Module Descriptions

Building and Leading Diverse Research Teams: How & Why


This module will focus on the importance of building diverse research teams and implementing inclusive lab policies. It focuses on problem solving, decision making, gender and race in academia and how they influence our work culture, best practices, hiring, mentoring, lab culture and potential problems that may arise. We will discuss and work on ways to collaborate, mentor and lead a team.

Wellness for Success

Graduate school success isn't based solely in the classroom. Get tips for wellness outside of courses and labs. Sessions topics include financial wellness (by covering topics like budgeting, savings, and credit), sleep hygiene, stress management, and time management.

Research Mentoring In Science

Is this your first time mentoring a research student? Not sure where to start? Curious about best practices and strategies? Want a forum to talk and meet others interested in mentoring? Join us for this 4-part module on research mentoring in science with a focus on mentoring undergraduate researchers in a laboratory setting.

The 5 Rs: Research Data Management, Reproducibility, Repositories, and Researcher Recognition

The 5Rs Module aims to help Graduate Students with strategies, tools, and resources for supporting their research and publishing careers. The module content includes strategies for managing data and spreadsheets, tools for making research more reproducible, and resources for preserving and publishing digital content and making it discoverable, accessible, and citable.

Scientific Writing: Key Principles

Learn how to effectively communicate the what, why, how, and outcomes of your scientific research. Develop skills and strategies for writing a journal article, responding to reviewer comments, and engaging in critical peer reviews. Understand how to write with clarity and tailor scientific writing to a specific audience and publication format (journal article abstract vs. proposal).

Resources, Tools and Techniques in Biomedical Research

This module provides an introduction to key methodologies in modern biology and an overview of Brown University’s shared resource facilities. Visit core facilities that provide services in Biobanking, Microscopy, Structural Biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Transgenics, Molecular Pathology, Proteomics, Behavioral Phenotyping, XROMM and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Learn the basics of how the equipment works, how the technology is used in biomedical research, and how the data can be analyzed.

Reading Scientific Publications

Develop skills in reading and interpreting original scientific literature. Learn how to distill the main message of the paper, critically analyze the results presented, and engage in scientific discussions among colleagues. Learn how to compare and contrast publication formats for various types of journals and gain insight into the publication process.

Professionalism & Career Development: Preparing for the Postdoc

Gain insights and information to help you prepare for the next phase of your career. Learn how to utilize the Individual Development Plan (IDP) as a tool for self-assessment and planning. Develop interviewing skills, and consider how mentoring, networking, personal and professional development, and social support can aid in your postdoctoral/job selection process. Share best practices aimed at helping you succeed.