This program is designed to provide participants with hands-on research experience. However, it will also provide additional training and opportunities for participants to achieve readiness in three main areas:  readiness for research, readiness for academics, and readiness for self-presentation.

Readiness for Research

Goals

  • Develop laboratory skills
  • Learn experimental design
  • Learn to interpret results

Mechanisms

  • Hands-on laboratory experience
  • Independent research project under the guidance of senior laboratory members
  • Workshops on lab skills, safety, etc
  • Performance evaluations and regular discussions with program directors

Readiness for Academics

Goals

  • Learn how to apply knowledge
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Develop a deeper understanding of developmental biology and regenerative medicine

Mechanisms

  • Attend classes and seminars, with the option to audit graduate classes
  • Read and interpret primary literature with feedback from mentors

Readiness for Self-Presentation

Goals

  • Develop speaking and writing skills
  • Increase self-confidence in one’s self and one’s identity as a scientist

Mechanisms

  • Opportunities to practice oral and written communication skills
  • Workshops on scientific writing, graduate applications, and interviewing
  • Formal and informal interactions with faculty members, graduate students, and scientific staff

This framework was inspired by Remich R, Naffziger-Hirsch ME, Gazley JL, McGee R. Scientific Growth and Identity Development during a Postbaccalaureate Program: Results from a Multisite Qualitative Study. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2016 fall;15(3):ar25. doi: 10.1187/cbe.16-01-0035. PMID: 27496357; PMCID: PMC5008872.