Junior Research Assistant Certification

The Junior Research Assistant Certification will be presented to all PCRi Students who successfully complete the following four requirements.

 

Requirements to be certified:

  1. Attend 80% of all PCRi lessons live (all missed sessions must be made up)

  2. Attend ALL sessions with your Research Mentor

  3. Apply what you have learned to develop a Capstone Project (includes research proposal and poster slide)

  4. Present at our Capstone Project Showcase

  5. Can display proficiency in the research techniques for their course. 

Research techniques:

 

BIOLOGY:

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

DNA Extraction

DNA Sequencing

Restriction Enzyme Digestion

RNA Sequencing

Immunofluorescent Staining

CRISPR/Cas9

Transgenic Animal Models

Protein Extraction and Fractionation

Western Blotting

 

MATH/PHYSICS:

Computer Programming

Data Analysis

Statistical Analysis

Experimental Research Methods

Reading and Understanding Academic Papers

Performing a Literature Review

Formulating Testable Research Questions

 

HUMANITIES:

Finding and organizing sources

Writing a literature review

Formulating a research question

Reading critically for research

Presenting a research project

Analyzing literary texts

Analyzing primary historical sources

Historiographical research

Contextualization of sources

Formatting a humanities research paper

Steps to approach a humanities research paper

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES:

Determining Construct validity

Determining Internal validity

Determining External validity

Reading and understanding Academic Papers

Performing Literature reviews

Formulating a research question

Identifying independent variables

Identifying dependent variables

Identifying confounding factors

Understanding the building blocks of a Social Sciences Research Paper

Understanding the various fields of social science research

Connecting research to modern-day issues

Understanding the importance of social science research

Ability to come up with a research proposal

Pursue student’s interests in social sciences



 

Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in the student not receiving a PCRi Junior Research Assistant Certificate.


 

Make-Up Policy:

Watch the recording of your Zoom class and send a 2-3 paragraph summary to the Director of your course.