Doctoral Writing Center
Foundations in Research
What is the Foundations in Research Program?
The Foundations of Research Program is designed to provide participants with an interactive experience as they explore the primary aspects of research required to generate a foundational understanding of research design and development. Through guided activities and engaging material, participants will leave with the knowledge to begin designing a research project for publication or their doctoral dissertation.
What is the goal of the Foundations in Research Program?
The Foundations of Research Program was built on the notion that research is, and should be, fun.
The goal of the Foundations of Research Program is to provide participants with an engaging exploration of the aspects of research necessary to generate a fundamental understanding of research design and development. In each session, participants will engage in various guided and interactive activities to learn about and apply a foundational research topic. Ultimately, participants will leave with the knowledge to begin designing a research project for publication or their doctoral dissertation.
Why should I participate?
In order to be successful in the dissertation phase of their degree, candidates need to have a strong understanding of research design and analysis. Prior to submitting the proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), candidates should understand the components of foundational research. The dissertation topic should synthesize the existing and related literature in order to identify the current state of knowledge on the topic.Through a supportive, nonjudgmental environment with enthusiastic and experienced instructors, this program will better prepare students for conducting research on their proposed dissertation topic and understanding the research process.
How much does it cost?
The Westcliff University Foundations in Research Program is free of cost.
Who is Leading the Program?
Dr. Holly Eimer is a veteran educator of 16 years, having taught and created curriculum for middle, high, and university students. Dr. Eimer received her Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Liberty University and conducted a collective case study on teachers’ experiences using Chromebooks instead of textbooks in the classroom. She currently assists students in the dissertation writing process as a Doctoral Writing Center Specialist with Westcliff University, specializing in qualitative studies. In her spare time, she enjoys freelance writing for publication, and developing public high school Social Studies curriculum.
Dr. Daphna Ram has been a social science researcher for over 15 years. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, and has since taught several higher-education psychology and research method courses and has directed several community-based research projects. She is currently a Doctoral Writing Center Specialist at Westcliff University, specializing in quantitative studies, and also works as a Senior Research Analyst at a community survey organization.
January 3rd-February 26th, 2023
• Every Saturday for 8-weeks, from 9:30am – 11:30 am.
July 8th-August 26th, 2023
• Every Saturday for 8-weeks, from 9:30am – 11:30am
Applying to Program
Who is able to apply?
Any doctoral student who will be completing a dissertation throughout their program.
What do I need to apply?
Individuals who would like to apply will need to complete an application form and commit to the dates set.
When do I have to submit the application?
Spots for this program are limited. The deadline for the application is 2 weeks prior to the starting date.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Foundations in Research program, please access the application form below. Please note you can access the link below with your @Westcliff.edu email.