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.
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
- Cynthia Fuhrmann
- Ryan Hernandez
- Asia Matthew-Onabanjo
- Kassandra Ori-McKenney
- Sabine Petry
- Indira Raman
- Randy Schekman
- Clarissa Scholes
- Ben Vincent
- Keith Yamamoto
Shannon is the Associate Director for Scientific Training and Education at iBiology. She co-produces, along with Alexandra Schnoes, a series of online courses for life scientists about career and professional development. In 2015 and 2016, she organized the iBiology Young Scientist Seminar competition and workshop in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
Alexandra is the Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at iBiology. She co-produces, along with Shannon Behrman, a series of online courses for life scientists about career and professional development. She is passionate about biomedical workforce issues and is a collaborator on several research programs that investigate the efficacy of different career and professional development interventions for scientist trainees.
Noah was traditionally trained in neuroscience but discovered a passion for combining neurological, cognitive psychological, and educational concepts and techniques to create evidence-based teaching techniques at the undergraduate and adult learning levels. Therefore, he has dedicated himself to the development, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based teaching strategies in the online learning arena.
With a background in both art and science, Nina strives to make science more accessible through storytelling. As a film editor at iBiology, Nina creates a variety of content on science research, culture, and education.
Beth is an independent video editor with a background in film and commercial advertising. Along with Nina, she is excited to contribute her skills as an editor and visual storyteller to the world of science communication.
Chris George is a freelance graphic designer, animator, and illustrator Based in New York City. With a background in filmmaking and post production, Chris works with production companies and creative studios to develop visually striking work with an emphasis on communication and narrative.
Eric Kornblum is the Video Guru for iBiology, and handles videography, video editing, compression, media management, and archive. He was previously the Senior Video Specialist at Electronic Arts, and has over 20 years of experience in the field.
Daniel is an independent software developer, specializing in e-learning and simulation applications. He is helping the iBiology Courses team develop this e-learning site using Open EdX open source software.
Course Advisory Team
Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Rosa Veguilla, Karen Dell, Pam Ronald, Gary McDowell, Ashley Matthew
Frequently Asked Questions
What web browser should I use?
The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.
See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.
What do I get at the end?
When you complete the course, you will receive a printable certificate from iBiology Courses to commemorate your participation in the course.