Graduation with Distinction Workshop Series – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

Graduation with Distinction Workshop Series

To provide support to students in their research experience and writing process, the ENV/EOS undergraduate office has organized monthly workshops and seminars about research concepts, tools and skills through the year. Dedicated peer-tutoring/ help sessions are planned alternating between workshops. Meetings are 60 to 90min every two weeks, time to be determined by participating students’ schedule; location ENV undergrad space, EH rooftop.

Learning goals:

  • Acquire skills of common research practices in the sciences generally and in the field of environmental or earth sciences particularly.
  • Integrate the knowledge previously acquired through curricular and co-curricular activities in the analysis of data from one’s own research for new discovery.
  • Foster collaborative research while promoting autonomy in research.
  • Communicate the scientific discovery.

Documents made available through a shared Box that will allow for peer-mentoring and review

Tentative schedule:

Fall semester: set up/adjust project, collect data

  • Second week class (wed 6 sept, Thurs 7 or Fri 8): Welcome back student; information and interest session about ENV programs in general and GWD in particular.
  • Mid-September (week 11 sept): short over view of scientific process (Reid); library search. Brittany Wofford
  • End Sept (week 24 sept): Peer Continue library search and exploration of asking a question (Wofford coordinator)
  • Mid-October (week 8th Oct): Experimental design and proposed methods (Miranda Welsh Thompson writing program)
  • (Week 22 Oct): Peer-review of individual experimental design and proposed methods (Coordinator)
  • Mid-November (week 6 Nov): progress on research, data collection, and data visualization (Clark)
  • Week 26th Nov. peer- data visualization, outline for output report to mentor (Coordinator)
  • Week of 4th, or during reading period? (TBA by group): prepare and feedback for output report agreed on with mentor. (Welsh, Reid coordinate)

Spring semester: Data analysis, writing, presentation (Potential Monday meetings, TBA)

  • Week 15th Jan: Methods for data analysis, (Clark)
  • Week 29th Jan: Peer consulting on data analysis (Clark coordinate)
  • Week 12 Feb: Data analysis continued, thesis writing: results (Welsh)
  • Week 26 Feb: Peer consulting, data analysis, figures and tables (Clark/Welsh coordinate)
  • Week 5 March: Thesis writing: analysis, interpretation and discussion, research in context (Welsh/Moscovitz)
  • Week 19th March: Peer review thesis draft
  • Week 2nd April: Poster preparation and presentation skills. (Welsh/Reid)
  • Week 16th April: Peer poster review