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As  America’s first research university , we have been tackling difficult questions and finding answers since 1876.

Every day, our faculty and students work side by side in a tireless pursuit of discovery, continuing our founding mission to bring knowledge to the world. Whether you study engineering, chemistry, music, anthropology, or all of the above, every student here—no matter his or her major—is an investigator.

You can find research in whatever field you want because everyone here is doing some sort of research, and you can help out.

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Explore supernovae alongside a Nobel laureate. Learn how to make music with lasers . Create devices that will save lives in impoverished countries . Take a grand tour of the cities that inspired some of the Western world’s great thinkers—Venice, Florence, Paris, or London.

At Hopkins, you can do all of the above. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

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Programs & fellowships.

  • Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards : Receive up to $3,000 and be paired with a full-time faculty sponsor for research on any topic of your choosing
  • Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program : Engage in hands-on, independent learning with faculty mentors and receive funding of up to $10,000 over four years
  • ASPIRE grants : Promote independent research projects among undergrads in the School of Arts and Sciences; awards range from $500 to $4,500 per academic year

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PhD studies at MIT Sloan are intense and individual in nature, demanding a great deal of time, initiative, and discipline from every candidate. But the rewards of such rigor are tremendous:  MIT Sloan PhD graduates go on to teach and conduct research at the world's most prestigious universities.

PhD Program curriculum at MIT Sloan is organized under the following three academic areas: Behavior & Policy Sciences; Economics, Finance & Accounting; and Management Science. Our nine research groups correspond with one of the academic areas, as noted below.

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MIT Sloan is eager to provide a diverse group of talented students with early-career exposure to research techniques as well as support in considering research career paths.

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Rising Scholars Conference

The fourth annual Rising Scholars Conference on October 25 and 26 gathers diverse PhD students from across the country to present their research.

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The goal of the MIT Sloan PhD Program's admissions process is to select a small number of people who are most likely to successfully complete our rigorous and demanding program and then thrive in academic research careers. The admission selection process is highly competitive; we aim for a class size of nineteen students, admitted from a pool of hundreds of applicants.

What We Seek

  • Outstanding intellectual ability
  • Excellent academic records
  • Previous work in disciplines related to the intended area of concentration
  • Strong commitment to a career in research

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Admissions for 2024 is closed. The next opportunity to apply will be for 2025 admission. The 2025 application will open in September 2024. 

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Students in good academic standing in our program receive a funding package that includes tuition, medical insurance, and a fellowship stipend and/or TA/RA salary. We also provide a new laptop computer and a conference travel/research budget.

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Throughout the year, we organize events that give you a chance to learn more about the program and determine if a PhD in Management is right for you.

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At MIT Sloan's Doctoral Research Forum, our PhD candidates and recent grads get to share their job market presentations with the MIT Sloan community. This year, we would like to invite you to join us virtually!

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MIT Sloan PhD Program will be joining the DocNet consortium for an overview of business academia and a recruitment fair at Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School.

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Unlike formulaic approaches to training scholars, the PhD Program at MIT Sloan allows students to choose their own adventure and develop a unique scholarly identity. This can be daunting, but students are given a wide range of support along the way - most notably having access to world class faculty and coursework both at MIT and in the broader academic community around Boston.

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MIT Sloan produces top-notch PhDs in management. Immersed in MIT Sloan's distinctive culture, upcoming graduates are poised to innovate in management research and education.

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Graduates of the MIT Sloan PhD Program are researching and teaching at top schools around the world.

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The PhD Program is integral to the research of MIT Sloan's world-class faculty. With a reputation as risk-takers who are unafraid to embrace the unconventional, they are engaged in exciting disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that often includes PhD students as key team members.

Research centers across MIT Sloan and MIT provide a rich setting for collaboration and exploration. In addition to exposure to the faculty, PhD students also learn from one another in a creative, supportive research community.

Throughout MIT Sloan's history, our professors have devised theories and fields of study that have had a profound impact on management theory and practice.

From Douglas McGregor's Theory X/Theory Y distinction to Nobel-recognized breakthroughs in finance by Franco Modigliani and in option pricing by Robert Merton and Myron Scholes, MIT Sloan's faculty have been unmatched innovators.

This legacy of innovative thinking and dedication to research impacts every faculty member and filters down to the students who work beside them.

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“MIT Sloan PhD training is a transformative experience. The heart of the process is the student’s transition from being a consumer of knowledge to being a producer of knowledge. This involves learning to ask precise, tractable questions and addressing them with creativity and rigor. Hard work is required, but the reward is the incomparable exhilaration one feels from having solved a puzzle that had bedeviled the sharpest minds in the world!” -Ezra Zuckerman Sivan Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship

Sample Dissertation Abstracts - These sample Dissertation Abstracts provide examples of the work that our students have chosen to study while in the MIT Sloan PhD Program.

We believe that our doctoral program is the heart of MIT Sloan's research community and that it develops some of the best management researchers in the world. At our annual Doctoral Research Forum, we celebrate the great research that our doctoral students do, and the research community that supports that development process.

The videos of their presentations below showcase the work of our students and will give you insight into the topics they choose to research in the program.

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The Master’s program usually lays the groundwork for the pursuit of a Ph.D. These programs focus on specialized research, rigorous coursework, and superb faculty mentorship. A graduate degree from Berkeley EECS ensures that you have cultivated the necessary skills to succeed in a career in industry or teaching.

Master of Science (M.S.) Only

Semester Admitted: Fall (August)

Application deadline: mid-December

Full-time Commitment: ~2 years

Location: On-Campus

Focus: Leads to career in industrial R&D or Ph.D.

The Master of Science (MS) program is a very small research program for exceptional applicants with research experience . The MS leads to a PhD or a career in industrial R&D.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Only

Full-time Commitment:  5-6 years (starting with a Bachelor’s),  3-5 years (starting with a Master’s)

Focus: Research + teaching experience

A Ph.D. in EECS combines coursework and original research with exceptional faculty mentoring to  prepare for a career in academia or industry.

Both (M.S./Ph.D.)

Full-time Commitment:   5-6 years

Focus: Research preparation for the PhD.

A full program for those who know they would like to pursue a Ph.D at Berkeley.

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About the Research Methodology Master's Program at Loyola

Numbers tell a story. At Loyola, we believe data tells the story of the human experience, including the causes of pressing social problems. In Loyola's MA in Research Methodology program, you'll learn how to look at numbers in context and use data to address social inequities. In the program, we'll challenge you to approach research from a social justice lens, using data to highlight the systematic and personal characteristics that contribute to disparities—and then leveraging your findings to offset them and effect positive change.

Program Structure

The online research methodology program can be pursued full-time or part-time . Full-time students can complete the coursework in three semesters of study. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.

Why Choose Loyola for Your MA in Research Methodology?

In Loyola's master's program in research methodology, you'll learn how to leverage data to challenge inequities and create change in communities and organizations. You'll use the latest research techniques to approach social and organizational challenges and study alongside PhD-level students in many of your courses, preparing you for doctoral-level work and several other career paths.

  • Two certification options
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  • Distinctive faculty
  • Preparation for a variety of career paths
  • Advanced level classes
  • Thesis option

Get ahead of the curve and enhance your career options with two exceptional certificate programs that complement the program. Learn how to apply cutting-edge quantitative techniques in an academic or research setting in Loyola's Measurement & Quantitative Methodology Certificate program. Or, gain expertise in using data to make decisions in nonprofits, schools, and other organizations in the Organizational Evaluation Certificate program .

