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Research Didactics & Resources

The YSM research requirement ensures that students learn fundamental skills, such as how to identify knowledge gaps, formulate questions, design and execute an investigative approach, analyze data, summarize results, and present one’s work to communities of interest. An important feature of the YSM research curriculum is the formal instruction students receive to successfully launch them on the path of acquiring and practicing these essential skills.

Fall through Spring of first year: Scientific Inquiry

This link provides details about the Scientific Inquiry course, including the learning objectives and that submission of the research proposal serves as the final assessment for this course and is required to receive credit for this course. For the full syllabus, please contact the Office of Student Research at

Summer after first year: Applied Principles of Research (APR)

This summer series focuses on scientific communication. The 2023 APR will be comprised of weekly, in-person “research-in-progress (RIP)” lunches. These sessions are designed to facilitate dissemination of research by preparing students to present their work at in person venues such as research group meetings, local seminars, patient support groups, and/or national/international meetings. All OSR summer funding recipients will be required to present at one in-person RIP. Lunch will be provided. These lunches will be complemented with access to optional synchronous and asynchronous virtual didactics selected to align with students’ research topics.