Entering Research Facilitator Training and Curriculum Development Institute


What: Facilitating Entering Research Training & Curriculum Development Institute

Where: The Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus / 800 Langdon Street, 53706

When: Monday - Tuesday, June 27-28, 2022 / Wednesday, June 29 (optional half day)

Times: 8:00 - 5:00 PM Day 1 / 8:00 Am - 3:30 PM Day 2 / 8: 00 AM - 12:00 PM (optional session)

See agenda page for session schedule including the half day optional session

Cost: Registration fee is $1695 and an additional $500 for the optional session or $2195 for all three days.

Questions: Contact Julia Vander Meer, CIMER Program Manager, at julia.vandermeer@wisc.edu

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Institute Overview

Facilitating Entering Research is a two-day “train-the-trainer” workshop for undergraduate and graduate research training program directors in STEMM. This workshop is offered by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) and the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE). Workshop participants develop a custom curriculum for their research trainees, a plan to assess research trainee learning, and skills to facilitate Entering Research activities. An optional, independent, half-day workshop to develop a research training course or program evaluation plan is available on June 29 (see below).

During the Institute, participants are introduced to the Entering Research curriculum, build a custom curriculum using a backward design approach, learn how to effectively facilitate Entering Research curricular activities, and learn to use the Entering Research Learning Assessment (ERLA) to assess research trainee learning and development.

The Entering Research curriculum and learning assessment (ERLA) are based on the Entering Research Conceptual Framework, which defines seven areas of trainee development that are grounded in the research literature on factors that impact research trainee success and retention:

    1. Research Comprehension and Communication Skills

    2. Practical Research Skills

    3. Research Ethics

    4. Researcher Identity

    5. Researcher Confidence and Independence

    6. Equity and Inclusion Awareness and Skills

    7. Professional and Career Development Skills

*NEW! Optional half day session beginning 2022: Evaluating your Research Training Course or Program Workshop (additional fee)

Participants are also invited to register for a post-institute half-day workshop on developing research training course or program evaluation plans. In this 4-hour workshop, participants will develop an evaluation plan and learn how to work with a professional evaluator. Participants who want to expand or improve an existing evaluation plan are also invited to attend.

What participants say about the Entering Research Institute:

Having the opportunity to network with individuals from other universities who are working on similar things was invaluable. The facilitation was great and really helped me think through what I want students in my program to take away from the experience.”

Super competent and informed facilitators…. The curriculum is so realistic and easy to use. I appreciate all the thought and hard work that has gone into it."

“The access to the activities is so valuable. I had been inventing my own "wheel" and to have honed and tested activities to use for these topics is a wonderful resource.”

The group assembled---both facilitators and participants---was welcoming and eager to work together. We openly shared ideas and tried to help one another answer questions.”

“At the [Entering Research] workshop, I was able to connect with people in similar roles as mine and develop a community or network for myself. Now I know who to contact when I have questions. Thank you!”

Over 301 facilitators have been trained to develop and implement a custom Entering Research curriculum since 2017.