The goals of this certificate program are to enable students to understand and apply key concepts in designing and performing authentic experimental research; learn and practice good science communication, ethics and responsible conduct in research; develop research practices and critical thinking skills needed for a career in research; and compile evidence of rigorous training in research for applicants to jobs and graduate programs.

Students must complete four terms of inquiry-based research in lab or field settings under faculty mentorship, overseen by Research Certificate Oversight Committee, two courses about research methods, three courses focusing on quantitative skills, one course in history and philosophy of science, and written and oral presentations of their research.