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Junior Research Lab (entête)

Join a Junior Research Lab (JRL)

04 May - 26 June 2020

Update : 07/24/2019

Be part of a real research unit from May to July in the Montpellier scientific community!


The module is based on a research project but is not an internship under the supervision of a senior scientist who has already framed the entire project. It is a learning by researching and doing module. From seminal ideas of projects proposed by a team of experienced teachers, experts in several disciplines (plant biology, genetics and evolution, soil and water science, numeric agriculture or social sciences), small groups of 3-4 students are assembled on the basis of their complementary skills. They have to identify a scientific question from a literature review, design their own experiments, acquire and analyze data, write a scientific paper and realize a flash oral presentation. We aim to train them to work in a cooperative, open and sharing way respecting the principles of ethical, open and reproducible science.

The students are accompanied by a step-by-step process. Courses for project management, data management, data analysis, English writing, and literature management are given all along the 8 weeks consistently according to the increasing needs of the students.

Students are accompanied and taught in the different disciplines according to the needs of their project. They are asked to develop their engagement, self-learning, interculturality and responsibility.

The module is hosted in a dedicated space to which they have a full-time access.

  • Teaching language: English (B2 level)
  • Organization and credits: The course is a full time 8-week-long course. Successful completion of this course brings 8 ECTS credits.
  • Requirements: The course is open to Junior or Senior Students in agronomy, with at least attending a final year of bachelor in science. We expect some basics in statistics (also possibly taken at a previous module in Montpellier SupAgro). No other specific prerequisites but English B2 level.
  • Grades: The final mark will be a weighted average between an individual exam (peer review of another group’s project article and 180’ flash oral presentation) and a group project (scientific article).
  • Course content

    Students activities are split into a group project (50%) and transversal activities (50%).

    The module is organized with three main activities:

    • active learning sessions providing in-depth knowledge and practical skills to manage and analyze data, in particular with R, literature management, English scientific writing and oral presentation
    • (seminars covering the diverse facets of open and reproducible research (open data, open methodology, open access and open peer review). The seminars are led by expert scientists and are a unique opportunity for the students to embrace a large range of topics that are transversal to scientific projects. Students are in charge of organising the seminars, hosting and introducing the speakers.
    • scientific project: field visit, literature review, experimental design, data production, data management plan, data analysis, scientific writing and open peer review among groups. Students are mentored by teachers and expert scientists for their project. They have to develop technical skills and use Montpellier SupAgro facilities and associated scientific devices, such as PCR, spectrometers, sequencers etc.

    Disciplinary knowledge such as plant physiology, ecology, genomics or soil sciences in the previous session are acquired through self-learning (books, scientific literature) and discussion with experts. Their content is depending on the project.

    Students are required to: (1) attend all active learning sessions and seminars, (2) develop self-learning, (3) work on their group project and (4) take a final examination.

  • Partnerships

    Research Units: potentially all (120) research units from MUSE - Montpellier University of Excellence


Montpellier SupAgro
Campus de La Gaillarde
2 place Pierre Viala


Montpellier SupAgro
2 place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier - France
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Fax : +33 (0)4 99 61 29 00

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