Learn about undergraduate research during this fall Zoom workshop series


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Students interested in learning more about undergraduate research, including how to get started, can attend a series of online workshops during the fall semester 2021.

Events are sponsored by Undergraduate research and scholarship mentoring, University Libraries, Career services and the Research Protection Office.

Unpacking Undergraduate Research

September 15, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Many graduates remember their undergraduate research experience as one of the best parts of their academic careers. Join us to find out what it means to undergraduate research in different disciplines and the benefits of getting involved.

Registration is required.

Find undergraduate research opportunities

September 21, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Research opportunities are available in all departments, but it can always be difficult to get started. During this session, you will have the opportunity to learn how to locate current research opportunities and identify potential research mentors based on your interests, as well as how to determine the right research experience for them.

Registration is required.

Introduction to research ethics and the IRB

September 29, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Just because you have an idea for a research project doesn’t mean you can go out and investigate it. Join the Office for Research Protections to learn more about the standards that underpin good research conduct and the role the Institutional Review Board (IRB) plays in overseeing research involving human subjects.

Registration is required.

Join the scholarly conversation

October 5, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

When you start a research project or decide on a research idea, you want to get a feel for the conversation you are joining. This workshop will help you feel confident in reviewing and reading scholarly articles and will give you a series of questions you can ask as you enter the scholarly conversation on your topic. This workshop is for students who are just starting an undergraduate research experience or for students who want to undertake an experiment and want to make sure they have the tools and mindset they need. to succeed.

Registration is required.

Develop a research topic or question

October 13, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Developing an effective research question is an important step at the start of a research project. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn about the different types of research questions and some useful resources that can be used to do basic research on a topic. Although open to all students, this workshop is particularly useful for students who want to start a research project or article and who need tools and information to get started. This workshop can help you become more confident in writing research questions and conducting substantive research on your topic.

Introduction to data management

October 19, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Active data management throughout each phase of a research project can prevent data loss or version confusion, make data easier to understand in the future, share data publicly and with collaborators and is vital for transparency and reproducibility of research. In this session, you will be exposed to many data management practices, including planning for data management, documenting and properly organizing your data, storing and backing up data, sharing and retrieving data. data preservation and protection of sensitive data.

Registration is required.

Introduction to quantitative research methods

October 27, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What do you do after collecting data? How do you move from excel sheets and questionnaires to data-driven information and conclusions? How do you concretely answer your questions and research hypotheses? In this session, we will present methods of quantitative research and data analysis, interactively demonstrating how to move from data collection to meaningful interpretation. The focus will be on digital data, and the target audience is all undergraduates involved in the research (before, during or after data collection). No previous experience in data analysis is expected.

Registration is required.

Start a literature review

November 2, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

A common project at the start of a research project is to carry out a literature review. It is important that you know what scholars have done on your subject before and how these scholars talk to each other. This workshop will help undergraduates understand what a literature review is, what the writing process is, and other best practices to get started.

Registration is required.

Apply for the Erickson Discovery Grant

November 10, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Interested in doing your own research or doing a creative project at Penn State over the summer? Attend this event to learn more about the Erickson Discovery Grant and how to apply for the summer of 2022.

Registration is required.

Present your research experience

November 16, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Having research experience makes you extremely marketable, but only if you know how to market it! Join Career Services to learn how to communicate your credentials on application documents such as a cover letter and resume, as well as during an interview.

Registration is required.

Undergraduate research and scholarship mentoring is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic and administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination of university-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about undergraduate education at undergrad.psu.edu.


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