Learn in Loyola's School of Education, which serves more than 1,000 graduate students in master's degree, educational specialist, certificate, and doctoral programs. The School of Education is well-established in preparing social justice-focused and promotes the Jesuit ideals of quality, intellectual rigor, and service to others.

Learn from faculty who will help you develop marketable skills. From program evaluation to meta-analysis, our faculty have specialized knowledge that keeps them—and their students—at the forefront of the field.

Go on to pursue doctoral study or apply your skills in institutional research, medical centers, research firms, social service organizations, school districts, and countless other settings after completing your MA in Research Methodologies.

You can choose from a wide range of qualitative and quantitative courses—and you'll have access to the same advanced-level classes that our PhD students take.

Gain experience creating original scholarship and contributing to the field. You can choose to complete a thesis that focuses on the applicatino of methods to a substantive area (e.g. higher education, social work, curriculum instruction) or can focus on investigating the methods.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Research Methodology MA program.

Research Methodology: Career Connections

Following the MA in Research Methodology program, you’ll be able to work in many fields, such as education, public health, medical fields, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology. Many of our students move into Loyola’s PhD program in research methodology to pursue academic research positions after completing the MA.

Specific job options include:

  • Data analyst
  • Research associate
  • Research analyst
  • College instructor
  • Statistician
  • Quantitative design researcher
  • Research scientist

Because Loyola is a member of the Jesuit network of 27 colleges and universities nationwide, our graduates can access career advising services, resume and interviewing assistance, career fairs and events, and employment listings in our Career Services center , as well as at career centers at other U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook is a good place to start exploring the job outlook and pay potential for specific careers and fields that interest you.

Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Research Methodology MA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options. Additionally, this resource will provide Research Methodology MA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Ma in research methodology results and skills.

The master's degree in research methodology at Loyola equips you with research skills that make you an asset to numerous institutions and organizations. Some of the skills you'll develop include:

  • Ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research
  • Research evaluation and analysis
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Communication
  • Software programs

Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education. If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Research Methodology MA totals $ 30750 .00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for detailed information about eligible scholarships. More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website .

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Application deadlines.

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Research Methodology MA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall Priority: February 15 General: May 1 Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes, and decisions are typically made no later than two months after the deadline.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Research Methodology MA include:

Official Transcripts

2 Letters of Recommendation

3.0 Minimum GPA

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be no more than 2 pages (double spaced) and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and views of social justice in relation to these interests and goals.

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Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to [email protected] .

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An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived. Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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Online Master's Degree in Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation

UConn Graduate Certificate in Research, Measurement and Program Evaluation - Data Collection and Analysis

Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation

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100% Online, 30-Credit Master’s Degree in Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation (RMME)

Focus on Program Evaluation, Psychometrics, & Research Methods

Earning a degree in Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation will prepare you to formulate concrete research and evaluation questions, select appropriate research designs and evaluation methods to investigate these questions, construct research and evaluation tools to collect high-quality data, use statistics to analyze gathered data, and interpret quantitative data analyses to inform decision making and policy.

The University of Connecticut's Master's of Arts in Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation (RMME MA) is a 100%-online, 30 credit-hour program consisting of 6 core courses paired with 4 electives. Offered through the Neag School of Education’s Educational Psychology Department, the RMME MA places extensive focus on research methods, techniques, and practices; quantitative data analysis; educational measurement; and program or policy evaluation. The RMME MA program is designed to create versatile practitioners, capable of engaging in multiple fields across disciplines.

Both intellectually stimulating and rigorous, this 100% online, research-based degree promotes the use of Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation skills through a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on applications to facilitate research and program evaluation practice. You will learn measurement, data analysis, and evaluation techniques used daily in schools, industry and corporate environments, military entities, federal or state/local governments, and other formal or informal educational settings.

The RMME program's outstanding faculty are committed to providing:

  • Well-organized, interactive online course curricula with clear learning objectives and expectations
  • Exposure to a diverse array of theories and practices within the fields of research and evaluation
  • Student-faculty interaction that encourages your professional development
  • Support in building a network of classmates & peers with whom you will continue to connect into the future

The Research Methods, Measurement & Evaluation online master’s degree program is designed for educators and various practitioners ranging from corporate training & learning designers through sales force management seeking program evaluation expertise. Further, it is an ideal option for recent college graduates currently in or entering the workforce, who want want to increase their professional marketability and/or move into the research side of education.

RMME's asynchronous, online coursework focuses on current and emerging topics in areas related to:

  • Classical and modern measurement theory and applications
  • Instrument development
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Program evaluation
  • Applied statistics
  • Educational assessment
  • Return on Investment (ROI) Assessment, and more!

Credits earned in UConn's online RMME master's degree program are transferable to UConn's Program Evaluation Online Graduate Certificate program!

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Why RMME Online at UConn?

As a highly-ranked R1 Research University (the highest designation of research activity for an institution of higher education), you can rest assured that all of UConn's academic programs feature the most relevant and current research-informed content.

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Prepare for your rapidly expanding career options.

RMME students also gain in-demand STEM skills necessary for careers in today's most-rapidly expanding career fields.

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Quality is the cornerstone of UConn’s online MSW degree. With a curriculum mirroring our on-campus program and guided by experienced UConn faculty, we maintain the same high standards in the online format. Coming to you from a top-ranked, accredited, R1 Research public institution, you can be assured that our online social work curriculum, delivery, and experience is central to our mission. Your success, and that of your clients and employers, is our success.

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Professionals with a background in biotechnology can choose to pursue many lucrative careers . One of the most common choices is to become a research scientist. These individuals work in drug and process development, consistently conducting research and performing experiments to help move the biotechnology industry forward. 

“At the highest level, a research scientist is somebody who can design and execute experiments to prove or disprove a hypothesis,” says Jared Auclair , director of the biotechnology and bioinformatics programs at Northeastern. “Within the world of biotechnology, that can mean a number of different things, from creating new drugs to improving the process of how we make a drug.”

Professionals in this industry are often drawn to the wide array of applications of this work, as well as the consistently positive career outlook. The average salary of a biotechnology research scientist is $85,907 per year, with plenty of opportunities for increased salary potential depending on specializations, location, and years of experience. 

These factors—alongside the growing demand for advancement in biotechnology over the last few decades—have led many aspiring biotechnologists to consider a career in research science. Below we offer five steps professionals can take to kick-start a career in this field.

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5 Steps to Become a Research Scientist

1. acquire the necessary technical skills..

According to Auclair, there are four main applications of research science within the biotechnology field:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Process Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Analytical Biotechnology

Professionals hoping to pursue a career in research science must begin by deciding which of these four areas is the best fit for their interests and backgrounds. They must then acquire the specific skill sets they need to excel in that area. 

Below, Auclair breaks down some of the key skills and knowledge required within each of these specializations:

  • Molecular biologists should focus on developing a complex understanding of DNA and learn how to do a Polymerase Chain Reaction alongside other DNA-related experiments. 
  • Process scientists must understand cell biology and how to work with living mammalian cells, as well as how to perform analytical experiments using mass spectrometry and other analytical tools.
  • Biochemists should focus on obtaining the skills necessary to make a protein drug, including the expression and purification of proteins.
  • Analytical biotechnicians must become comfortable with techniques like mass spectrometry—a process that uncovers what drug products are at a molecular level.

