Research Skills

Seeking support for your research efforts? The Center for Graduate Life and Learning provides key resources to strengthen and develop your research skills. Check the Calendar for upcoming events.

Thomas L. Reynolds Graduate Student Research Award

Up to $1,500 for doctoral or master’s students to assist with costs often overlooked in other funding sources.  For more information on this and other funding alternatives, visit the Graduate School's Funding site.  To apply for a fellowship, please visit the NinerScholars portal

Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award

Only the very best research dissertations are picked each year for the Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award.  This award is presented by the Graduate School to recognize outstanding research and scholarship by a doctoral student at UNC Charlotte. Award recipients receive a cash prize and possible participation in the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools.

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

The Master’s Thesis Award goes annually to a student nominated by faculty for the quality of their thesis work.  Award recipients receive a cash prize and possible participation in the annual meeting of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. 

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GRAD 6302/8302 | Responsible Conduct of Research | 2.0 credits 

REQUIRED FOR ALL DOCTORAL STUDENTS. Focuses on practical skills and critical thinking about the responsible conduct of research, highlighting the nine areas of instruction required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF).  Features speakers with expertise in various areas of professionalism and research ethics. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. (Fall, Spring)

GRAD 6340/8340 | Data Analysis and Presentation for Impact | 2.0 credits

Learn to gather, organize and present data for understanding and impact in a professional setting. Helps develop decision-making and predictive modeling.

GRAD 6240/8240 | Research Ethics in the Biological and Behavioral Sciences | 3.0 credits

Designed to identify the fundamental elements that characterize not only methodologically grounded but also morally appropriate scientific research. Class discussion and readings focus on key issues in biological and behavioral research including informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, risk-benefits assessments, mechanisms for protecting animal and human research subjects, international research, vulnerable populations, conflicts of interest and data management, publication ethics, intellectual property issues and the politics of research.

GRAD 8990 | Academic Integrity | 0 credits (non-graded)

REQUIRED FOR ALL DOCTORAL STUDENTS. Here at Charlotte we value sound and ethical conduct in all educational and professional pursuits. This online training addresses issues of academic integrity and the University’s policies and procedures related to violations of the Code of Student Academic Integrity.  This course must be completed at the beginning of students' first semester. Once completed, a grad of "N" (for "non-graded") will appear in DegreeWorks.