The University of Minnesota has unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work. These require students take their skills to the next level.
Think like a Researcher is a series of 2 workshops designed to help undergraduate students become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities. It is designed to bring students, especially first year and second year students, from across the University and different colleges together to learn.Workshop Topics are:
- Benefits and challenges of research; Finding faculty mentors
- Finding Scholarly Literature; Data Management basics
- Writing Proposals; Designing Posters; Applying for Funding
How it Works:
The free workshop series is open to all U of M undergraduate students. Students can decide to attend only those workshops that meet their interests, however, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all workshops and complete short assignments.
Materials from Workshops:
- Intro slides
- Panel of Students
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities (e.g. UROP, URS, IUROP, etc.) (PDF handout)
- Tips for Finding a Faculty Sponsor/Mentor (PDF handout)
- Introduction to Research Ethics slides (e.g. Institutional Review Board (IRB), etc.)
- Intro slides
- Panel of Faculty
- Searching for Information slides
- Tips for writing proposals (PDF handout)
- List of past UROP projects
- Citation & Data Management Basics slides
- Poster design in 2 minutes - slides
- Poster design handout (PDF handout)
- Archive of past UROP posters, papers, etc. in University Digital Conservancy
Our workshop dates for Fall 2017 complete. We will be offering workshops in late January. If you would like to recieve information about our future workshops, please complete our interest form.
Participants who attend all workshops and complete all requirements will be eligible to receive the Think Like a Researcher Certificate (and UROP t-shirt).
Quotes from student participants:
- "It's quite helpful for learning about the basics of how research works."
- "It was definitely worthwhile. Dense package of useful info."
- "It provided an easy manner for me to feel like I have one foot in the door already."
"Very clear guide to take a first step for research"
If you have any questions, please contact Kate Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-626-3746.
- Vicky Munro, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (email@example.com)
- Caitlin Bakker, Health Science Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kim Clarke, Social Science Librarian (email@example.com)
- Jody Kempf, Engineering Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Read more about the Spring 2016 program in the Libraries Continuum newsletter.