One efficient way aspiring research scientists can obtain these specific skill sets is to pursue a master’s degree in biotechnology at a top university like Northeastern. 

“The biotech program is designed in collaboration with industry so that we’re meeting their needs,” Auclair says. “This includes training students with the skills they need to be a successful research scientist.”

The curriculum of Northeastern’s program explores the core competencies required to excel in the general biotechnology field and provides students with the unique subsets of skills they need to specialize in a specific area of research science. Students can even declare one of 10 industry-aligned concentrations, including options that directly relate with these common research science roles.

“Especially in industry, most people who are doing research science—who are actually doing the experiments and helping think about experiments with some of the senior leaders in the company—are people with a master’s degree,” Auclair says.

2. Become a critical thinker.

Alongside honing technical skills, Auclair says that critical thinking abilities are key for aspiring research scientists. 

“It’s important to become a critical thinker and a problem solver, and to challenge yourself wherever you can to step outside of your comfort zone,” Auclair says. 

Though critical thinking is a common requirement among most professional career paths, it is especially important for research scientists, who are constantly tasked with innovating and thinking creatively to solve problems.

Northeastern’s master’s in biotechnology program is designed to help students grow in this regard. “Everything we do within the program is geared [toward] making you a critical thinker and a problem solver,” Auclair says. “We try to define classes and assessments to make you think, [and] we also hire most of the faculty in our program directly from the industry, so they bring with them real-world experience that they can talk about with the students.”

These real-world case studies are a core component of Northeastern’s approach to learning, and they help prepare students to think critically about their work. By bringing this exposure into the classroom, students also graduate better prepared to tackle current industry challenges and adapt to evolving trends .

3. Hone your “power skills.”

It’s no longer enough for research scientists in biotechnology to have obtained the technical skills needed to complete their work. Today, many employers require an array of industry-specific “power skills”—previously known as “soft skills”—among candidates for research science roles.

Below we explore the top three “power skills” for biotechnology research scientists:

  • Communication: As a research scientist, “you must be able to communicate scientific information to both technical and non-technical people,” Auclair says. For this reason, professionals should work to hone their verbal and written communication styles, focusing specifically on the variances in each depending on which audience they’re interacting with.
  • Presentation Ability: Research scientists must be able to present their findings clearly and concisely to a variety of different audiences, ranging from fellow scientists to investors to C-suite executives. Research scientists must be comfortable in front of a group and know how to speak about their experiments and conclusions in an engaging and informative way.
  • Teamwork: Although one might think a research scientist’s work is very siloed, today’s professionals must be very comfortable working with others in a lab environment. They must become comfortable sharing ideas, providing feedback to others in their cohort, and tweaking their experiments based on contributed findings.

Northeastern offers students the chance to explore each of these core “power skills” during their time within the master’s in biotechnology program. For example, the university offers countless opportunities for students to collaborate with and present to classmates, instructors, and even industry-leading organizations through Northeastern’s experiential learning opportunities, giving them the chance to apply these skills in both classroom and real-world situations early on.

Learn More: How to Become a Biotechnologist: Build Your Soft Skills

4. Obtain hands-on experience.

One of the most effective ways an aspiring research scientist can prepare for a career in this field is to obtain experiences working in a real lab. While finding these kinds of opportunities can be difficult for those just breaking into the field, programs like Northeastern’s MS in biotechnology bake hands-on learning directly into the curriculum. 

“Students do essentially four to six months [working in the] industry, and put what they learn in the classroom…into practice,” Auclair says.

These opportunities, known as co-ops , provide students with the chance to work within top organizations in the industry and explore the real-world challenges of the field from inside a functioning lab.

Did You Know: Northeastern’s program provides students with exposure to the tools and equipment used within labs in the industry. This access to cutting-edge technology reduces the learning curve and allows students to dive into their work as soon as they graduate.

Another unique way Northeastern provides hands-on experience is through Experiential Network (XN) Projects . Students who participate in these projects are typically paired with a sponsor from an active biotech company that has a real-world problem they need to solve. Then, “under the guidance of a faculty member, students spend the semester trying to come up with solutions to that problem,” Auclair says. “It’s all student-driven.”

Hands-on learning opportunities like these give students a competitive advantage when it comes to applying for jobs. “The experiential learning piece [of our program] is what has our students actually stand out above others in the field,” Auclair says, because employers like to see that their candidates are capable of applying their skills in a real-world environment. 

5. Grow your network.

Research shows that 85 percent of all jobs today are filled through networking, making it more important than ever for professionals across industries to invest time and energy into building these vital relationships.

Professionals hoping to establish a career as a research scientist are no exception. These individuals should aim to develop connections with organizations and individuals within the greater biotech industry early on in their careers, and use those relationships to help carve their path forward.

Northeastern’s master’s in biotechnology program has strategically created many great opportunities for students to network throughout their time in the program. They are encouraged to build relationships with their classmates, guest speakers, faculty, and even the industry leaders they meet through co-ops and XN projects. As a result, they establish various impactful connections with individuals at different stages in their careers, all before they graduate.

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Another way Northeastern’s program supports networking is through opportunities for student/faculty collaboration. “We encourage our students to interact with our own faculty who are research scientists as much as possible, whether that’s volunteering in their lab or finding a half an hour to talk to them about what they’re doing,” Auclair says. “We want our students to be exposed to as many research scientists as possible while they’re in the program.”

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Pursuing a master’s degree in biotechnology from a top university like Northeastern is a great way for aspiring research scientists to break into the field. Students in these programs can hone related skill sets, grow their professional networks, and experience hands-on learning, all while pursuing graduate-level education. 

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A postgraduate research degree is a challenge that someone with a passion for their subject will relish.

You'll develop advanced knowledge and make an original contribution to your field of study.  The core of a postgraduate research degree is the successful completion of a research project that makes an original contribution to knowledge in a particular area of study.

Although guided and advised by an expert, a postgraduate researcher takes full responsibility for their work. They will be expected to successfully plan and manage their research project and to deliver on time (and to budget) a thesis of appropriate standard.  An important aspect of a postgraduate research degree is the opportunity for training, not only in specialist research techniques but also in skills relevant to employability and personal development.

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The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

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The Master of Research (MRes) degree is a one year full-time or two years part-time master’s degree. The MRes places more emphasis on research skills than a traditional taught master’s degree such as an MA or MSc. For students who wish to proceed to doctoral research, it can be an excellent preparation. It can also be a standalone degree for those who wish to learn research skills, or try themselves out in research.

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The Doctor in Philosophy is the classic doctoral research degree. The word 'philosophy' is used in its original sense – in Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia) translates as "love of wisdom". A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study.

There are two main ways of progressing on to PhD study. If you can self-fund or bring your own funding (such as government funding, if you are an overseas applicant) you will generally expect to negotiate the project of your choice with a potential supervisor. Studentship opportunities funded by the University or an external funder such as a Research Council (or both) operate in a more formal way, resembling a job application.

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The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

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These programmes take several different forms, but have in common the integration of professional and academic knowledge in a qualification which, whilst equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, is designed for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers.

