Summer Learning Community

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

Check back in March 2024 to register for our Summer 2024 program.


Our learning community brings together student researchers from across disciplines to learn from one another and develop important skills, like effective research collaboration, communication, and ethical codes of conduct.

Community meetings are hosted by a team of UC faculty, staff, and graduate students. Each meeting has a central theme and a lead facilitator who organizes discussion topics and activities, while co-facilitators guide small group activities.

The 2023 Learning Community runs May 19-July 28. Meetings are on Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with informal socializing from 9:00-9:30. 

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

The lead facilitator for each meeting presents via Zoom. We provide 2 in-person locations where the Zoom meeting is displayed and co-facilitators are present to guide discussion and activities within those spaces. Co-facilitators will also be available in Zoom to guide discussion and activities for virtual participants.

In-person participation is recommended for a better social experience. Coffee and pastries provided. The in-person location options are:

  • East Campus: Lucas Board Room within the Health Sciences Library (College of Medicine Medical Science Building)
  • West Campus: Data Visualization Center located inside the Geo-Math-Physics Library. 

What to Expect

We provide a brief reading, video, or assignment each Monday to orient you to the weekly topic. Meetings tend to follow this basic structure:

  • Welcome/Opening remarks (5 minutes)
  • Small group reflection & discussion (20 minutes)
  • Presentation/Lecture (15 minutes)
  • Small group activities (25 minutes)
  • Closing remarks and reflection (20 minutes)


Meetings are on Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with informal socializing from 9:00-9:30 a.m. Coffee and pastries provided at in-person locations.

Date Topic   

May 19

May 26

June 2

June 9

June 16

June 23

June 30

July 7

July 14

Juy 21

July 28

Welcome to Research! Meet People, Learn Things

No meeting, Memorial Day weekend

Research Mentorship as Collaborative Practice

Responsible Data Stewardship

No meeting, Juneteenth weekend

Research Ethics

Building Your Network: Food, Social Activities (In-person only)

Understanding Ownership of Your Work

Research Communication: Purpose, Process, and Outcome

Research Writing Workshop

Adding Research to Your Resumé



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