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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 huge range of people within their field of study. From other undergraduate students and graduate students to top research professionals, the student has the opportunity to start building interpersonal connections. These can be extremely valuable in finding future opportunities, and can also help the student build a network of support. Fellow researchers can help 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 at OSU, in Oregon, or even across the country! These conferences and symposiums are great opportunities for further networking and skill building - to see what other research is currently ongoing, meet professionals in the field, and to 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 other connections made through networking opportunities can help connect the student to future opportunities and can provide references or even letters of recommendation. The skills and experience gained through research can help a student pursue and excel in challenging professional positions in their future career.
From nanoparticles to zebrafish, fossils to cancer cells, tide pools to forests to deserts, centrifuging to scuba diving - the possible study species, systems, and techniques that can go along with a research project are virtually limitless! That means that there's something interesting, engaging, and exciting for just about everyone in the research world. Research isn't just about results - it's also about the methods, and that can often be an invaluable and enjoyable experience, and can add immensely to a student's personal, unique story. become an expert
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