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Entering Research Curriculum Development Institute for UW-Madison Graduate Programs

Apply for the one-day curriculum development institute on building graduate students’ research skills.

During the institute, participants are introduced to Entering Research, build a custom curriculum or modify an existing one using a backward design approach, and develop an assessment plan. This national training is available to UW–Madison graduate programs at no cost to you through sponsorship by the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) and the Graduate School.

Entering Research Curriculum Development Institute for UW-Madison graduate programs
Thursday, January 19th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Apply by December 5th to secure a spot.

What have previous participants said about this institute?

  • “This workshop was wonderful, enjoyable, and has changed the way [I] view curriculum development and assessment. I will be able to use these tools for discipline specific courses well outside the scope of Entering Research. Thank you!”
  • “The access to the activities is so valuable. I had been inventing my own "wheel" and to have honed and tested activities to use for these topics is a wonderful resource.
  • Super competent and informed facilitators…. The curriculum is so realistic and easy to use. I appreciate all the thought and hard work that has gone into it."

During the institute, graduate program teams map their current program learning objectives, assessments, and activities to the seven areas of research student development in the Entering Research Conceptual Framework:

  1. research comprehension and communication skills
  2. practical research skills
  3. research ethics
  4. researcher identity
  5. researcher confidence and independence
  6. equity and inclusion awareness and skills
  7. professional and career development skills

Once mapped, teams identify gaps and areas for improvement, then select evidence-based activities and assessment tools introduced at the workshop to integrate into their programs.

Applications must be received by December 5th to be considered. Attendance is limited to 40 participants (10 - 15 graduate program teams) and preference will be given to teams that:

  1. include 1-4 people (e.g., program directors, faculty mentors, coordinators) directly involved in planning or implementing the graduate program, and/or assessing their students’ learning.
  2. commit to implementing their custom curriculum within the next calendar year.
  3. are available to attend in person the full workshop, arriving by 9:00 am and remaining until 4:30 pm on January 19th.


One team member should apply. They will be asked to list other team members on their application.

Accepted teams will be notified by December 12th and must register to attend by January 6th.  All participants will receive a free copy of the Entering Research book and other workshop resources. Lunch and a snack will be provided.


Keywords:Entering Research Curriculum Development Institute   Doc ID:122415
Owner:Alissa E.Group:Graduate School
Created:2022-11-09 16:48 CDTUpdated:2022-11-09 16:53 CDT
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