are offered to motivated advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students looking to lead original, structured research on a selected topic. Apprenticesare expected to participate in a broad array of research activities derived from ongoing studies that tackle diverse sets of problems, thus gaining diverse skills and interdisciplinary perspectives. However, the majority of their time is focused on developing a semi-independent research project guided by an ECIM investigator.  The complexity of the question a student is able to tackle is time-dependent and reliant upon the student’s background.  At the end of the apprenticeship, students present their research in a short oral presentation and write a scientific paper describing their work.  These experiences are tailor-made, so as to incorporate interests/goals of the student and meet all program requirements. Research Apprenticeships are offered throughout the year, with a minimum stay of 3 months (though 5+ months is recommended)