Educational Seminars and Information Sessions

SOURCE is pleased to host a wide variety of educational seminars and information sessions including:

  1. Summer Learning Sessions
  2. Think Big Research Scholars
  3. "All About Finding Research" Information Session
  4. Preparing for Intersections
  5. Graduate School admission and personal statement workshops
  6. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 4-part seminar

Summer Learning Sessions

Tuesday Learning Sessions (For All Students conducting Undergraduate Research)

All sessions are virtual (via Zoom) and will occur from 12 pm - 1 pm EDT*.  To attend any one (or all) of these sessions, please register via Handshake.  The main purpose of these sessions is to inform, educate and inspire you to become well equipped in your pursuit of academic excellence and professional development.  


Date Topic Presenter
June 1 Intro, Welcome and Announcements and Developing Personal Leadership Dr. Sheila Pedigo (SOURCE Director); Developing Personal Leadership, Oscar Ramos (SOURCE Associate Director) 
June 8 Research services and research databases provided by CWRU Libraries Research services librarians, Kelvin Smith Library: Vivian McCallum, Karen Oye, Daniela Solomon
June 11, 9 AM REQUIRED for SOURCE FUNDED Students -Research Ethics for Undergraduate Researchers Tracy Wilson-Holden, Executive Director, Research Integrity, Education and Outreach, Office of Research and Technology Management
June 15 Introduction to Intellectual Property, Asset Creation to Monetization Daniel Pendergast, CWRU Senior Director of Operations, Technology Transfer Office
June 22 Rhodes, Truman, Fulbright, Oh My! Amanda McCarthy, Assistant Dean, CWRU Office of Undergraduate Studies
June 29 Applying to Graduate School in STEM Dr. Ina Martin, MORE Center Director of Operations, Department of Physics
July 6 Student Presentation - Open Q&A with SOURCE Team Dr. Sheila Pedigo, SOURCE Director and Oscar Ramos, SOURCE Associate Director
July 13 Student Presentation - Applying to Medical School and The Admissions Process Tom McKenzie, Assistant Director of Admission of CWRU Medical School.  Liz Myers, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Cleveland Clinic
July 20 Student Presentation - Improving Presentation Skills and How to make a Poster Presentation Jenn DeSantis, Assistant Director, CWRU Academic Resources and Student Advancement
July 27  Student Presentation - Tips for Effective Resume Writing CWRU Assistant Director for Alumni Career Services, Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Education
August 3  Student Presentation - Discovering Launchnet Victoria Avi, Program Manager, CWRU Launchnet
Wednesday Learning Sessions (Bio Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Chemistry) 

All sessions are virtual (via Zoom) will occur from 12 pm - 1 pm EDT*.  To attend any one (or all) of these sessions, please register via Handshake.  The main purpose of these sessions is to enhance the research knowledge and skills of its participants. 


Date Topic Presenter
June 2 Welcome and Intro. Dr. Brian Maxwell, Towards Predicting and Mitigating Industrial Explosions Through Numerical Simulation Dr. Brian Maxwell, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
June 9 From Giant Magnetoresistance to Nonlinear Transport in Topological Materials: An Exciting Journey with Spin  Dr. Shulei Zhang, Physics Department 
June 16 

Student Presentation.  Faculty Presentation Title: Planetary environmental science: how minerals reveal the long-term climate history of Mars, Venus and Earth. 

Dr. Ralph Harvey,  Earth and Planetary Sciences Department
June 23

Student Presentation.  Faculty Presentation Title: Sex differences in Brain Tumors, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic 

Dr. Justin Lathia, Cleveland Clinic
June 30 Student Presentation.  Faculty Presentation Title: Engineering Human Articular Cartilage Tissue In Vitro Dr. Harihara Baskaran, Engineering Department
July 7 Student Presentation. Faculty Presentation Title: Photovoltaics and Data Science: How do we assure the Lifetime Performance of PV Power Plants Dr. Roger French, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
July 14 Student Presentation.  Faculty Presentation Title: Organization of the Newcleolus Dr. Alan Tartakoff, School of Medicine and Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, School of Medicine
July 21 Student Presentation.  Faculty Presentation Title: Is there a link between Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis? Dr. Wen-Cheng Xiong, Riuko and Archie G. Co Professor, Department of Neurosciences, School of Medicine
July 28 Student Presentations and Open Forum SOURCE Team and Student Presenters
August 4  Follow Your Gut