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You may be wondering, “What is interdisciplinary research, how is it different from interdisciplinary studies , and why should I get a degree in it?” Most jobs require a specific selection of education, training, and experience. If an existing degree doesn’t fit, multidisciplinary studies programs attempt to meet this need by stitching together several traditional degrees into one.

An interdisciplinary research degree is, as the name suggests, a more research-focused degree, while an interdisciplinary studies degree is more practitioner-focused. We have designed the interdisciplinary research degree to focus on 2 areas of study, and your program core will consist of 17 credit hours versus the 3 credit hours in the interdisciplinary studies degree. Additionally, your studies will end in a capstone project that allows you to synthesize the 2 areas of study you have chosen. You also can showcase your work in our Center for Research and Scholarship’s Research Week. Furthermore, your interdisciplinary internship can give you a chance to turn the knowledge you have gained into wisdom, which can further solidify your mastery of the subjects studied.  

This research interdisciplinary degree can help prepare you for success by combining 2 areas that may require different sets of skills and knowledge. As you meld these areas of study together to create a unique skill set, you can set yourself apart from other candidates who have more traditional degrees.

Whatever your career goals, this degree can help give you the ability to apply new skills and knowledge to many unique and cutting-edge fields. Liberty’s program integrates the specific areas of study you need into a flexible program that can help you maximize your opportunities. You can decide what your career goals are and then break down the individual areas of study you need to be successful in that field. With our interdisciplinary research degree, you can build toward your future with an outside-the-box degree plan.

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Usually, a research-focused degree is something you find at the graduate level. Liberty University has created a program that allows you to gain research experience at the undergraduate level, challenge you to develop critical thinking skills, and equip you with the confidence needed to present your own unique findings. You can bring together 2 disciplines that may not always have been viewed as vocational partners, and in doing so, increase your marketability in the workforce.

Furthermore, Liberty is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges ( SACSCOC ). This means you can be confident that the training and education we provide meet the highest level of academic standards. Whether you choose to enter the workforce right away or continue on to graduate studies, having an accredited degree can help you pursue your chosen path.

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When you begin our online interdisciplinary research degree, you can choose 2 areas of study that include 15 credits each to customize your degree. This can be done solely through Liberty or by utilizing  transfer credit  from outside colleges, military training, work experience , or on-the-job training. You can choose from areas of study such as business, government, religion, communication, digital arts, and more.

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Our goal is to help you apply your unique background and education to the career path that suits you best. Your training can equip you to see the world as a set of questions and potential answers yet to be uncovered. Liberty’s goal is to train the next generation of critical thinkers to explore the frontiers of knowledge. If you’d like to challenge yourself while developing answers to questions not yet asked, then Liberty can help.

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  • We are  recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility . Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America . Earning your online interdisciplinary research degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
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Why Become a Research Psychologist

What do research psychologists do, where do research psychologists work, research psychology careers.

What do you do if you love psychology but have no interest in working in mental health? Fortunately, psychology is a very diverse field, and there are plenty of opportunities. One that you might consider is becoming a research psychologist.

Consider the following question from a reader:

" I love psychology, which is why I'm currently working on my bachelor's degree in psychology. I don't want to work in mental health, so my ultimate plan is to become a researcher. While I know that this means I will probably need to go to graduate school, I'm not quite sure exactly where to begin. What type of psychology degree do I need if I want to work in research?"

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What do you do if you love psychology but don't want to become a therapist or work in mental health? You might consider becoming a research psychologist. These professionals conduct research and may work in various settings, including universities, research labs, the military, government agencies, and private businesses.

This scenario is not at all uncommon in psychology. Many students love the subject, yet are not at all interested in working in mental health settings. Experimental fields are great options for people who are fascinated by psychology and enjoy performing research.

As a psychology student , you've probably already gotten a taste of just how diverse the field can be. This can be a great thing because it allows for so many different career paths and options, but it can also be confusing for students as they struggle to select an educational path.

Just like many other areas of psychology , becoming a research psychologist is not a "one size fits all" career. There are actually many different degrees that you could potentially pursue.

Start by taking into account what type of research you want to perform and what specific topics interest you the most.

In order to decide if this field is right for you, it is important to first understand exactly what these professionals do:

  • Also known as experimental psychologists , research psychologists study a broad range of human and animal behavior.
  • They design and conduct experiments exploring how people act, think, behave, interact, learn, feel, and perform under different conditions.
  • They also design studies and evaluate research for flaws and bias.
  • This can encompass an enormous range of topics, including memory , attention, cognition, decision-making, perception, and just about any psychological topic you can think of!

If you enjoy research and still want to work in mental health, there are also mental health professionals who perform research and conduct studies in clinical settings.

Educational backgrounds and requirements for experimental psychologists can vary depending upon where you want to work.

In most cases, you will start by earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. Some students may then choose to earn a master's, but many will go on to receive a doctorate degree.

Bachelor's Degree

Many students interested in becoming research psychologists begin with a bachelor's in psychology . However, some come from a background in a related area such as social work or even from an entirely unrelated degree area altogether.

Remember, it is possible to switch to psychology for graduate school , even if your undergraduate degree is in an unrelated subject.

Master's Degree

In some cases, students might then choose to pursue a master's degree in experimental psychology. However, it is important to note that job opportunities are generally more limited with a master's degree, which is why many opt to instead go on to earn a doctorate degree in psychology .

Doctorate Degree

While you might think you are limited to earning a PhD in experimental psychology, there are actually many different options that you might opt to pursue.

For example, if you are interested in studying the human brain, you might earn a degree focused on neuropsychology. Have an active interest in social behavior? Then, you might want to consider a doctorate in social psychology .

How to Get Started

While you might not be exactly sure about what specialty you want to pursue, you can now do plenty of things to prepare for your future as a research psychologist . Start by taking as many undergraduate courses in research methods , statistics , and experimental design as possible.

Sign up for research opportunities through your school's psychology department and consider signing up as a research assistant. It's a great way to gain valuable experience while earning college credits.

As you can see, research is something that plays a significant role in virtually every field of psychology . Your goal now is to determine which particular specialty area interests you the most and exactly where you might want to work someday.

Research psychologists are employed in a wide range of sectors, including private research firms, universities, corporations, the military, and government agencies.

So what kind of jobs will you be able to get as a research psychologist? While there are many different options, a few that you might consider include:

College Professor

Many research psychologists work at colleges and universities, teaching undergraduate and graduate students and conducting research.

Research Analyst

A research analyst evaluates data that has been collected. This career involves performing statistical analyses and managing data to ensure it is collected, recorded, and analyzed properly.

Research Scientist

A research scientist conducted grant-funded research. They are often the lead investigators of a study and are responsible for hiring assistants, managing projects, designing experiments, writing journal articles, and sharing the results of their experiments.

If you enjoy research and aren't interested in working in the field of mental health, a career as a research psychologist might be a great choice for you. To enter this field, you should focus on earning an undergraduate degree in psychology before going to graduate school to get your doctorate. Taking coursework in statistics and research methodology can help, but you should also take advantage of any opportunity to participate in research.

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We can’t combat climate change without changing minds. This psychology class explores how.

PSYC-4660: Humans & Nature is part of a broader academic push at Northeastern to explore the intersection of environmental science and cognitive processing — and how it can lead to tangible changes.

