Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Research Skills Program! While we'll be using Canvas and Portfolium throughout the program, this page will serve as a resource for information about the program, including the workshop schedule (below) and answers to frequently-asked questions.
While this is an established program, we have made some changes to it! Because we recognize that students are juggling hectic schedules, this year's program is available online! This means students taking evening lab courses or tight schedules have the flexibility to fit this series into their schedules!
Students need to complete six modules, which become visible on March 1, 2021:
All workshops will be held online via Canvas.
Becoming a researcher
Participants will receive content created by the Coordinator of the Office of Undergraduate Research, explore opportunities available to VT students, identify potential mentors, and explore strategies for locating a mentor, such as crafting an email.
Presenters: Keri Swaby and Amanda MacDonald
Using Data & Information Ethically
Participants will discover methods of ethical data use including in-text quotations, citations, consent, misconduct, human subjects training, and IRB information
Presenter: Anne Brown
Managing & Organizing Data
Participants will explore data management principles, practices, and tools alongside strategies to consider when working with research data of all shapes, sizes, and formats
Presenter: Anne Brown and Amanda MacDonald
Managing & Organizing Information
Participants will learn about citation managers such as EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero for managing and organizing your citations, research articles, and other research information
Presenter: Lisa Becksford
Writing Successful Proposals
Participants will practice drafting proposals and abstracts for publishers, conference organizers, and grant funders, as most require proposals and abstracts before publishing, accepting, and/or funding your research
Presenter: Amanda MacDonald
Sharing Your Research
Participants will walk through the process of planning, designing, developing, printing, and presenting your research by creating a poster, activating your ePortfolio, and perfecting your elevator pitch
Presenter: Kelsey Hammer and Amanda MacDonald