The course consists 2-hour small group discussion sessions.
Its purpose is to have students contemplate and discuss academic
research as a profession, with emphasis on responsibilities they
may have to themselves, their field of study, and society.
Topics will include: mentoring, data collection, academic
integrity, authorship, sponsored research and intellectual
- We shall discuss the overall goals, interests,
responsibilities, and regulations that apply to academic
research. We will discuss why training in the responsible
conduct of research is a necessary, and in many cases,
required, part of academic training. We will use discussions
and case studies to advance these points.
- We want participants to gain an appreciation of the role
of mentorship in career development, especially as
applicable to academic research. Students should finish the
sessions with a clear understanding of the roles and
responsibilities of both mentor and mentee, and an
appreciation for the core values (e.g., mutual trust and
respect) that make such a relationship productive and
valuable to both participants.
In particular, we hope to provide advice for first-year
students in selecting mentors for their thesis work.
- Students will gain an understanding of the
“communication” aspects of academic research, including the
roles and responsibilities central to publication and peer
review. Students will learn about the various “scientific
cultures” that dictate how authorship is handled in
different fields, and about the various economic models of
research journals (e.g., subscription vs open access). They
will also consider the role of peer review in both paper
publication and grant approvals.