For a Fellow to be considered in a research track, at least 60% of his/her time should be spent on research. The primary goal of the research track is to develop both the knowledge base and the skills to begin an independent research career within the chosen specialty area. This will include: 1) a critical understanding of the literature and the current issues in the field; and 2) the ability to independently develop a specific research project. Fellows whose positions have a primary research focus are most often provided with experience working on grant-funded projects. Close supervision is provided for experimental design, research techniques, and grant writing.
The primary goals of the research track can take many forms such as: developing a grant proposal which is submitted for funding; propose, design, and implement a small research project; and/or conduct secondary data analyses on existing data sets. Projects are typically conducted in collaboration with the faculty advisor and can take advantage of ongoing programmatic research at Brown University.