Undergraduates Discover Discovery

Undergraduates RESEARCH Workshop Series Schedule

2017-18 academic year

Research workshops for undergraduates are held at various locations on Western Michigan University campus from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A light snack is provided.

Thursday, Oct. 12—Getting Started with Discovery: Research and Creative Activities at WMU

Location: Bernhard Center Brown and Gold Room

Discovery experiences on a mentored research or creative project add great value to an undergraduate education. This session covers the basics for getting started with undergraduate research and creative activities mentored by WMU faculty and beyond. Topics will include finding a mentor, selecting a topic as well as resources for finding both internal and external funding opportunities for a project.

Wednesday, Nov. 15—Integrity, Compliance, and Safety in Research

Location: 210 Bernhard Center

This session covers important topics related to conducting research, including authorship and credit, data management, human subjects and animal research, and the expectations of a mentee in carrying out research responsibly and safely.

Thursday, Jan. 18—Summer Experience: Applying to NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates and Other Summer Programs Outside of WMU

Location: Bernhard Center Brown and Gold Room

This workshop examines resources for finding and applying to summer opportunities to enhance experiences in discovery while away from WMU.

Thursday, Feb. 15—Dissemination: Telling Others About your Work

Location: 3310 Sangren Hall

An important part of any discovery project is sharing results, whether it is research findings or a creative exhibition, with the public. This session will discuss how to find and prepare for professional conferences in a discipline; how to design posters and write project abstracts; and how to identify various avenues for publication and exhibition of projects.

Wednesday, March 14—What Comes Next: Planning for Graduate School, Careers and Beyond—Canceled

Location: Bernhard Center Brown and Gold Room 

Learn how to leverage experiences in discovery at WMU while applying for graduate school or entering the job market. Discuss how best to pitch experiences with mentored research or creative activities to prospective graduate schools and employers.