Office of Student Research Pushes to Reach Students From All Majors
by Hannah Wagner
Kent State University’s Office of Student Research will host the fourth annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity on March 21 from 1-5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center.
Office of Student Research Director Ann Gosky says the office is making an effort to ensure incoming and current undergraduate students know about the opportunities for research and to try to engage them in that process.
Last year, 188 students presented. This year’s symposium will feature approximately 250 undergraduate researchers. Gosky says this high-impact practice is a great opportunity for students and faculty to engage students in research.
A universitywide initiative aims to increase the number of Kent State students engaged in research. As a result, one of the office’s priorities has been to involve all academic majors and students from all eight campuses.
Troy Kotsch, senior biology major with a pre-med concentration, says performing research alongside his mentor, Louise Steele, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences at the Kent State University at Salem Campus, has helped him gain valuable skills that will assist him in his future career.
“Research has played a fundamental role in finding out who I am and what I want to do with my life,” Kotsch says. “I now have more confidence in myself and in my field of study.”
The Office of Student Research plans to grow its Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.) by offering additional programming and outreach to students through workshops and collaboration with other university departments, including the McNair Scholars program.
“As students engage in research, they’re developing a relationship with a faculty mentor,” Gosky says. “Research is a way to connect to the university and dive deeper into an area of academic study.”
Gosky noted that when students engage in research, they become better problem solvers and their self-confidence increases.
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