Dr. Alan Levine, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine 

Thursday Learning Sessions (Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy & Sustainability - SURES)

Students from the SURES program will meet weekly to discuss their projects and hear speakers. Students’  faculty and graduate student mentors as well as others are invited. Contact for the zoom  link. SOURCE is grateful to Stephanie Corbett, Director, Office of Energy and Sustainability, for partnering with  SOURCE and developing this summer seminar schedule. Location: Virtual in June; In-Person/Hybrid is a Possibility for July, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 


Date Topic Presenter
June 3  Program Introduction and Individual Student Projects Dr. Sheila Pedigo and Team
June 10 Office of Energy and Sustainability Update: Energy, Climate, Recycling, Reuse and More. Erika Weliczko, Energy Manager and Erin Kollar, Assistant Director
June 17 CWRU Biology Research at the University Farm Professors Mike Benard and Jean Buns, Department of Biology
June 24 Drink Local Drink Tap's Local & Global Work Erin Huber, Executive Director
July 1 Impact investing for sustainable and inclusive communities Patrick Doherty, President Long Haul Capital Group
July 8 Sustainability in the Public Space Jason Wood, Chief Sustainability, City of Cleveland
July 15 Feed People, Not Landfills Daniel Brown, Co-Founder, Rust Belt Riders and Tilth Soil
July 22 Race, Place and Injustice Kim Foreman, Executive Director, Environmental Health Watch
July 29 & August 5  Final Presentations TBD

Think Big Research Scholars: A Provost North Star Credential Program

In Spring 2021, SOURCE initiated a new Provost Office credentialed program, Think Big Research Scholars.  This program provides advanced content to prepare undergraduates to build successful portfolios for graduate school.   We especially encourage first-generation, under-represented minorities and international students who are interested or considering graduate school in STEM to participate.  Students who complete six sessions (as described below) will receive a research starter kit and a Think Big Research Scholar Certificate of Completion from Provost Ben Vinson.  

Fall 2021 Dates and Workshops Coming Soon!  Stay Tuned.

Looking for Research? Attend the info session, "All About Finding Research"

Offered Virtually! This 50-minute information session provides you with the basic information for finding research on and around CWRU during the academic year and provides some guidance for students looking for summer research.  Sessions will resume in Fall 2021.  Please stay tuned for the schedule.

Preparing for Intersections

Planning to present at Intersections? Attend these workshops:

The Elevator Pitch Workshop: Presenting Your Research to Strangers

Presented by Dr. Bill Doll and Dr. Barbara Burgess-Van Aken, this workshop will share valuable advice on explaining complex research, maximizing the potential of your video format, as well as strategies for answering questions about your research.

Fall 2021 Dates TBD.  

Preparing for Intersections: Improving Presentation Skills and How to Make a Poster

Tuesday, July 20, 12 PM (Register via Handshake)

Presented by Jennifer DeSantis, Associate Director of Student Advancement, this session will provide information on how to present via video, how to prepare your PowerPoint and how to make a poster.

Graduate School admission and personal statement workshops

Applying to Graduate School in Social Sciences - and Writing Those Pesky Personal Statements

Offered Virtually! This workshop will have a particular focus on personal statements for students who plan to pursue graduate education in the Social Sciences field.   Date: TBD for Fall 2021.  Register via Handshake here. 

The Graduate School Admission Process in STEM Fields: Organizing for Success

Date for Summer 2021: June 29, 12 PM.  Register via Handshake

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Conducted each Fall semester, the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a 4-part seminar series focused on research ethics for undergraduate researchers.  Students who complete all four sessions receive a Certificate of Completion.  Sessions are 50 minutes.  Please register and find the Zoom link on Handshake.

  1. Laboratory Safety  
  2. Communication & Collaboration 
  3. Humans & Animals 
  4. Data Management

RCR is co-sponsored by the Office of Research Administration and SOURCE. These sessions are held each fall semester.  Fall Dates: TBD.