Summer Learning Community

Student researchers: Optimize your experience by participating in this free summer learning community.


Mentored experiences in research can be very rewarding. Students develop their research skills, research identity, and professional connections - all while making important research contributions.

The purpose of this learning community is to convene student researchers from across disciplines into a community where they learn from one another and develop skills that are important to researchers in all disciplines, such as communication, organization, and research codes of conduct.

Target Audience

Undergraduate student researchers are the primary audience, though the content is relevant to graduate and professional students, who are also welcome. Students do not need to be actively engaged in research to participate.


Participants meet weekly in Microsoft Teams. We often request that you review something before we meet (a short video or brief read). All sessions are on Fridays, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Our time together will look like this:

  1. Small group check-ins (20 minutes)
  2. Topic overview (15 minutes)
  3. Reflection with small group and large group discussion (25 minutes)
  4. Break (5 min)
  5. Whatever the session calls for (25 minutes)

Students who attend eight or more sessions will receive a certificate of participation (a little resume boost).

Summer Learning Community Topics and Dates for 2021
Discussion Date
What to Expect, How to Thrive May 21
Mentorship Best Practices May 28
What Qualifies as Evidence? June 4
Data Stewardship June 11
*cancelled to commemorate Juneteenth holiday* June 18
Research Culture June 25
Research Ethics July 9
Understanding Ownership of Your Work July 16
Virtual Presentations Featuring Research Elevator Pitches July 23
Leveraging Your Experience for the Next Big Thing July 30


Megan Lamkin, PhD
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Undergraduate Research

Amy Koshoffer, MS, MLIS
Associate Senior Librarian and Assistant Director of Research and Data Services, UC Libraries

Marcell Crawford, MEd
Assistant Director and Advisor, UC Honors Program

Rebecca Olson
Business and Social Sciences Informationist, UC Libraries

Donald Whittrock
Program Manager, Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement, College of Engineering and Applied Science