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Research is an inquiry or investigation in any academic discipline that makes a significant and original intellectual or creative contribution to that discipline. Students can conduct research in settings as diverse as an art studio, a library or a rainforest. Students conduct research with the support of a faculty mentor, and projects can culminate in a variety of ways such as a presentation, paper, performance or exhibition.
While some research projects are heavily influenced by faculty research, others are guided more by student interest. Whether pioneering new findings or extending previous knowledge, this important work contributes to our body of knowledge in significant and meaningful ways.
Why do research?
Research can be an important supplement to traditional classroom learning. They can give you the competitive edge you need in when applying to jobs or graduate programs, in addition to providing immense personal rewards. Some benefits of research include:
- Developing essential job skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and oral and written communication
- Demonstrating to potential employers and graduate schools adaptability, curiosity, initiative and imagination
- Preparation for graduate school
- Learning more about topics that interest you
- Gaining hands-on experience in your field
- Developing relationships with professors in your discipline
- The opportunity to make new and exciting contributions to your field
How can OSRCA help?