Journal clubs are held on a biweekly basis. This activity is designed to be student driven and students pick the papers to be discussed, decide on the order of presentation and engage in a discussion on recent research. A faculty mentor is present to assist but stays behind the scenes. Students are encouraged to discuss papers that are pertinent to up-coming faculty seminars thus enabling them to participate in the discussion.
The journal club is an instructional strategy for development of analytical skills needed for interdisciplinary research. Using small group self-directed learning strategies, students engaged in opportunities where they continually generate hypothesis, grapple with alternative explanations based on the evidence, and analyze primary sources, and consider multiple disciplinary perspectives.