STEM 201: Research Methods I

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Natural Science

Provides a comprehensive introduction to research proposal writing, research methodologies, and foundational research theories and protocols. Examines how to write a proposal, engage in independent studies, and work collaboratively in a mentor-mentee relationship with a faculty advisor. Establish the foundation of a research project to be completed the next quarter(s).

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Overview of the research process
  2. Research topics, questions, and proposal sections
  3. Literature review, conceptual framework, and research design
    • Understanding peer review articles
  4. Library research and resources
  5. Research methods
  6. Data documentation: Keeping a lab/field notebook
    • Data management
    • Basic statistics
    • Data collection procedures
  7. Introduction to faculty advisors and industry sponsors
  8. Identifying a research topic
  9. Planning your research: Writing a proposal
  10. Preparing a budget
  11. Filling out independent project application