Our programs foster professional development, sense of belonging in the scientific community, and success in scientific research and communication. We will continue to build our tips and resources page to assist students in finding their path to reaching research goals!

Student Development Seminars

ISA:1041 Entering Research1 s.h. (Fall and Spring)

Complement to independent scientific research experience; students meet weekly to share research experiences and feedback on the progress of their research projects; students gain experience searching databases, reading, and summarizing primary scientific papers.

ISA:2040 Professionalism in the Scientific Community1 s.h. (Fall)

Development of communication skills and appropriate professional conduct while maintaining ethical standards; main objectives include development of leadership skills in the community, further understanding of ethical issues in student's field, improve communication of student's research to the public, and understanding the significance of professional conduct, networking, and diversity within student's field.

ISA:2041 Career Exploration and Specification1 s.h. (Spring)

Students define career goals, increase knowledge about the process of obtaining a graduate degree, and create personal plans for future academic and research endeavors; students gain valuable experience in communicating science in written and oral form through the exploration process.

ISA:3040 Critical Analysis of Primary Literature1 s.h. (Fall)

Development of critical thinking and research skills through analysis of primary scientific research literature to demystify and humanize research science; how to analyze components of a good empirical article; students present a research paper from literature in their field of interest as preparation to contribute to future empirical manuscripts. Requirements: minimum of 60 s.h. earned and junior or senior standing.

ISA:3041 Pathways to Post-Undergraduate Education1 s.h. (Spring)

Successful preparation for graduate school application process; students learn how to write their own curriculum vita, personal statements, research statements, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), and graduate school application action plan; students learn about available resources and further their professional development by giving an oral presentation on their current research. Requirements: minimum of 60 s.h. earned and junior or senior standing.

ISA:4040 Teaching Your Undergraduate Research1 s.h. (Fall)

Scientific teaching principles (e.g., backwards design, active learning, formative assessment); students develop a teaching unit based on some aspect of their research and teach it to the class in preparation for future interviews where the ability to explain the background and significance for their research is a highly valued skill. Requirements: minimum of 60 s.h. earned, junior or senior standing, and undergraduate research experience.


Lab Tutorials

An opportunity to find out what a day in the life of an undergraduate researcher looks like.