Thinking and working like a scientist is a prime benefit of undergraduate research. More from Seymour et al. 2004 and Lopatto 2010.
Mastery experiences lead to confidence in your ability to do real research. More from Britner et al. 2012.
Recruiting a diverse group of mentors is highly beneficial to career outcome. More at Russel et al. 2007.
An important strategy for equity in online teaching is learning about your students. As a student, you can be sure to help your instructors understand you and your situation. More at AAC&U.
Going the Distance: A Virtual Workshops Series on Professional Development
Researchers and program leaders at Georgia State University in Atlanta offer other Program Directors a curriculum for a virtual workshop series on professional development for undergraduate researchers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The effort is motivated by shared goals to maintain student progress toward independent research careers despite the COVID19 pandemic.
The Leadership Team is powered by 75 combined years of education and training experience, with focus on recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups. And we are strengthened by nationally-recognized leaders serving on an External Advisory Board and providing video-content for the workshops.
Sample assignments and overviews are posted as PDFs at the tabs below. Use them to decide about jumping on board the workshop series. Once you commit to requiring pre-post curriculum surveys for your students, we will send you the password to the full collection of assignments. You do *not* need to use all the assignments but can pick-and-choose what works for you.
Welcoming students to the workshop series entails icebreaker exercises, social media profiles, and introducing a summer-long literature review assignment with focus on literature search and reference management platforms.
Download the following PDF here: 1aFollowUs&EachOtherSocMedia copy
Critical assessment of published literature requires advanced skills in reading, writing, and logic. In a stepwise fashion over the whole summer, a set of literature review assignments will build toward a final submission that carefully integrates several perspectives on a narrow topic.
Download the following PDF here: 0cLitRevAssgnmnt
Professional communication is woven through all aspects of our careers. In the first week on this topic, we practice with writing for various audiences and we deconstruct some common grammar issues.
Download the following PDF here: 2aAnatomyofArticle
Download the following PDF here: 2bKnowYourAudience
In the second week on professional communication, we focus on representing ourselves and our research interests through elevator pitch practices, networking skills, and interviewing tips.
Download the following PDF here: 3aElevatorPitch
A summer highlight is our career panel with successful professionals and senior trainees sharing their pathways and challenges through live, pre-recorded, and Twitter-based events. Students prepare CVs or resumes, and explore occupations.
Download the following PDF here: 4aBuildCV
Download the following PDF here: 4bBuildResume
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requires thorough and thoughtful considerations of topics from data integrity to human participants, best approached through case studies and debates.
Download the following PDF here: 6aRCRCaseStudies
Rigor and Reproducibility are critical to the future of research, and we integrate them throughout the summer, but focus on them this week through creativity exercises and an experimental replication assignment.
Download the following PDF here: 7aRigor&Repro
All of us can read, but have we maximized our efficiency and effectiveness? Learning to read like an expert will help as reading in the disciplines becomes more challenging. Includes preparation for reading comprehension sections on standardized tests.
Download the following PDF here: 8aReadingCompStdTests
Emotional awareness, collaboration, time management, flexibility, adaptability, resilience, and mindfulness — these are traits that can assist with success and advancement in professional environments. We launch with inventories that start conversations about ourselves and our potential for growth.
Download the following PDF here: 9bEffectiveDistanceLearning
Writing for awards and fellowships is a special genre that carefully balances goals with flexibility, preparedness with need, and pride with humility. We practice with the balance, in the context of prime funding mechanisms for trainees.
Download the following PDF here: 10aPersonalStatementSample
A picture is worth a thousand words. A graph can summarize a thousand data points. We establish or expand upon foundational knowledge in data management, statistics, and graphing.
Download the following PDF here: 11BasicStats&DataVisOutline
A virtual celebration rounds out the summer experience, including brief presentations on literature review topics, focus group discussions on the impact of the workshop series, and methods to maintain contact with this new network of peers and supporters.
Avery August, Cornell University
Elizabeth Bowman, Vanderbilt University
Adan Colon-Carmona, University of Massachusetts Boston
Sunita Kramer, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Steve Lee, Stanford University
Trachette Jackson, University of Michigan
Kyle Frantz, Neuroscience Professor and CASA Director
Elizabeth Weaver, The Brains & Behavior Program Associate Director
Sneh Patel, CASA Program Coordinator
Christopher Aguillon, Chemistry
Chloe West, Neuroscience
Ritu Aneja, Biology
Dan Cox, Neuroscience
Chris Goode, Psychology
Christa Wright, Environmental Toxicology