4. Professional Development Presentations
Also on TTH afternoons from 3:30-5:00, students will attend professional development seminars presented by faculty and other professionals. Seminar topics will include (a) an overview of contemporary compassion research, (b) a lecture by faculty from NAU Applied Indigenous Studies on cultural research topics of interest, (c) a short course in basic statistical theory and techniques, (d) applying to graduate school, (e) AGEP, IGERT, and other graduate research and training opportunities, (f) writing a personal statement, (g) preparing for the GRE, (h) writing a curriculum vita, (i) the institutional review process for research, (j) successful grant and manuscript writing, (k) SPSS data analysis, and (l) preparing data for poster or oral presentations. A week of ethical issues in the conduct of human research will be presented by the Director of the NAU IRB and associates and a discussion of controversial ethical issues, such as Tuskegee and the very local and culturally-relevant Havasupai Indian Diabetes Research Project, will be discussed and debated in a live role playing exercise. The last Professional Development Seminar will involve a Research Panel Discussion comprised of all mentors and with topics/questions provided by the group of interns (the Panel Discussion was suggested by our interns in previous summers and was highly successful and most intellectually stimulating).