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Entering Research (LASC 397A)


Entering 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 Arizona.

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).

In 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