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Research Training

The Office of Undergraduate Research and its campus partners offer a variety of training workshops for student researchers.

Research Training Certificate

To support students preparing for careers as researchers, the Office of Undergraduate Research has created an informal certificate to recognize those who have participated in a series of research training workshops. As an informal certificate, it will not appear on your transcript. Certificate recipients attend five approved workshops, with at least one workshop in each of three areas: research preparation, research methods, and research communication. Students who attend the required number of workshops will be recognized at the end of each academic year with a printed certificate listing the workshops they attended.

Students who would like to opt into this certificate should provide the OUR with their information, along with a list of previously attended workshops.

The following recent and upcoming workshops count toward the requirements of the certificate. Each workshop belongs to at least one of the three categories that must be represented in the certificate: research preparation (RP), research methods (RM), and research communication (RC). Please also refer to the most up-to-date list of upcoming workshops organized by the PCL, many of which satisfy certificate requirements, as well as the list of upcoming OUR info sessions and poster workshops.


Academic conference-going (RC)
Developing ideas for independent research (RP)
Packaging your research narrative (RC)
Poster Design Workshop (RC)
Publishing While Being a Student (RC)
Research entrepreneurship (RP)
Short video production (RC)
Undergraduate Research information session (RP)


CartoDB (RM)
Conducting & Writing a Literature Review (RM;RP)
Copyright and Academic Work (RC)
Creative Commons Licenses (RC)
Find Funding (RP)
Getting started with iMovie (RM)
Infographics class (RM;RC)
Managing Your Online Research Identity (RC)
Network analysis (RM)
Network Analysis with Palladio for Humanists (RM)
Omeka (RM)
Podcasting with Audacity (RM)
Poster Design Workshop (RC)
Public Speaking (RC)
Publishing While Being a Student (RC)
Say it with Infographics (RC)
Web and Social Media Data Analysis (RM)
What is Version Control? Learn about Git/GitHub (RM)
Writing a Research Paper (RM;RP)

Other Safety and Ethics Training

All researchers who will be working with human subjects must first complete a training module on human subjects research. Human subjects research is defined as any project that involves performing physical procedures on a human being, interacting with human beings, collecting private or identifiable information, or otherwise involves studying living persons. Researchers should familiarize themselves with the ethical issues that can accompany human subjects research.

All researchers must complete a training module on working with animals prior to engaging in research on vertebrate animals. Researchers should also familiarize themselves with the ethical issues that can accompany animal research.

All students participating in laboratory research using hazardous chemicals or biological materials are required to complete an online laboratory safety course, OH 201.

Laboratory safety training must be completed within 30 days of the start of any laboratory research; however, many project supervisors and faculty members will ask you to complete it before you begin working with them.

For more information, visit Environmental Health & Safety’s Laboratory Safety page. SURGe also offers laboratory safety workshops once a semester.