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FRI Research Methods

This 2-credit seminar course covers these topics in
parallel to student teams developing and presenting a
course-long project. Each project explores a real
science problem, with students delving into what is
known, what isn't known, and why and how they
suggest investigating some portion of the unknown.
The course ends with a public poster presentation
by student teams. This framework-and-process course helps students develop their skills to think like a scientist. After this course, FRI students begin laboratory work in their assigned research stream, beginning in freshman spring semester.

Research Methods Seminar topics include:

  • Emerging fields of research
  • Designing a research project
  • Finding & using library & internet resources
  • Data collection & management
  • Basic statistics
  • Data analysis, including figures & charts
  • Reporting research results
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Posters for public professional meetings
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Research ethics
  • Planning & charting your career path

This course is approved for "O" (Oral) general education requirement. This seminar is only open to students admitted to the FRI program. FRI students are required to take this seminar, both lecture and their assigned discussion section. Offered in freshman fall semester.

Last Updated: 9/6/18