J-WEL Webinar, "
Powerful Skills from Undergraduate Research" with Hazel Sive, Wed. June 5, 2019 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar, "
Powerful Skills from Undergraduate Research" with Hazel Sive, Wed. June 5, 2019



Webinar: "Powerful Skills from Undergraduate Research"

Date and Time

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

9:00-10:00 a.m. Eastern US Time




Prof. Hazel Sive, J-WEL Higher Education Faculty Director


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Successful and employable students have a broad skill set, that comes from academics, problem-solving acumen and personal growth. Prof. Sive will discuss how undergraduate research promotes the development of all three parts of this skill set. 

Education and Research interdigitate in the most productive ways.
We can define research as ‘the process of solving problems in an organized way’.

Undergraduates can get research experience through the following approaches:

  • Lecture class: discuss application of concepts
  • Lecture class: write research papers
  • Hands-on classes: can include research
  • Faculty research: undergraduate projects
  • Extracurricular: research in Makerspaces
  • Industry: internships

Education comes from research where students...

  • Understand the relevance of concepts
  • Exposed to multidisciplinary, real-life problems
  • Understand innovation + entrepreneurship
  • Gain valuable technical skills 
  • Become confident in solving problems 
  • Learn how to communicate project progression 

In turn, research comes from education since...

  • Faculty explore new research topics by teaching them
  • Undergraduate students can be effective researchers who 
    • Start new projects
    • Contribute to ongoing research/ product development
    • Refine existing/ try new techniques
    • Analyze and interpret data  
    • Prepare papers, posters, talks
    • Teach other students


About the speaker

Hazel Sive is Professor of Biology at MIT, Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Associate Member of the Broad Institute. She received the B.Sc. Hons. from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and the Ph.D. from Rockefeller University. Her groundbreaking research focuses on neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders, as well as fundamental processes underlying brain and craniofacial development. Dr. Sive also focuses on education and training. She is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT’s highest undergraduate teaching award. She teaches Introductory Biology to many undergraduates as well as Developmental Biology. She is former Associate Dean of Science with oversight for equity and education. Dr. Sive is Director of MIT-Africa, an initiative that promotes collaboration between MIT and Africa, and Director of Higher Education for the new Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT. She is committed to communicating to the powerful contributions that education and scientific research make to society.


How to join the webinar

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Date & Time: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 09:00