Course Description & Format

The objective of this 1-unit Credit/No Credit seminar is to explore, in a small group setting, opportunities available to STEM students who are interested in research and/or learning about graduate school.

Through lectures and guest speakers (faculty/staff, undergraduate/graduate students and postdoctoral fellows), students will gain an understanding of what scientific research is, be introduced to undergraduate research on campus (through guests speakers and lab tours), given guidelines in order to summarize a scientific research article, learn about summer internships, and learn numerous things in class that are critical for acceptance into a research lab and future graduate school. Active participation is heavily required.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this seminar students will be able to:

1. Articulate different areas of research in the STEM fields

2. Seek out research opportunities on and off campus as well as how to approach faculty

3. Identify scientific research being done on campus

4. Identify summer research programs that fit their area of interest

5. Become familiar with the structure of a scientific research paper

6. Write a personal statement