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
Last year I taught a pilot version of this 2-unit (1 per semester)
course during the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 semester.
the Fall course, 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. The Spring
course focused on science communication, research ethics, science's
role in society and research presentations. Students wrote a
mini grant proposal for the final.
I am working on
expanding the class to include several sections for the next academic
year (Fall 2014-Spring 2015). We are currently taking new students for the course, and I encourage interested students to
contact me (bramson (at) lpl.arizona.edu), click on the links below or check out the Teaching Teams website.
Application for Entering Research 2014-2015 Academic Year
Syllabus for Entering Research 2014-2015 Academic Year
Advice to undergraduates wanting to get involved in Research at UA