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Summer Research Colloquium

Summer Research Colloquium

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The Summer Research Colloquium (SRC) is a weekly workshop series that runs concurrently to the ReMatch+, OURSIP, ProCES, Pace Center and STEM Fellows summer research programs. SRC hosts weekly workshops during the summer to (A) Introduce students to the basics of research design in an interdisciplinary setting; (B) Facilitate a discussion among students regarding best practices in advising and mentoring. In addition, SRC hosts a lunch faculty lecture series to expose students to Princeton faculty members and their research. 

In addition, the Summer Research Colloquium (SRC) extends beyond the classroom setting.  Weekly social events are offered to those participating in SRC to facilitate community among undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers during the summer months.

The Summer Research Colloquium (SRC) culminates in a research conference, where SRC undergraduates present their summer research to participants in the Freshman Scholars Institute.

SRC Objectives

The Summer Research Colloquium provides undergraduates with introductory lessons in research-writing principles: reading scholarly texts, conducting original research, making an intervention, research design, crafting a scholarly argument, giving and getting feedback, workshopping and revising, and working with a research adviser.  By the end of the summer, undergraduates will revise their research proposals and present those proposals to a larger scholarly audience at a research conference.  For graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, the SRC  introduces pedagogical approaches involved in advising undergraduate research and provides teaching experience in anticipation of the academic job market. 


  • SRC offers undergraduates instruction in substantive methodological approaches to research design and the research process.
  • SRC guides undergraduate students in reading scholarly texts, and in understanding the process of scholarship and the scholarly conversation.
  • SRC guides undergraduates in forming strong adviser-faculty relationships.
  • SRC offers graduate students and postdoctoral researchers guidance in approaching the teaching and advising of undergraduate independent work and research, including providing constructive feedback.
  • SRC offers graduate students and postdoctoral researchers support and advice in approaching advisee-adviser relationships, communicating with faculty, and professionalization.
  • SRC joins graduate students / postdoctoral researchers and undergraduates in an advising relationship, providing undergraduates with research feedback and guidance, and giving graduate students / postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to hone teaching and advising skills, and develop relationships with undergraduate mentees.
  • SRC provides social programming and a supportive community for graduate and undergraduate students living on campus through the summer.

The SRC is a collaborative initiative between the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, with support from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Programs for Access and Inclusion, ProCES and the Pace Center.

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