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When Northeastern professors John Coley and Brian Helmuth tell their students to “introduce themselves,” they really mean it.

It’s a clammy Monday afternoon in mid-January, and the 15 members of PSYC-4660 Humans & Nature: The Psychology of Social-Ecological Systems on Northeastern University’s Boston campus are taking turns in front of a projector. They’re going through detailed PowerPoint slides outlining their majors, family backgrounds, college resumes thus far, hobbies, dogs and cats. Some grew up going to grandparents’ farms and camping every weekend in rural New England; one works part time for a company that sells carbon credits. Eshna Kulshreshtha, born and raised in California, talks about the small arguments she and her Indian immigrant parents have about recycling.   

“I’ve never had a class where we spent an hour just doing introductions,” says Kulshreshtha, a second-year marine science major, in an interview a few days later.   

In another context it might be oversharing; here it has a point. The central argument of the class is that our personal backgrounds, behaviors and resulting worldviews may hold the key to saving the planet.

Headshots of Brian Helmuth (left) and John Coley (right).

A new offering for the spring 2024 semester, PSYC-4660 is a seminar in cognition, a subset of psychology that covers how people encode, represent and process information from the environment in the brain, according to Coley, a psychology professor with a dual appointment in environmental science. Humans & Nature zeros in on how those things inform our interactions with the natural world,  and the in-depth intros underscore just how different those can be from person to person based on their backgrounds. 

Cataloged as an upper-level psychology class but available to any interested undergrad, the seminar is also part of a larger push at Northeastern to explore the relationship between brain and environmental sciences, including collaborative research papers and a new Ph.D. program currently accepting applicants for the coming fall.

“I have become more and more convinced that this is a critical component to getting people and, honestly, agencies and governments to act in a more sustainable way,” Coley says.

The human behavior side

A marine science professor based at Northeastern’s Nahant campus, Helmuth researches how climate change impacts coastal ecosystems. He has spent a large chunk of his career underwater, and more of it than he would like watching many of those ecosystems disappear. In his view, many solutions to issues affecting the planet are clear-cut; how to effectively implement them at scale is another story.

“In most environmental problems the issue is not the science,” he says a few days after the class meeting. “We’ve got a lot of solutions. It’s the human behavior side that’s hard to change. In policy, there’s a lot of experimentation, but it’s kind of trial and error.”

Coley is a developmental psychologist by training; early in his career, he researched how very young children categorize the natural world. “The first big study I did at Northeastern looked at kids from across Massachusetts — from inner-city Boston and Somerville to some very rural places in Western Massachusetts — and how [their] experiences led to differences in how kids think about relations among plants and animals,” he says. Further research examined how those backgrounds affected college kids’ learning in biology and other life science classes.

In most environmental problems the issue is not the science. We’ve got a lot of solutions. It’s the human behavior side that’s hard to change. Brian Helmuth, professor of marine and environmental sciences

The two initially met through Nicole Betz, a graduate student in Coley’s lab. Last year, the three co-authored a paper on how human exceptionalism — the idea that humans are different and set apart from other organisms — can hinder sustainable behavior.

Humans & Nature is a further exploration of that type of academic research  in a classroom setting with readings, lectures and a heavy emphasis on class discussions, all dealing with questions about how we think comes to bear on biodiversity preservation, food systems and climate change, according to the syllabus .  

For the first few weeks, for example, the course content focuses on biodiversity conservation, or preserving the richness of species on Earth. An academic paper by sustainability scientist Thomas McShane explores the trade-offs between preserving biodiversity and human well-being; another, from 2019, explores possible links between a richer array of species and increased mental health in humans. Research from 2016 by a trio of ecologists in the academic journal “Global Environmental Change” focuses on urban biodiversity , outlining possible ways to marry development and conservation of natural environments in an economically equitable way. 

The class is not proscriptive: “I don’t think there are specific misconceptions that we’re trying to puncture,” Helmuth says. “A lot of this is helping the students identify complexities” in their different worldviews as they relate to those topics. “I’d be very surprised, even with a class this size, if they were all at the same starting point.”

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After introductions, the class breaks into small groups to discuss the assigned reading: a thin textbook called “Human Dependence on Nature: How to Help Solve the Environmental Crisis” by Haydn Washington. They talk together at length about collectivism and the sense of community in small, rural villages around the world and how it contrasts to the individualist, comparatively isolated routines of Western European and American societies.

“We can follow a behavior but not value it in the United States,” a student muses. “I think it’s harder. In other societies where [people are more immediately affected by] the general health of their community, it might be easier to implement a belief in sustainability and helping the world around you.”

The conversation isn’t just geopolitical. It’s a group in their early 20s, and millennials catch strays for being off-trend and having a collectively dire outlook on global warming. “I recently saw a video that was like ‘Stanley cups are over because the moms have gotten to it … now it’s not cool,’” one student says. “We’re getting sick of things a lot faster, and overconsumption speeds up.”

“There’s a shift in our younger generation that’s more inclined towards an understanding and appreciation for nature, which was lost on the millennial population because there was so much talk about climate change and overconsumption that everyone got overwhelmed,” says another.

Kulshreshtha has experienced these types of vast differences in attitude even within her family. She grew up frequently visiting relatives in New Delhi and Noida in India . There, she explains, sustainability and eco-friendliness aren’t talked about nearly as much as they are in the United States, but not because people don’t care about it. Rather, sustainable habits and practices are more baked into daily life.

“Especially now, in the United States, people constantly pushing you to think about, like, ‘Hey, make sure you’re recycling the right thing,’” she says. “That’s always on the forefront of your mind — is this thing I’m doing environmentally friendly?”

“With my extended family, it’s not something that they talk about, but they’re not being as harmful to the environment in their daily lives,” she continues. “My family in India still gets milk delivered every morning from the milkman, they put the bottles outside again every day. If you get groceries, you’re not getting individual plastic bags for your broccoli and carrots. The street food vendors use bowls made out of leaves and wooden utensils. All these things are already integrated into Indian culture, so it’s not like you have to be actively thinking about how much plastic you’re using every day.”

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Helmuth and Coley both think those types of insights can have direct impacts, particularly at a place like Northeastern. Environmental psychology with a focus on the natural world isn’t a totally new concept, but tying it directly to human behavior and policy in an academically rigorous way is a next step. The course dovetails with research the two men have collaborated on, with implications for real-world scenarios like science education curricula and aiding the federal government on more effective environmental messaging and policy (Helmuth was a co-author of the White House’s most recent National Climate Assessment , released in November). 

In the fall, Northeastern will begin admission to a new Ph.D. program in Human Behavior and Sustainability Sciences that integrates traditional core requirements of psychology and environmental science graduate programs. The hope is that this sort of interdisciplinary training could lead to more collaborations like theirs. “Someone in psychology who [specializes in] decision-making and someone who studies salt marsh restoration could work together,” Coley says. “ We want to provide Ph.D. students with structured opportunities to make those connections across fields.”

And they’re optimistic about the future possibilities those collaborations could lead to. “One advantage of teaching someplace like this is that these students are going to take over the world,” Helmuth says. “We already have a lot of students through co-ops working in the city of Boston, in state offices, at NASA. Anything we do in a classroom here is going to multiply itself.”  

