Falk College Research Center Research-in-Progress Sessions

Research-in-Progress Sessions (RIPs) provide peer mentorship and support with an emphasis on feedback for work in progress. Research-in-Progress sessions allow colleagues to give and receive constructive feedback on in-development, planned, or ongoing research projects. Research-in-Progress Sessions work best when a committed group of colleagues attends regularly, but guests are always welcome. Although not the primary goal, regular attendees benefit as much as those receiving feedback.

Usually, Research-in-Progress Sessions focus on one project per meeting, though it may be possible to do a themed session (e.g, “flash feedback” for “revise and resubmit” articles). The project can be at any stage of development. Presenters must be genuinely interested in receiving input from peers and should expect a good deal of interaction and input. People are encouraged to present multiple times on the same project. It can be useful to present when you are:

  • first brainstorming ideas or developing a research proposal
  • creating research protocols or materials
  • experiencing unexpected challenges during implementation of a research project
  • reviewing preliminary data (great for a “data jamboree: focused session!)
  • responding to reviewer feedback to inform a proposal resubmission or journal article revision
  • determining how to best present and disseminate results (e.g., a draft journal manuscript)
  • exploring possible next steps

To get the most out of a RIP Session, the presenter(s) should:

  • share materials (e.g., a manuscript or grant proposal draft, a draft set of instruments or implementation protocol) one week before the meeting
  • advise on the type of feedback desired
  • give a brief introduction to the current state of the project (aiming for 5 minutes or less and no more than 10 minutes).The presenter(s) should not focus on developing a formal presentation, but focus on providing a framework for the current state of the work so that attendees can provide feedback.

Presenters must be the lead researcher of the project presented (e.g., PI, lead author), though collaborating colleagues can be invited and included. Presentation of grant proposals is restricted to external opportunities only. Faculty who are interested in receiving feedback on internal SU sponsorship opportunities should reached out to their mentors/network or contact The Falk Research Center for additional suggestions.