Miami Bound: Research Ready

Move-in Date: August 13, 2022

Program Start: August 14, 2022

Program End: August 16, 2022

  • Program Cost: $168

Contact: Laura Birkenhauer, Student Success Librarian for Campus Engagement

Register for Miami Bound: Research Ready

Program Description

Miami Research Ready offers students the unique opportunity to turn inspiration found through reading into research and real-world solutions. Before arriving on campus, students will read an assigned book, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stefanie Land. Attendees will participate in discussion of the book and work in teams to research a problem or question related to book themes, culminating in group presentations.

Throughout the program, participants will engage with mentors from the University Libraries and Makerspace, and learn to plan for, conduct, and share research. Participants will utilize the Makerspace to create a prototype or other object for the group presentation. Teams will have the opportunity to present a proposed creative and student-focused solution on the final program date to members of the Miami University community.

Program Schedule


  • Read Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stefanie Land.

Day 1

  • Welcome! Light refreshments served.
  • Book discussion.
  • Identify research problem or question related to book themes.
  • Introduction to Miami University Libraries and the research process.
  • Meet with librarian mentor.
  • Plan for and begin research.

Day 2

  • Learn about relevant campus resources and support services.
  • Meet with librarian mentor.
  • Plan for group presentation.
  • Continue research.
  • Introduction to Makerspace and maker-centered learning.
  • Meet with Makerspace mentor.
  • Rapid prototyping workshop.

Day 3

  • Complete research.
  • Work in Makerspace, with access to mentors.
  • Group presentations. Light refreshments served.
  • Wrap Up. 

Program Notes

  • Books will be mailed to the home address of each participant during the week of July 10.
  • While there is not a program cost, students are responsible for the $42/night early arrival housing cost, which is charged to students' bursar account.
  • Students are responsible for their own meals during the program.