Entering Research (LASC 397A)
Research is a two-semester seminar-style course designed by Janet L.
Branchaw, Christine Pfund and
Raelyn Rediske at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516356) to complement and support
undergraduate students in independent research experiences. As a part
of my broader impact goals with an NSF
Graduate Research Fellowship, I have been implementing a version
of this course for physical science undergraduates at the University of
I am currently teaching a pilot version of this 2-unit (1 per semester)
course during the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 semesters. I am working on
expanding the class to include several sections for the next academic
year (Fall 2014-Spring 2015). While I am not currently taking new students for the course, I encourage interested students to
contact me (bramson (at) lpl.arizona.edu).
the course last fall, students met weekly, sharing their research
experiences and learning about the roles, responsibilities and
relationships that make for a successful research experience.
Throughout the semester, students gained the skills to draft a
small research proposal and presented it to the class. This spring we
have been focusing on science communication, research ethics, science's
role in society and research presentations. Students will be writing a
mini grant proposal for the final.
Application for Entering Research 2013-2014 Academic Year (The application period is currently closed but stay tuned for next year)
Syllabus for Entering Research 2013-2014 Academic Year