Lessons learned from the fourth Michael Horman Symposium, a cross-institution research methods symposium, are described in this paper. The symposium provides a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to discuss their research ideas and develop a network of mentors as they conduct their studies. The aims of the symposium are to introduce innovative qualitative and quantitative research methods, to improve research communication, and to involve a diverse group of faculty mentors from several universities in the U.S. Distinctive approaches of the symposium are the inclusion of team-based activities across multiple schools and student levels, and informal learning settings. Approximately 30 students participated in the symposium by sharing their experiences and reflecting on a series of questions including: how do you conceptualize research methods? Why are methods important for research? And how do you determine which method(s) is/are appropriate for your research topic? The students worked in small groups to answer these questions. The preliminary findings suggest that novice researchers experience confusion, challenges when evaluating, and selecting research methods to support their investigation. This matter needs to be addressed by future interventions informed by research. Nevertheless, the symposium resulted in significant pedagogical, methodological, and developmental outcomes for participants.