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 collections data. Undergraduate research increases student engagement, retention, and long-term success and is essential for building a scientifically literate and engaged workforce, and embedding research experiences in courses is especially important for underrepresented students who may experience barriers to accessing traditional research experiences. 

In 2020, supported by an NSF RAPID grant, our members collaborated to create 4 flexible CUREs that use dNHC data. BCEENET provides training, curriculum materials, and ongoing support for faculty members who implement CUREs. In 2020-2021, BCEENET members brought research experiences to over 1100 undergraduates!

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

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