Summer Learning Community

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

Check back in February 2023 for the Summer 2023 schedule. 


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.

Participate Virtually or In Person

Our Learning Community is led by a team of UC faculty, staff, and graduate students. For each meeting, one member of the team is the main facilitator and others are co-facilitators. The main facilitator for each meeting presents via Zoom. You may join virtually or go to an in-person location where the Zoom meeting is displayed and co-facilitators are present.

All sessions are on Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. 

In-person locations are at the Lucas Board Room within the Health Sciences Library (College of Medicine Medical Science Building) or the Data Visualization Center located inside the Geo-Math-Physics Library (main campus). Alternatively, some groups may organize their own in-person location and co-facilitator (typical for a National Science Foundation REU program and other Scholars programs). We recommend in-person participation for the best experience. 

Meeting Structure

Most of our meetings follow this basic structure:

  • Small group reflection & discussion (20 minutes)
  • Topic overview (15 minutes)
  • Small group activities (25 minutes)
  • Whatever the session calls for (25 minutes)

We often request that you review something before we meet (a short video or brief read).


MK Lamkin, PhD 
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Undergraduate Research                                           Summer Learning Community Primary Contact 

Andrew Cullison, PhD 
Executive Director, Cincinnati Ethics Center

Stephanie Kollmann Baker, MS 
Program Manager, College of Cooperative Education and Professional Studies

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

Prateek Raj
PhD Student, Political Science

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