Educational Seminars and Information Sessions

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

  1. North Star Series: Undergraduate Research: Key Skills and Lay of the Land
  2. "All About Finding Research" Information Session
  3. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 4-part seminar
  4. Graduate School admission and personal statement workshops
  5. Preparing for Intersections
  6. Recordings from past sessions

Undergraduate Research: Key Skills and Lay of the Land

A Provost North Star Credential Program

There is much to learn about and ways to prepare for research before stepping into a laboratory.  This experience is designed with modular content that allows you to pursue the topics of greatest interest across three categories.  Zoom links will be available on Handshake.

I. Professional Development Research Skills 

  1. Overview of the research process and finding research.  Content includes how to use the SOURCE website to find research opportunities during the academic year and summer, explore faculty research, and more.  Presenter: Dr. Sheila Pedigo, SOURCE.  Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  2. Communications Skills (part 1).  Learn how to communicate with faculty about research opportunities and developing a resume.  Presenter: Oscar Ramos, SOURCE. Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  3. STEM Graduate School Application Process.  Content includes how to organize the graduate school application process and a guide to writing personal statements.  Presenter:  Dr, Ina Martin, MORE Center, with a faculty panel for Q&A.  Friday, October 9, 2:00 pm - 3:15 p.m.  View recording here.
  4. Professional Skills in Research Teams.  Content includes tips for beginning researchers, communication skills for working with mentors and lab partners and lab notebook (e)-writing.  Presenters: Laurie Dudik, RC Electronic Design Center; Dr. Ina Martin, MORE Center and Oscar Ramos, SOURCE.  Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  5. Communications Skills (part 2).  Further develop your communication skills with faculty, administration, employers and other external partners.  Presenter: Tiffany McNamara from ThinkBox. Monday, October 26, 9:30 a.m.
  6. Introduction to Research Ethics: Case Studies.  Explore some real-life situations and discuss best practices for handling data, discussing authorship, developing good mentoring relationships and more.  Presenter: Tracy Wilson Holden, Office of Research Administration. Friday, November 13, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

II.  Practical STEM Laboratory Skills

  1. Microscopy Basics for Application Across Fields: Light and electrons, conductors, insulators, and biological materials.  Coordinated by the Ina Martin and the MORE Center.  Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  2. Vacuum Systems and Thin Films.  Presenter: Laurie Dudik, Electronic Design Center (EDC).  Friday, October 23, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  3. Testing and Measurements: Solar cells, Transistors and More.  Presenters: Dr. Ina Martin and Laurie Dudik.  Friday, November 6, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  4. Biology research essentials.  Presenter:  Dr. Radhika Atit, Department of Biology.  Time TBD.

III. Research Department Overviews 

These sessions will be led by faculty in academic departments and research centers.  While many majors now have 1-hour research overview courses, these North Star sessions are designed for students who still are exploring.

  1. Institute for the Science of Origins.  Presenters: Professors Glenn Stockman and Patricia Princehouse.   Monday, October 5, 9:30 a.m.
  2. Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD).  Learn about online courses and datasets as well as conducting statistical analysis on data sets. Explore basic data science/mining skills and data clustering with the AI, image processing and medical image space.  Presenters: Dr. Mehdi Alilou and Dr. Rakesh Shiradkar.  Monday, October 12, 9:30 a.m.
  3. Department of Biochemistry.  Presenter:  Dr. Vivien Yee.  Tuesday, October 13, 9:30 a.m.
  4. Department of Physics.  Presenter: Dr. Gary Chottiner.  Friday, October 16, 2:00 p.m.
  5. Department of Neurosciences.  Presenters: Dr. David Friel and Dr. Ashley Nemes.  Monday, October 19, 9:30 a.m.  View recording here.
  6. Department of Chemistry: Research methodology and overview.  Presenter: Dr. Rekha Srinivasan.  Tuesday, October 27, 9:00 a.m.
  7. Department of Nutrition.  Presenter: Dr. Rosa Hand.  Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 a.m.
  8. Biomedical Engineering. Presenter and Time TBD.
  9. More Departments coming!

