This course will prepare you and support you in carrying out your Bachelor Research Project, which is the final part of your degree. A series of crash-courses and short sessions (run by local experts) will touch upon the core skills that are necessary for you to finish your research project successfully.
Additionally, this course offers the opportunity to share your research experiences with your fellow students. This can help you to tackle problems encountered during your project and it provides a broad overview of the research performed within the institute.
The course runs during the entire third year of your bachelor. It consists of a poster session during which you obtain information about the available projects, a week of crash courses preceding your bachelor project and biweekly meetings for the duration of your project. The sessions will cover:
Labwork & safety
Briefing by Technical support departments
Basic lab skills
Library use & Searching for literature
Reading literature and extracting useful information
Popular science communication
CV writing and job application
In order to pass you need to complete the Safety drill and the fire extinguishing drill, attend all sessions, turn in all assignments, and give the required presentations.
The goals of this course are threefold. The first goal is to let you acquire the soft skills as listed below. The second goal is to help you with difficulties that can occur during your bachelor project. The third goal is to give you an overview of the research being done in the institute.
After this course you will be able to:
Work safely and independently in a lab environment
Identify and relate with the key support departments of a lab
Manage a ~20 week research project
Perform a structured search for scientific literature
Efficiently obtain from scientific literature what you need for your research
Manage research data and write a data management plan
Analyze experimental errors
Write in proper Academic English
Present your research to a specialized audience
Mode of instruction
The course is Pass/Fail.
To pass, you need to: -Attend all sessions in the first week of February (full week) -Attend all subsequent sessions -Turn in all assignments.