|Enrollment Starts||Anytime, self-paced|
|Course Starts||Anytime, self-paced|
|Estimated Effort||03:00 hours/week|
About This Course
Being successful as a scientist requires more than acquiring knowledge and developing experimental skills. It also requires: (1) asking a good scientific question, (2) establishing a clear plan of action, and (3) seeking advice along the way. These three topics are the focus of this course “Planning Your Scientific Journey,” which is aimed primarily at life science graduate and undergraduate students, but also useful for postdocs, staff scientists, and others who could benefit from learning or reviewing these topics. (If you are interested in requiring this course for your own trainees, please click here for more information.)
By the end of the course, you will have:
- Criteria to evaluate a research question.
- A plan for how to approach your scientific question and other research goals.
- An agenda for a meeting with your mentor to get feedback on your plan.
Planning Your Scientific Journey is an innovative online course. Engaging videos, along with reflective exercises, offer concrete tools and practical advice to help you navigate the most challenging aspects of developing and planning a research project. Instruction is led by a diverse group of leading scientists, such as Nobel Laureates, accomplished faculty, and junior scientists, who think about different aspects scientific training in deep and meaningful ways.
Whether you have yet to decide on a research question or are well-immersed in a project, this course will help to crystallize your research ideas and goals. So, take charge of your training and enroll in this course now!
If you have any problem starting and using this course, or just want to comment on your experience or offer a suggestion, please email us. And if you're interested, you can read more about the creation of Planning Your Scientific Journey in this blog post on iBiology.
There are no requirements necessary to take this class.
Planning Your Scientific Journey is an on-demand, self-paced course. This means that, as soon as you enroll, all course content is available to you and may be consumed at your own pace. For your reference, it took students 6 weeks to complete the whole course in a hosted, synchronized format. They spent on average 2-3.5 hours on the course per week. This includes time spent watching videos, reading text, doing assessments, and engaging in the forum.
We've interviewed leaders in the scientific community about doing good science, and we present those interviews to you in this course. Speakers include:
- Uri Alon
- Angela DePace
- Tejal Desai
- Keith Yamamoto
- Ryan Hernandez
- Asia Matthew-Onabanjo
- Cynthia Fuhrmann
- Ben Vincent
- Clarissa Scholes
- Randy Schekman
- Sabine Petry
- Indira Raman
- Kassandra Ori-McKenney
- Shannon Behrman
- Alexandra Schnoes
- Noah Green
- Nina Griffin
- Beth Cohon
- Chris George
- Eric Kornblum
- Daniel McQuillen
Course Advisory Team
- Sarah Goodwin
- Elliot Kirschner
- Ron Vale
Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Rosa Veguilla, Karen Dell, Pam Ronald, Gary McDowell, Ashley Matthew