We present data displaying course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) effectiveness in providing authentic cutting-edge research experiences to undergraduates, which both private and government organizations recognize as essential. A total of 68 students were enrolled in this research with 50 students being in a traditional laboratory course and 18 students participating in the CURE implemented laboratory. Results from mid- and postsemester surveys were compared to assess knowledge and attitude. Knowledge showed no change; however, students who experienced the CURE responded with increased enjoyment, strong feelings of scientific contribution, and high project ownership, and overall they were more confident in research than their non-CURE peers.

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