About the Credential Process:

Provost Ben Vinson will award a North Star Certificate to students who complete five sessions with at least one from the professional development area and one from the practical skills area.

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. 

The schedule of sessions for Fall 2020 are below: 

Tuesday, October 20, 7 pm 

Monday, October 26, 9 am

Tuesday, November 3, 7 pm

Monday, November 9, 9:30 am

Tuesday, November 17, 7 pm

To register for one of the above SOURCE Info sessions, please click on one of the event dates above or view the full listing in 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  - Tuesday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. (Research involves inherent risks to those working in the laboratory. If you plan to work with viruses, radiation, or other potentially harmful substances, learn how to protect yourself and understand what training you should have before you start.)
  2. Communication & Collaboration - Tuesday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. (This session covers what you should expect from relationships you have with the principal investigator, the graduate students, the post-docs and understand what training you should have before you start.)
  3. Humans & Animals - Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. (When performing research involving humans or animals it is important to understand your responsibilities. This session will cover how to protect human subjects in research as well as outline the practices employed by the University to ensure humane care and use of animals in research.)
  4. Data Management - Tuesday, November 3, 9:00 a.m. (Data management encompasses many topics including acquisition, analysis, security, confidentiality, sharing, custody, and retention of data. This seminar will introduce the standards available for managing research data and providing guidelines for best practices.)

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

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.  To be offered on Friday, November 6, 2 pm via Zoom. 

To register, click here

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

This workshop offered each semester is part of our new North Star Program during Fall 2020.  Please see above for more information.

A recording of a previous session can be viewed by clicking here.

SOURCE Summer 2020 Research Learning Sessions

Please see below recordings of the sessions offered to all students participating in undergraduate research with Case Western Reserve University in Summer 2020.  Feel free to click and view for your own personal, academic and professional development. Questions, please contact SOURCE office at 

Recordings of Tuesday Sessions:  

June 2 - Research services and research databases provided by CWRU Libraries, CWRU Research services librarians, Kelvin Smith Library: Evan Meszaros and Daniela Solomon. To view the recording of this session, click here

June 16 - Rhodes, Truman, Fulbright, Oh My!, Amanda McCarthy, Assistant Dean, CWRU Office of Undergraduate Studies. To view the recording, click here

June 23 - Applying to Medical School and The Admissions Process, Tom McKenzie, Assistant Director of Admission of CWRU Medical School.  To view the presentation, click here

June 30 - An Insider’s Guide to Getting Into Medical School, Liz Myers, Director, Admissions & Student Services Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.  To view the recording, click here

July 7 - Applying to Graduate School in STEM, Dr. Ina Martin, MORE Center Director of Operations, Department of Physics. To view the recording, click here

July 14 - Preparing for Intersections: Improving Presentation Skills and How to make a Poster Presentation, Jenn DeSantis, Assistant Director, CWRU Academic Resources and Student Advancement.  To view the recording, click here

July 21 -Tips for Effective Resume Writing, Laura Papcum, CWRU Assistant Director for Alumni Career Services, Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Education. To view the recording, click here

July 28 - Discovering Launchnet, Victoria Avi, Program Manager, CWRU Launchnet. To view the recording, click here.  

Recordings of Wednesday Sessions:  

June 3 (9 am) - Dr. Alan Levine, The Essential Triad:  How the gut really protects us, CWRU Molecular Biology and Microbiology Department.  To view the recording, click here

June 10 (9 am) - Dr. Jenny Hawkins, Circumventing Antitrust Law: Cooperation Between Government and Industry During Times of Crisis, 1910-1945, CWRU Economics Department.  To view the recording, click here

July 8 (11 am) - Dr. Lydia Kisely, Science at the ultimate concentration limit – imaging one molecule at a time, CWRU Physics Department.  To view the recording, click here

July 15 (11 am) - Dr. Lauren Calandruccio, The "cocktail party problem" isn't just a problem at cocktail parties, CWRU Department of Psychological Sciences. To view the recording, click here

July 29 (10 am) - Dr. Anant Madabhushi, Computational Imaging and Artificial Intelligence for Precision Medicine,  F. Alex Nason Professor II, CWRU Department of Biomedical Engineering. To view the recording, click here.