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Purdue announces four new online interdisciplinary engineering master’s degree concentrations

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s online interdisciplinary engineering master’s program now offers four new concentrations covering autonomous vehicles and other autonomous systems, the Internet of Things, robots, and engineering and technology for national defense.

The new concentrations in the 100% online program include:

  • Autonomy, focusing on the challenges facing current and future engineers in designing, analyzing and controlling autonomous systems in many engineering applications, from self-driving cars and unmanned air and water vehicles to package delivery, search-and-rescue operations, and the exploration of Mars and other planets.
  • IoT (Internet of Things), focusing on analysis and design of interrelated systems of computers, digital and mechanical devices, sensors, and other components connected via the internet or another communications network — systems which are increasingly deployed for applications such as smart appliances, infrastructure, cities, buildings and homes; health care monitoring; social networking; and more.
  • Robotics, focusing on fundamental theories and tools for modeling, analyzing and developing techniques in robotics for an array of applications, including robots in manufacturing and emerging topics such as how to make robots more intelligent partners for humans and multi-robot coordination.
  • Strategy and defense engineering, focusing on social science and engineering knowledge and competencies needed to analyze, understand, design and execute defense and civilian strategies that involve technologies supporting the strategic interests of the United States.

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“Robotics, autonomous systems and the Internet of Things are already revolutionizing society, and that trend will only continue,” said Shreyas Sundaram, professor in Purdue’s Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and co-director of the Institute for Control, Optimization and Networks (ICON) . “Purdue’s concentrations offer a significant breadth and depth of courses in these areas. Students will gain skills so that they are well positioned to contribute to these advances.” 

An interdisciplinary engineering concentration developed with Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts , strategy and defense engineering combines expertise in social, military and data sciences with expertise in engineering and technology, said Sorin Adam Matei, professor of communication and the college’s associate dean of research and graduate education.

“The differentiator is that while the program examines and explores technologies and engineering solutions, it does it from a policy and social sciences perspective, both calibrated to support and expand practical work in national defense and strategic military planning,” Matei said. 

Purdue’s 100% online interdisciplinary engineering master’s degree is a flexible program designed to enable learners to customize their educational experience to their interests and needs by taking an interdisciplinary approach to the curriculum. Students can choose from an extensive collection of graduate engineering courses and electives.

Courses in the new autonomy, IoT and robotics concentrations can span such core topics as artificial intelligence, chip design, computer programming, control theory, data science and analytics, embedded systems, machine learning, networks, optimization, sensors, and wireless communications. The strategy and defense engineering concentration features courses in data storytelling; grand challenges in defense engineering; space strategy; strategic foresight; and technology, war and strategy, among others. 

The anytime, anywhere online format makes Purdue’s interdisciplinary engineering program accessible for working professionals looking to expand their knowledge and boost their skills and careers in fields that are important today and likely to be even more so tomorrow.

The online courses are developed and taught by internationally known faculty who teach on Purdue’s flagship campus, rated as a Top 10 Public University in the U.S. by QS World University Rankings. Purdue’s online engineering master’s programs are ranked No. 3 nationally by U.S. News & World Report .

“Purdue’s excellence in interdisciplinary engineering allows us to offer courses customized for these concentrations by our outstanding faculty with research strengths in robotics, autonomy and the Internet of Things,” said Shaoshuai Mou, the Elmer F. Bruhn Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and ICON co-director.

Faculty in the strategy and defense engineering concentration are experts who have worked or are working in fields as diverse as diplomacy, learning innovation, nuclear military applications and space policy, Matei said. 

For more information on Purdue’s fully online interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering and to apply, visit the program website .

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VCU’s new Startup Accelerator will propel university research that has market potential

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After years of supporting startups that license inventions created by university researchers, Virginia Commonwealth University’s  Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation  has launched its first formal Startup Accelerator program.

“Our accelerator will fast-track our VCU-borne companies, giving them more personalized coaching and advisory services from our lineup of entrepreneur experts-in-residence,” said  P. Srirama Rao , Ph.D., vice president for research and innovation. “Innovation is taking place at a rapid pace at VCU, and this program will further raise our national visibility and continue to position Central Virginia as a key American technological hub.”

VCU is the 47th-ranked public research university in the U.S., as reported by the National Science Foundation. VCU’s $406.9 million in research expenditures for 2022 represents a 12% increase over the year prior, when the university reached the $400 million expenditure mark for the first time. The university’s sponsored research funding for fiscal year 2023 was $464 million, representing a 71% increase over the past five years.

For VCU faculty researchers, the accelerator is designed to put startups on formal timelines and hit targeted goals. The program includes meetings with advisors and entrepreneurs-in-residence, development of a customized business strategy and help with applications for funding. It culminates with a springtime pitch event that will award cash prizes and additional support to winners.

The accelerator is led by the VCU  TechTransfer and Ventures  team, which is responsible for protecting university-generated intellectual property and facilitating its commercialization. Last year, TechTransfer and Ventures issued 26 patents, filed 165 new patents, executed 29 licenses and brought in $3 million in licensing revenue. It also granted 12 licenses to startups.

TechTransfer has been responsible for supporting formation and development of startups based on VCU-owned IP since August 2021. Since that time, the office has established a program providing startups with coaching, entrepreneur-in-residence support and expert advisory support from the office’s licensing managers.

“Now is a perfect time to launch our accelerator program to help researchers to get their ideas out of the lab and into the hands of users, address their highest-priority business needs, reduce the risk of failure and increase the probability of success,” said Ivelina Metcheva, Ph.D., assistant vice president for innovation at TechTransfer and Ventures. The program also benefits researchers by connecting them to outside resources such as investors and consultants, she said.

TechTransfer expects to offer a spring and fall accelerator program, with hopes that it will encourage other faculty who may have startup dreams to take the next step — even if they’re unsure about the process.

“Faculty researchers may be experts in their field of study, and they want to take their ideas forward but are unfamiliar with how to do so,” Rao said. “The VCU Startup Accelerator gives proper mentoring to our research community and surrounds them with entrepreneurs who have walked this path before, to help overcome those challenges and put them on a path to success.”

One of the accelerator collaborators is  Activation Capital , an independent authority of the state of Virginia that is promoting scientific research, commercialization and ecosystem development in the Richmond region. Chandra Briggman, Activation Capital’s president and CEO, said the organization will provide program support and back the researcher-entrepreneurs with resources they need.

“Our plan is to create a continuum of support for VCU researchers so that we can have a platform for moving things from idea to market,” she said.

Briggman noted that VCU is designated as an  “R1” institution , in recognition of its high research activity, by the  Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education . “VCU is a research powerhouse, and growing. The top of the funnel for research and innovation is what’s happening at research universities. By supporting VCU research, we support the entire region,” Briggman said.

The pilot VCU Startup Accelerator cohort includes the following five groups — some established companies, and others with projects on track to create a formal business.

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What it is:  A virtual reality platform incorporating haptic feedback for training surgeons to perform complex “blind” procedures. The platform provides surgeons with safe, effective and cost-efficient repetitive training without using cadavers or practicing on patients, and it provides documentation on their procedural proficiency. The team’s lead product,  SlingVR , trains surgeons to perform a complex urogynecologic procedure.

