Students work in a fluid, yet hands on environment. The students subdivide into smaller teams and meet regularly with Professors Lee and Ludden for progress updates. They also keep track of their work in digital notebooks and share and gather materials using digital collaboration platforms. Professors Lee and Ludden organized special workshops tailored to student group interests, from interviewing skills, the basics of podcasting, to using digital mapping tools. Sessions were scheduled based on demand and interest.
A key goal of the research cluster is for students to learn collaboration and peer-on-peer mentorship. Students enroll with the intention of staying involved three semesters. Seasoned students train and guide newer students in navigating their piece in the group project.