The Science Research Workshop Program (SRW) helps make it possible for undergraduates to participate in actual science research communities.
SRW participants engage in an authentic research experience by:
- Identifying and joining a research laboratory.
- Developing an individual research proposal and submitting the proposal for funding through Northwestern University.
- Engaging in cutting-edge scientific research.
- Receiving scientific training and experience.
- Cultivating relationships with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.
- Enhancing their research portfolios for a future career in science, industry, or medicine.
The SRW program consists of a total of 16 workshops, seven in fall and nine in winter quarter. Each workshop comprises two broad activities: "faculty cafés" and peer-led workshops.
Faculty Cafés are weekly discussions in which faculty members share stories of how they got interested in science research and/or address a theme for the week, such as "How to succeed in a research lab" or "How to develop a research question."
Workshops train participants on components of the research process, including:
- Appropriately contacting and interviewing with Northwestern science laboratories.
- Developing a valid research project.
- Discovering strategies for funding research ideas.
- Identifying and applying key techniques in scientific writing.
- Integrating feedback from experts and peers.
SRW mentors are a critical part of the program experience. These are Northwestern undergraduates who have participated in the program before and have demonstrated talent in both science writing and advising and coaching their peers. SRW mentors:
- Advise small groups of SRW participants throughout the program, especially helping with the lab search and developing a research proposal.
- Attend a training session in advance of each workshop.
- Attend and lead workshops with a small group of students.
- Provide meaningful feedback to their participants, particularly as they are developing their research proposals.
We hold an information meeting each fall for students interested in SRW. Watch for information about the meeting in your science courses. Please contact Dr. Luke Flores if you have any questions about the SRW program or about getting involved with research in general. The SRW program is free of charge.Read about our research and assessment of this program.