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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 the people in their networks – from other undergraduate students and graduate students to top researchers, the student has the opportunity to start building professional relationships. These connections can lead to future opportunities and provide the student with a network of support. Students can turn to fellow researchers for advice and new perspectives on their work.
Most students involved in research have the opportunity to present their work as a poster and/or talk at events at OSU (click here for options) or somewhere else in the world! These events, such as conferences and symposia, are great opportunities for networking and gaining experience. Students can learn about other exciting research projects, meet professionals both inside and outside of their fields, and practice communicating their work.
Research experiences are impressive additions to a resume or CV. They make a student more competitive when applying for graduate school and jobs, helping them stand out to both graduate school panel and industry professionals. Research mentors and new colleagues can help connect students to future opportunities and serve as references or provide letters of recommendation. The skills and experiences gained through research help a student excel in challenging positions they undertake in their future.
From nanoparticles to zebrafish, ancient texts to cancer cells, tide pools to deserts, archiving to scuba diving - the possible experiences 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 own 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)
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