PEAK Experiences Awards Workshops Can Help You Climb to New Heights

Students researching the traditional textile industry in Bhutan.

Think you might be interested in research or creative endeavor, but don’t know how to start? Have an idea for a project, but not sure how to access the academic and financial support you need to get it off the ground? Then the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships’ Fall 2019 PEAK Experiences Award Workshop Series is for you!

This series of interactive workshops takes participants through the key stages of project development, from articulating the question that inspires your inquiry through writing a winning proposal–and everything in between. Whether you have a detailed idea for a project or simply think you might be interested in getting started, these workshops will help you take the next steps on your path to deeper involvement in research and creative endeavors.

The Project-Based Exploration for the Advancement of Knowledge, or PEAK, Experiences Awards offer support for undergraduate research and creative projects at any stage, from learners just starting out at the Base Camp to those scaling the Summit or Blazing Trails. Attendance at all the workshops in this series is a prerequisite for the Trail-Blazer Award and a great way for anyone else to take the next step toward making your project a reality!

Arunika Makam, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major, conducts research in the Mugar Life Sciences Building. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

PEAK Experiences Award Series: Research and Creative Endeavor @Northeastern Information Session
September 18, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Discover the extensive research and creative endeavor project opportunities available to Northeastern undergraduates through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, from cultivating mentors to securing funds to sharing results and figuring out next steps. Learn how to get involved, funded, and find the right resources with our office.

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PEAK Experiences Award Series: Cultivating a Faculty Mentor
September 24, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Strong mentoring relationships are essential for success in research and creative endeavor, as well as graduate school and fellowship applications. But mentoring isn’t only about what you can get—it’s about building long-term, mutual relationships. Learn how to identify and approach potential mentors, be a gracious mentee, and cultivate your connection into the future.

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Biruk Abreha S’19, right, discusses his structural chemistry research with colleagues.

PEAK Experiences Award Series: Making Your Case, Working with the Library Workshop
October 3, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30PM
Meet the dedicated staff and discover specialized resources—from 100,000 e-journals, to 30 years of recordings of Boston alt-rock station WFNX, to the archives of queer performance group The Theatre Offensive–that will help you conduct smart, targeted searches of our vast collections to find the essential sources in your field of endeavor. Bring a laptop if you have one.

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PEAK Experiences Award Series: Developing a Research Question or Creative Problem Workshop
October 16, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30PM
All research and creative endeavors revolve around a central research question, but how do you narrow down your interests and articulate an effective one? This workshop will help you through the process of identifying issues of significance and developing questions that are narrow, feasible, and help fill the gaps in your discipline.

A photo by Leila Habib S’20, part of a photo essay on the experience of global Ethiopian diasporic communities.

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PEAK Experiences Award Series: Ethical Conduct of Research and Creative Endeavor Workshop
October 22, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Research and creative projects must be both intellectually rigorous and also ethically sound: protecting human subjects, respecting animals, and treating our peers, collaborators, and communities with respect. This session covers both fundamental principles and the specifics of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

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PEAK Experiences Award Series: Formulating a Project Proposal Workshop
October 30, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
You’ve developed a question, researched the background, devised the methods—but how do you communicate the elements of your project effectively to an external reviewer? This session covers the construction of a compelling—and, hopefully, winning—project proposal.

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