STEM 203: Research Methods II

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Natural Science

Teaches the cyclical nature of applied research and the iterative process of research writing. Examines how to interpret collected data, write a full research, and disseminate research findings. Discusses design of poster and seminar presentations, research publication, and presentation skills. Prerequisite: STEM 201 and an independent research project with a faculty mentor.

Grading Basis

STEM 201 and Instructor Permission Independent Project

Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Data interpretation
  2. Understanding precision and accuracy
  3. Learning from the experts: attend professional presentations
  4. Creating a poster
  5. Creating a seminar presentation
  6. Presentation skills
  7. Writing a draft
  8. Publishing your research
  9. Presenting your research to a broad audience
    1. ICUR Summer quarter, July 25-26
    2. SOURCE Spring quarter, May 16-17
    3. American Geophysical Union Meeting, Fall quarter, December 11-15