From Idea to Publication: Building Your Own Research Project

Course Description

This is a Course-based Research Experience (CRE) class that will provide you with the chance to propose, design, and conduct your own research project, working on topics and seeking answers to questions that are currently unknown to science.

The motto of The Brown University School of Public Health is "Learn public health by doing public health." This idea extends to this course; you should learn research by doing research. This will hopefully be accomplished by working on (crafting) a unique, personal project (on any topic you want!) and learning the basics of research and relevant methods and tools along the way.

In this course you can expect to understand/attain the following (among others):
• Forming a research question and fitting it to available data
• Conducting a systematic review of evidence
• Understanding, evaluating, and synthesizing published articles/data
• Evaluating the trustworthiness and usefulness of a source
• Tailoring research to different audiences/publication goals
• Basics of statistics, citation methods, hypothesis testing, bias, inference, and data visualization
• Creating a research question that builds on existing evidence
• Collaborating with peers
• Generally preparing for the college/academic world

You will be creating your own original research project with data of your choosing, applying the tools you learn, and discussing your ideas. This will be accomplished by learning and applying research skills through homework, group work, and short quizzes, and then using these skills (as applicable) to create a final project. You will be guided through each step of the writing process and will form potential ideas within the first week that will later be reviewed and serve as the backbone of the final paper.


This course is ideally suited for advanced students 16 years of age and older who are rising juniors, seniors, or will have recently graduated. Technology requirements (FIRM requirements): Access to a computer running Windows (7 or later) OR macOS (El Capitan or later), ability to install software on your computer (i.e., administrative privileges), and internet access. Any software we need in this class will be free or made free to you for the duration of the class. Potentially helpful, but NOT required: Experience writing paper 8+ pages long, exposure to basic statistics and/or statistical software, and basic experience using word and excel or similar.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 6 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Blended with required live sessions every Monday from 10:30AM - 12:00PM and Thursday from 3:00PM - 4:30PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): John Hester
Course Number: 10272