Researchers:  Lauren Siff, M.D., chief of gynecologic surgery and urogynecology at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Surgery at the VCU School of Medicine. The team also includes: L. Franklin Bost, professor emeritus in biomedical engineering innovation and development at the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine; James Thomas, Ph.D., director of the Launching Excellence in Virtual Reality Center and professor in the Department of Physical Therapy; Moshe Feldman, Ph.D., director of evaluation for undergraduate medical education and human factors and associate professor at the School of Medicine; and Jerome Dixon, data analyst and VCU Ph.D. candidate.

Novel Machine Learning Protocol for Diagnostic Health Care Applications

What it is:  Uses a machine-learning process to build better predictive models for types of continuous datasets. The IP has particular use in health care as software for spectroscopic and epigenetics data analysis.

Researchers:  Ph.D. candidate Matthew Glace, associate professor Thomas Roper, Ph.D., and Roudabeh Moazeni-Ph.D., all with the VCU College of Engineering; Edwin van den Oord, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy and director of the VCU Center for Biomarker Research and Precision Medicine.

MagnaShield

What it is:  Intentional electromagnetic interference, or IEMI, is a method used by cybercriminals to send powerful electromagnetic pulses that disrupt or destroy devices essential to the modern world and critical infrastructure such as hospitals, power grids or transportation networks. A VCU team is developing lightweight materials that can absorb signals over a wide range of frequencies (like the ones used for 5G devices) without being too bulky or expensive. Less than a millimeter thick, the corrosion-resistant polymer composite material for broadband electromagnetic wave absorption not only protects devices and networks, but it also has superior thermal properties to keep devices from overheating.

Researchers:  Radhika Barua, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Rodney Davis, VCU translational research fellow, both in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the VCU College of Engineering.

NCMNtech LLC

What it is:  A drug discovery platform focused on membrane proteins as drug targets. The technology provides a method for fast membrane protein characterization in a native lipid environment, outperforming existing solutions by providing accurate 3D structural information of membrane proteins. (NCMN stands for native cell membrane nanoparticle).

Researchers:  Youzhong Guo, Ph.D., associate professor, and Weihua Qiu, Ph.D., research assistant professor, both in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the VCU School of Pharmacy.

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What it is:  At-home glucose meters have been available for decades, but what about at-home calcium meters? A VCU Chemistry team is developing a technology to test blood electrolytes in resource-limited settings such as at patients’ homes.

Researchers:  Xuewei Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.

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Dr. Orencio Duran Vinent, assistant professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently selected as a 2024 Sloan Research Fellow . This fellowship recognizes 126 of the top researchers from the United States and Canada. Fellows receive $75,000 to support research initiatives within a two-year term.

“I’m grateful for this honor and committed to use this opportunity to advance the global research on coastal resilience and sustainability under climate change,” said Duran Vinent.

Duran Vinent’s research focuses on enhancing infrastructure in coastal areas that are densely populated and economically booming. According to Duran Vinent, the fast pace of environmental change and the dynamic nature of coastal areas demands more resilient, cost-effective and sustainable coastal infrastructure that can coexist in equilibrium with natural ecosystems.

“The interconnected and non-linear nature of coastal and estuarine ecosystems, local shifts in the state of one natural system, as well as man-made disruptions amplified by climate change, can have global and potentially irreversible consequences,” said Duran Vinent.

I’m grateful for this honor and committed to use this opportunity to advance the global research on coastal resilience and sustainability under climate change.

Duran Vinent is interested in understanding how coastal ecosystems, such as wetlands, barriers islands and coastal dunes, form and adapt to environmental changes, such as risings sea levels, storms and human stressors, and how the connectivity of these ecosystems impacts the dynamics of human-bio-geomorphic systems.

According to Duran Vinent, these systems have ecological value — vegetated dunes, salt marshes, mangroves and oyster reefs can decrease coastal erosion and degradation, protecting from storm surges and flooding. These benefits could be harnessed to help coastal areas recover from disaster more effectively.

These studies align with the department's objective to contribute to a better understanding of ocean engineering through applied and fundamental research. Further, Duran Vinent’s work is integral to the larger departmental effort to establish a world-renowned program in coastal resilience science.

“Coastal ecosystems are naturally dynamic and build their own habitats, which means they can potentially recover from storm impacts and adapt to shoreline erosion and sea level rises,” he said. “However, harnessing these benefits will require solving the complex dynamics involved.”

Duran Vinent will use the fellowship to further these initiatives.

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Billionaire Ken Griffin just gave $50 million to the University of Miami — his largest gift yet in the Sunshine State

  • Ken Griffin just gave $50 million to the University of Miami for cancer research.
  • It's the billionaire founder of Citadel's biggest philanthropic gift to Florida yet.
  • It comes one month after he paused giving to Harvard, his alma mater. 

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The billionaire founder and CEO of Citadel announced Tuesday his biggest gift yet to his new home of Florida.

Ken Griffin gave $50 million to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami's medical school, to help advance cancer research, according to a press release. The gift is set to result in a new 12-story research facility named after Griffin.

This announcement came almost a month after Griffin said he would no longer donate to Harvard because of how it dealt with antisemitism on campus — last year he donated over $300 million to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, The Harvard Crimson reported.

"Until Harvard makes it very clear that they're going to resume their role as educating young American men and women to be leaders, to be problem-solvers, to take on difficult issues, I'm not interested in supporting the institution," Griffin said.

In 2022, Citadel moved its headquarters from Chicago to Miami — because of increasing rates of crime and violence throughout the Midwestern city. Since moving to Miami, Griffin has been making his mark on the Sunshine State, including a slew of charitable gifts and big real-estate purchases .

He's also touted Miami as a future financial hub, predicting it could overtake New York .

The founder of Citadel, a hedge fund, and Citadel Securities, a trading firm, Griffin is the 35th-richest person in the world with an estimated $38.6 billion, according to Forbes .

The new building, to be named the Kenneth C. Griffin Cancer Research Building, is set to be one of the largest stand-alone buildings for cancer research in Florida, the University of Miami's press release said. It will contribute to creating and finding new therapies and expanding clinical trials. It's set to open in 2025.

"The Ken Griffin name has become synonymous with philanthropic leadership that drives value in the communities in which he operates," Stuart A. Miller, the board chair of the University of Miami Health System, said.

Miller added: "Miami is privileged and fortunate to now call Ken Griffin one of our own."

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  1. Research university

    A research university or a research-intensive university is a university that is committed to research as a central part of its mission. They are the most important sites at which knowledge production occurs, along with "intergenerational knowledge transfer and the certification of new knowledge" through the awarding of doctoral degrees. They ...

  2. What Is a Research University?

    Research universities can be public or private institutions. By definition, research universities offer master's and doctoral degrees along with bachelor's degrees. The concept of a research university dates back to the 19th century. In the U.S., Johns Hopkins University was the first research university.

  3. 50 Top Research Universities

    Research at Rutgers is vast and many of the university's research is world-renowned. Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository is the largest university based repository in the world and has received over $57.8 million from the National Institutes of Health. 30. University of California - Santa Cruz.

  4. How to Become a Research Analyst: A 2024 Guide

    A bachelor's degree in a business-related subject, math, economics, or social science is typically the entry point to work as a research analyst, with some employers asking for a master's degree. According to Zippia, 70 percent of research analysts have a bachelor's degree, with a further 18 percent going on to study for a master's ...

