The Biological Collections Ecology and Evolution Network – fostering undergraduate scientific exploration using natural history specimen data.

BCEENET brings together natural history collections professionals, undergraduate educators, data experts, and researchers to support the development and implementation of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) using digitized natural history collections (dNHC) data. BCEENET provides training, funding, curriculum materials, and ongoing support for faculty who implement dNHC CUREs. Since 2020, BCEENET members have brought research experiences to over 2800 undergraduates!

We are also embarking on an assessment project to examine the impacts of dNHC CUREs and to create a mentored conference experience for CURE students. Faculty who implement a BCEENET CURE will be invited to participate!

If you are interested in learning more, about our organization or the CUREs, please join the group, subscribe to our mailing list, or contact us at And follow us on Twitter!


This work is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers 1920385, 2032158, & 2120063. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Created by Janice L. Krumm Last Modified Wed May 24, 2023 3:02 pm by Carly N. Jordan