Science Research Workshop

If you have questions about how to get started in lab-based research, the Science Research Workshop (SRW) program has been created just for you!  


This workshop series will support you as you search for an appropriate lab doing research that is interesting to you. In the program, together we work on learning to read and analyze scientific literature with an emphasis on the deep reading that will prepare you for meetings and discussions with professors and lab personnel; additionally, we sharpen communication skills that are one of the keys to working effectively (being a good mentee) with faculty and other lab personnel, and finally, we spend the later part of the term focusing on how to apply for grant funding for an independent project that you may develop with the lab. You might need only some of those skills, or you might need them all! Either way, the workshop will help prepare you for an engaging and impactful research experience.



REGISTER FOR the GEn_la 190-0 course ON CAESAR to enroll in srw. 


SRW participants are better prepared to apply for and get a Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (Summer URG)! Summer URGs fund independent research projects. If you don't feel ready to do an independent research this summer, you can use SRW to help prepare you for future projects or for funding for more research assistant type work through other programs.   


The program goals are to help you to learn how to (1) dissect research literature to be able to ace that first or first few meetings with a lab/professor/lab mentor, (2) communicate more effectively with lab personnel (how do you ask for what you need or want from grad student mentor, postdoctoral fellow, professor, lab technician, etc.), (3) develop skills and trust necessary to get an independent research project, and (4) write a grant to get funding and have a more meaningful research experience. Students do activities in peer groups in order to have a mini-community and support network for the entire process. Attendance at 7 of the 9 SRW sessions is mandatory to complete the program with a satisfactory. 


SRW peer mentors lead an assigned group and serve as a resource to participants in the program. The peer mentors in this program are highly regarded by participants as critical to their own success. Peer Mentors for this program are recruited in Fall quarter each year and undergo training with small group facilitation, beginning research mentorship, and diversity and inclusion to support them for their role in the program as well as their future careers. Senior peer mentors are invited to aid in the re-design of group activities around each curricular topic. Past peer mentors have gone on to graduate school, to win major international and national fellowships, as well as other great things. Apply here!


The Science Research Workshop is a joint project of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning. Contact Evangeline Su for more information about either being an SRW participant or an SRW peer mentor.


Come find out more at an info session!

Tuesday, October 29 @ 6-7:30pm Tech MG51
Friday, November 8 @ 1-2pm Tech F280
Monday, November 11 @ 12-1pm Tech LG72




Students must follow same registrar guidelines for add/drop deadline for Winter Quarter.  


First-year, sophomore, and junior undergraduates in any discipline and any school interested in doing lab-based science research in all fields. PRE-REQUISITE: MUST attend and sign into a Finding a Lab/Finding a Faculty workshop with the Office of Undergraduate Research.  If you are not signed in you will be dropped from the course.

Natural Science and Engineering Research


What It Is: 

SRW is a zero-credit course for which you must register on CAESAR with the Registrar’s Office.  The course number is GEN_LA 190-0 and follows the Registrar’s rules about adding and dropping a course.

It will run weekly in winter quarter, and it will address topics such as examining your interests, finding and reviewing relevant literature (with guidance from faculty), identifying and communicating with appropriate faculty, building the mentoring relationship, developing skills reading primary literature (peer-reviewed journal articles), identifying and thinking through methods (with guidance from faculty), and potentially helping to prepare a solid proposal for a Summer URG (if you and your lab can identify an appropriate independent project for the summer) or pursuing other research options for the summer and beyond.


What It Isn't: 

As a 0-credit course, SRW's GEN_LA 190-0 does not count towards your 4 or 5 course limit. 


The workshop will meet in the winter quarter, once a week on Wednesdays 5 - 6:30 pm, from January 10 until March 14.


The workshop will meet in the new 560 Lincoln 1st floor classroom!


Email Evangeline Su for more information on either participating in the program or applying to be a peer mentor or to be added to the SRW email list or if you have scheduling conflicts with the time.