- Getting Involved
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Why should you engage in research or scholarly work with a faculty member?
A research mentor can connect a student to a range of people within their field of study. From other undergraduate students and graduate students to top researchers, the student has the opportunity to start building professional connections. These can be extremely valuable in finding future opportunities, and can also help the student build a network of support. Fellow researchers can offer advice, constructive criticism on work, and mentorship. Additionally, most students involved in research have the opportunity to present their work with a poster and/or slideshow at a conference or symposia at OSU (click here for options) or somewhere else in the world! These conferences and symposia are great opportunities for further networking and skill building. The student gets exposure to other exciting research projects, meet professionals in your field, and get practice presenting and communicating your work.
Research experiences can add a valuable component to a resume or CV. It can help make a student competitive when applying for graduate school and job positions. Additionally, the student's mentor and new colleagues can help connect the student to future opportunities and serve as references or provide letters of recommendation. The skills and experiences gained through research can help a student pursue and excel in challenging professional positions later in their career.
From nanoparticles to zebrafish, ancient texts to cancer cells, tide pools to deserts, archiving to scuba diving - the possible study species, systems, and techniques that can go along with a research or creative project are virtually limitless! That means that there's something interesting, engaging, and exciting for just about everyone. This experience will add to your personal, unique story as you get the chance to become an expert in something you love!
Critical thinking and problem solving skills
Writing skills (especially in styles specific to peer reviewed publishing)
Get valuable experience in a field of interest
Accountability and responsibility
Technical skills in the lab and/or field
Become an expert in your field
Learn what you like and do not like
Make money, earn credit, and/or get Transcript Notation