INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
GOAL: The main goal is for you to develop a research question and produce a literature review based on your research interests, while learning the basics of research.
The foundation of all research is an understanding of what is known about the topic of interest. You will become an expert on what is currently known about a specific question. This requires an intense study of a narrow area of inquiry.
Based on your interest, you will be placed in one of our allied labs and work with a Graduate Student Mentor for eight sessions (typically given over two months) with the support of a Principal Investigator. By the end of the program, you will have a question, a pitch, the literature review, and a final presentation.
GOAL: The main goal is for you to publish a peer-reviewed paper on a question that interests you.
- Research Assistants will select novel research questions to study during their time in the lab (our lab staff is available to help you decide on research topics if needed). You will attend weekly lab meetings and one-on-one meeting with top-tier university faculty as well as some meetings with a graduate student mentor (~2 hours of meeting time per week) along with assignments that you will be completing independently (up to 5-10 hours per week). In the end, you will present work products to the lab, staff & peers.
- There is also the possibility of participating in lab publications, scientific conferences, and supporting your peers as a Peer Mentor.
- Most students require more than one academic term to complete and publish their research project.
4-week and 8-week
|Research Assistant||Introduction to Research|
|16 sessions||8 sessions||8 sessions||8 sessions|
|Individual program||Individual program||Individual program||3-5 students|
|Goal: Publish a Peer Reviewed paper||Goal: Produce a Literature Review||Goal: Produce a Literature Review||Goal: Produce a Literature Review|
|PI will overview the research directly||PI will overview the research & join some sessions||PI will overview the research & join some sessions||PI will overview the research & join some sessions|
|Weekly meeting with PI||Weekly meeting with RM||2 Weekly meetings with RM||Meetings with RM over 2 days|