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Research Readiness

Offered by : Impact Centre

Enhance your summer research opportunity with a series of support workshops that will facilitate your participation in a research lab environment and help you gain a more personal understanding of life as a scientific researcher. The Research Readiness Program of the Impact Centre helps students who are new to research to be more efficient as they enter the research lab. While each research topic is different, there are a number of skills that all successful researchers need to master, and which are not taught in undergraduate courses.
This program teaches for over 4 days at the beginning of the summer, the necessary concepts that will be used in the students’ research career, making sure that students are ready to hit the ground running when they start in the research lab. This interactive workshop will help students understand the research environment, and also to form a community among undergraduate students who are performing research in various labs. Towards the end of the summer, students meet again to present their progress over the summer and to reflect on their experiences. Workshops include training in basic lab skills, issues in experimental design, life in a lab, the responsibilities of a researcher, and understanding intellectual property and patents.

 

Connect / Reflect / Project

  • Apply your academic skills in a real-world research environment.
  • Connect with peers and faculty members from different disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Reflect on and discuss your experiences in an interdisciplinary context that focuses on diverse application of skills and knowledge related to scientific research.
  • Explore what it means to be a scientific researcher, and place those experiences in the context of future opportunities.

Eligibility

Students who have completed at least their first year of study and have been admitted to a research lab for the summer (in either a paid position or as volunteers).

 

How to Participate

 For more information about this activity or to indicate your interest, contact Emanuel Istrate, Academic Program Coordinator at the Impact Centre, at eistrate@imc.utoronto.ca or visit  http://www.impactcentre.utoronto.ca/programs/rrp.