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jamie F. Willbur, Justin D. Vail, Lindsey N. Mitchell, David L. Jakeman, Shannon C. Timmons, “Expression, Purification, and Characterization of a Carbohydrate-Active Enzyme: A Research Inspired Methods Optimization Experiment for the Biochemistry Laboratory,” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2016, 44(10), 75-85.

Delogu, F., Huddas, C., Steven K., Hachem, S., Lodhia, L., Fernandez, R., Logerstedt, M. “A Dissociation Between Recognition and Hedonic Value in Caloric and Non-caloric Carbonated Soft Drinks.”, Frontiers in Psychology, 2016, 7, 36.

Kuminiski, E., Shamir, L. “Computer-Generated Visual Morphology Catalog of ~3,000,000 SDSS Galaxies,” The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 2016, 223(2), 20.

K12 STEAM Curriculum

The STEM + Design Program - Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design + Marburger STEM Center have partnered with Detroit Community Public Schools to engage students in a critically driven studio focused on the idea of community. The students utilize the design process – selecting a community issue, conducting research, critically analyze data and their own experiences, schematic sketching, design development and documentation - to create architectural interventions addressing community issues that are not only relevant to Detroit but globally. For more information regarding K-12 STEAM outreach initiatives and partnerships, please contact Dr. Sibrina Collins ( and Meaghan Markiewicz (

Diversity in STEM Resources

Broadening participation in the STEM disciplines remains an ongoing challenge facing the United States. Here, we provide useful resources focused on diversity in STEM and the contributions of women and scientists of color.

William Claytor: Pioneering Mathematician and Educator
Dr. James E. LuValle: Chemist and Olympic Medal Winner
Alice Augusta Ball: Chemical Drug Pioneer
African American Women and the Space Race
Unsung: Jewel Plummer Cobb
American Institute of Physics Resource Guide