All Science is formed necessarily of three things:

the series of facts which constitute the science;

the ideas which they call forth; the words which express them.

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794)


Research Methods

Research Methods course designed as a project-based learning class. Students design and implement their own research project (field of subject can vary) while learning and practicing the skills that go into research. In addition to gaining new insights into research areas and acquiring new lab technique skills, students design and execute their own novel research project which can be presented at the local science fair or other science research competitions.

  • INQUIRY. A substantial portion of the class comes from the independent investigations and presentations of your own work. Often times in research you need to spend time outside of official class time reading about your research, analyzing data and even collecting data. Students who commit to this extra time are successful.

  • QUANTITATIVE REASONING. The use of quantitative skills to analyze real-world problems is another significant aspect to the class. Students who are engaged and curious about how to make a strong quantitative argument are successful.

  • WRITING. You can expect to write regularly, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help you improve your writing. You may find additional help from

Research Literature & Writing PART 1

Introduction to technical/ scientific writing and utilizing academic journals for background research.

Research Areas PART 2

Get exposure to the wide variety of disciplines and learn some common lab techniques.

Statistics & Data Analysis PART 3

Introduction to differential and inferential statistics that can be utilized in the analysis of research.

Research Paper & Poster PART 4

Details about writing up the results of your research and creating a research poster to share your findings.

Recommended Texts

“Research Methods for Science”

by Michael P. Marder

(ISBN: 978-0521145848)

Recommended Laboratory Notebook