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.

We develop and implement pedagogical methodology for integrating research in undergraduate courses in different disciplines to enhance LTU education.

Our efforts have led 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.

K-12 STEM and Design Curriculum

Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design + Marburger STEM Center collaborate with K-12 educational institutions to engage students and educators in critically driven programming that introduces STEM through the power of design. Participants learn to utilize the design process to create interventions addressing a given societal challenge. 


Interested in K-12 STEM and Design outreach initiatives and partnerships? 

Jay Jessen, MEd
Assistant Director
Marburger STEM Center

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


LTU Michigan College/University Partnership (MiCUP) Program

We are thrilled that the State of Michigan has renewed the Lawrence Technological University MiCUP Grant entitled Community College STEM Bridge Program through Course-Based Research (Recipient Code: 630005227, Grant Number: 19WS03-MI2018-07) for the 2019-20 academic year.

This effort is in collaboration with Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) and Macomb Community College (MCC) to engage students enrolled at HFCC and MCC through faculty-led workshops focused on various topics including Media Studies, Virtual Reality and Molecules in Medicine.

If you are a student that participated in the LTU MiCUP workshops, please complete the MiCUP Participant Form and the Anonymous Feedback Form below.

LTU-MiCUP Participant Data Form

LTU-MiCUP Anonymous Feedback Form



For more information about the LTU MiCUP Program, send an email to