From Idea to Publication: Building Your Own Research Project

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June 28, 2021 - August 11, 20216/28 - 8/116 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineJohn Hester

Course Description

This is a Course-based Research Experience (CRE) class that will provide students with the chance to propose, design, and conduct their own research projects, 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 (doing) a unique, personal project and learning the basics of research and relevant research 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
  • Publishing your project and presenting your research
  • Collaborating with peers
While we won’t be meeting together in a room every day, the core components remain the same. The course will be made up of online videos and assignments and breakout sessions with me (the instructor) and fellow students. You will be creating your own original research project with data of your choosing, and applying the tools you learn and discuss your ideas.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPC0904

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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