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With research, we 'add to a story, building it piece by piece,' says Jessica Chery, pictured with Marcela Soruco, left, and Assistant Professor Erica Larschan, right. 'We do a lot of thinking and rethinking, hoping the hypothesis will guide us.'With research, we 'add to a story, building it piece by piece,' says Jessica Chery, pictured with Marcela Soruco, left, and Assistant Professor Erica Larschan, right. 'We do a lot of thinking and rethinking, hoping the hypothesis will guide us.'Research at Brown reflects the innovative and interdisciplinary character of the University. Cutting-edge work happens here, from interdisciplinary study of the human brain to 3-D imaging techniques for archaeological analysis. Our researchers are making front-page news, redefining fields and turning Brown research into solutions for real-world problems.

Students who conduct research at Brown find an open and encouraging environment that welcomes creative and entrepreneurial thinking. The Open Graduate Education program provides a way to formalize interdisciplinary research interests of the select doctoral candidates, as they pursue a secondary master's degree.  

Brown students have extraordinary resources through the Brown University Library and BorrowDirect, an interlibrary borrowing service offered by the university libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, and Yale. This Library guide for graduate students and Library research help page are good starting points for new students.   

The Office of the Vice President for Research advances the research enterprise at Brown, providing research administration services, including funding opportunities, training, and compliance, as well as licensing and commercialization assistance. 

Rules on Ethics Training
In response to a new National Science Foundation (NSF) requirement for the responsible conduct of research, the University has created the Brown Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research Education (BEARCORE) program, a half-day training program that is mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supported by grants awarded as a result of proposals submitted to NSF on or after January 4, 2010.