What is Research

SymposiumWhat is undergraduate research? 

According to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), it is: “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” http://www.cur.org/about.html 

Undergraduate research can take many forms depending on the discipline. Take a look at some of the recent titles of undergraduate research projects at KSU: 

  • (Anthropology) An Anthropological Analysis of the Chalcolithic Material Culture Found at Pachamta in the Mewar Plain, India
  • (Art History) Rethinking the Representation of Prostitution in Ancient Greek Vase-Painting
  • (Biology) Identification of Novel Kallmann Syndrome Genes by Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting and Expression Profiling
  • (Chemistry) Multisite Phosphorylation of eNOS by Various Kinases and the Impact of Calmodulin
  • (Engineering) Wheelchair Carrier For Use In Airports
  • (English) The Success of Hashtags in Social Media Movements: A Linguistics Approach
  • (Exercise Science) Is Prenatal Exercise Participation Associated with Reduced Discomforts of Pregnancy?
  • (Psychology) Reducing Automatic Stereotyping and Increasing Humanization Through Situational Attributional Training

Why should I get involved in undergraduate research?

Undergraduate research is one of the ten “high-impact educational practices” that promote deep learning and engage students (Kuh, 2008). There are numerous benefits associated with undergraduate research – for example, increased retention, progression, & graduation rates, increased rates of attending graduate school, better success once in graduate school, improvements in critical thinking, improvements in writing and public speaking, etc. (Bauer & Bennett, 2003; Hathaway et al., 2002; Nagda et al., 1998; Nnadozie et al., 2001). In general, you’ll become professionally socialized through your undergraduate research experiences; you’ll learn professional conduct and begin to acquire the skills and attitudes associated with your discipline (Hunter et al., 2006; Lopatto, 2007; Seymour et al., 2004).