  5. How To Become A Research Scientist: What To Know

    Many higher-level research jobs require a master's degree in a relevant field. Pursuing a master's degree lets you gain work experience before beginning a doctorate, sets you apart from other ...

  6. Undergraduate Research

    Programs & Fellowships. Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards: Receive up to $3,000 and be paired with a full-time faculty sponsor for research on any topic of your choosing. ASPIRE grants : Promote independent research projects among undergrads in the School of Arts and Sciences; awards range from $500 to $4,500 per academic year.

  7. How To Become a Research Scientist (With Tips)

    If you are unsure, a general degree in clinical research can be a good option. If you want to research medicine, chemistry or biology, a degree in biochemistry, biology, pharmacology or pre-med can work well. If you are interested in being a computer and information research scientist, then a degree in information technology is appropriate. 2.

  8. PhD Program

    Program Overview. MIT Sloan PhD Program graduates lead in their fields and are teaching and producing research at the world's most prestigious universities. Rigorous, discipline-based research is the hallmark of the MIT Sloan PhD Program. The program is committed to educating scholars who will lead in their fields of research—those with ...

  9. Graduate Degrees

    Discover the graduate degrees that Johns Hopkins AAP has to offer. Find the right program to further your education and career. ... Breakthroughs in genetics research are changing how we discover, diagnose, and treat disease. Individualized genomics is an emerging field filled with career opportunities in health care, education, biotech, and ...

  10. Research-Oriented Graduate Programs

    Compare Research-Oriented Graduate Degree Programs The Master's program usually lays the groundwork for the pursuit of a Ph.D. These programs focus on specialized research, rigorous coursework, and superb faculty mentorship. A graduate degree from Berkeley EECS ensures that you have cultivated the necessary skills to succeed in a career in ...

  11. Doctor of Regulatory + Clinical Research Management

    In your courses, you'll hone your interpersonal, analytical, ethical and cultural competencies. You'll also build a knowledge base related to regulatory and clinical research management, including: Clinical research leadership. Clinical trial design and management. Data management and analysis. Ethical and legal issues in clinical research.

  12. MA in Research Methodology

    The estimated tuition and fees for the Research Methodology MA totals $ 30,750 .00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change. For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a ...

  13. Online Master's: Research Methods, Measurement & Evaluation

    The Research Methods, Measurement & Evaluation online master's degree program is designed for educators and various practitioners ranging from corporate training & learning designers through sales force management seeking program evaluation expertise. Further, it is an ideal option for recent college graduates currently in or entering the ...

  14. How to Become a Research Scientist

    One efficient way aspiring research scientists can obtain these specific skill sets is to pursue a master's degree in biotechnology at a top university like Northeastern. "The biotech program is designed in collaboration with industry so that we're meeting their needs," Auclair says. "This includes training students with the skills ...

  15. Graduate Research Degree Programs

    The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) offers research-centered (M.S./Ph.D.) advanced degree programs in more than 30 fields of study. Cornell is ranked first among the nation's academic institutions in National Science Foundation research funding. The total research expenditure in CALS exceeded $185 million in fiscal year 2016.

  16. List of research universities in the United States

    Harper Quadrangle at the University of Chicago, a U.S. research university. This is a list of universities in the United States classified as research universities in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.Research institutions are a subset of doctoral degree-granting institutions and conduct research.These institutions "conferred at least 20 research/scholarship ...

  17. What is a research degree?

    The Master of Research (MRes) degree is a one year full-time or two years part-time master's degree. The MRes places more emphasis on research skills than a traditional taught master's degree such as an MA or MSc. For students who wish to proceed to doctoral research, it can be an excellent preparation. It can also be a standalone degree ...

  18. Clinical Research Management Master's Degree

    Advance your nursing and health care career with Arizona State University's online Master of Science in clinical research management degree. In this program, you'll develop the skills necessary to supervise and analyze clinical trials and research. Learn more. Quick facts. Next start date: 03/11/2024.

  19. B.S. in Interdisciplinary Research

    Design Your Own Research-Focused Program with an Online Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Research Degree . These days, many traditional disciplines that used to be confined to 1 area of study may ...

  20. Online Degrees and Postgraduate Studies from Top Universities

    Earn a Master's degree, a Bachelor's degree, or a Postgraduate credential from a top-ranked university at a breakthrough price. Study on your own schedule with 100% online degree or postgraduate programs. Learn from project-based courses and get direct feedback from your professors. When you graduate, you'll receive the same university degree as students who attend class on campus.

  21. What is a research degree?

    A four-year research degree of similar standing to a PhD. At Imperial, it is offered in certain EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training. Most of your time (50-75% depending on the project) is usually spent on an industrial placement, undertaking research on behalf of your host company.

  22. What is a research degree?

    Distance learning. Our distance learning programmes offer a flexible way to study for a research degree - allowing you to gain a University of Leicester research degree wherever you are in the world. Research degrees are the highest level of degree usually awarded by UK universities. Find out about the different types of research degrees ...

  23. How to Become a Research Psychologist

    Many students interested in becoming research psychologists begin with a bachelor's in psychology. However, some come from a background in a related area such as social work or even from an entirely unrelated degree area altogether. Remember, it is possible to switch to psychology for graduate school, even if your undergraduate degree is in an ...

  24. 16 Science Majors (and Related Careers) to Consider

    Careers in biomedical research and environmental protection are expected to be in high demand. Health care jobs, which often require a science degree, will also likely be in high demand, according to the BLS. It's expected that the United States will add 2 million new health care positions between 2021 and 2031, more than any other industry .

  25. We can't combat climate change without changing minds. This psychology

    The two initially met through Nicole Betz, a graduate student in Coley's lab. Last year, the three co-authored a paper on how human exceptionalism — the idea that humans are different and set apart from other organisms — can hinder sustainable behavior.. Humans & Nature is a further exploration of that type of academic research in a classroom setting with readings, lectures and a heavy ...

  26. Purdue announces four new online interdisciplinary ...

    Purdue University is a public research institution demonstrating excellence at scale. Ranked among top 10 public universities and with two colleges in the top four in the United States, Purdue discovers and disseminates knowledge with a quality and at a scale second to none. More than 105,000 students study at Purdue across modalities and ...

  27. VCU's new Startup Accelerator will propel university research that has

    The university's sponsored research funding for fiscal year 2023 was $464 million, representing a 71% increase over the past five years. For VCU faculty researchers, the accelerator is designed to put startups on formal timelines and hit targeted goals. The program includes meetings with advisors and entrepreneurs-in-residence, development of ...

  28. Texas A&M Researcher Selected as Sloan Research Fellow

    Dr. Orencio Duran Vinent, assistant professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently selected as a 2024 Sloan Research Fellow. This fellowship recognizes 126 of the top researchers from the United States and Canada. Fellows receive $75,000 to support research initiatives within a two-year term.

  29. Ken Griffin Gifts $50 Million to University of Miami Cancer Center

    Ken Griffin gave $50 million to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami's medical school, to help advance cancer research, according to a press release.

  30. A new tool to fight cancer, infections, addiction

    A soccer ball-shaped, nanoparticle-sized vaccine delivery platform called Q-Beta might hold the key to unlocking treatments for any number of viruses and diseases — from cancers to infections and even opioid addiction — thanks to the work of a research team that got its start at Michigan State University. This groundbreaking research is ...