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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.

Last year I taught a pilot version of this 2-unit (1 per semester) course during the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 semester.

In 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