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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. Brown faculty are that rare academic combination — talented teachers and dedicated researchers. From scientific breakthroughs to major archaeological digs, our faculty members are making front-page news, redefining fields, and turning Brown research into solutions for real-world problems.

Brown graduate and undergraduate students have a powerful opportunity to become part of this vibrant and exciting research enterprise. Students who perform research at Brown find an open and encouraging environment that welcomes creative and entrepreneurial thinking. The scale of the institution fosters thoughtful relationships among collaborators, mentors, and students. Concepts developed in the course of research can lead to more opportunity, at Brown and beyond. 

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. OVPR also fosters connections and collaboration with other institutions and companies, including through the Rhode Island Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a statewide collaborative venture co-founded by Brown.

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.