Applied Learning


Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (CCURE)

The Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (CCURE) is a new initiative at UNCW that is intended to open pathways to undergraduate research for community college students prior to transferring to a 4-year institution. Started in Spring 2021 with partners from Cape Fear CC, Craven CC, and Lenoir CC, CCURE provides community college students with an introductory-level applied research experience that is taught by a community college instructor and supported by a UNCW faculty mentor. 


  1. The primary goal for CCURE is to provide students with exposure to an undergraduate research experience prior to transferring to a 4-year institution in order to build confidence and experience in engaging in undergraduate research (or other high impact practices) after transferring. 
  2. In addition to helping community college transfer students succeed, CCURE is framed around a partnership model that encourages direct engagement between CC and UNCW instructors. Thus, a secondary goal is to provide opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration to develop among stakeholders.

CCURE Partnership Model

The development and implementation of CCURE would not be possible without the contributions of a critical network of individuals at both our CC partners and UNCW including individuals from Admissions, the Registrar, and Honors College, among others. The primary leadership and management of CCURE is a collaborative effort between the Office of Applied Learning & High Impact Practices and UNCW’s Community College Collaborative (3C), which is housed in the Watson College of Education. The College of Arts & Sciences at UNCW has also provided significant support in terms of both advising for CC students and identifying faculty mentors for CCURE courses. Our approach to working collaboratively helps ensure that all partners benefit from engagement that is meaningful and reflects true partnership.

  • Participating Community Colleges
  • CCURE Support

News and Events

Student Holding a Dolphin Jaw. CCURE 2022 Spring Showcase on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from 2-4 p.m.
Register to attend via Zoom
Student photographing Bald Head Island. Article on Brunswick CC CCURE students: Research and Discovery Students Visit Bald Head Island
ccure-thumb.png Article published on CCURE in special issue of Perspectives on Undergraduate Research & Mentoring (PURM): “Opening Pathways to Undergraduate Research for Community College Students: Outcomes from a Course-Embedded Research Initiative and Multi-Institutional Partnership”

UNCW Partners with Community Colleges on CCURE Research Initiative


LCC participates in Community College Undergraduate Research Experience
Neuse News 

Featuring a partnership between Lenoir Community College and UNCW.


On Wednesday, May 5, 2021 we hosted a virtual showcase and recognition event for all CCURE participants. You can review a recording of the event by clicking here. A Gallery of CCURE Student Research Posters is also available here.


CCURE in the News

Craven CC article about CCURE

WITN-TV (Greenville, NC) News Story