Robert Woodruff

Robert Woodruff, Senior, Biological Sciences

How did you get involved in research at Kent State?

How did I get started in research – I began as a freshman at the end of my first semester and I have been involved for 2.5 years.  It all started with some informal conversations I had with my TA before class (I always arrived early) and her sharing the work she was doing in one of the labs.  I was interested and connected with Dr. Glass.  I started by observing other undergraduate students in the lab and learning and performing basic lab functions – over the course of my work in the lab, I developed more and more skills and now delegate work to other undergraduate students.

What do you research?

We are studying the effects of paternal use of cocaine on offspring– and looking at the body clock responses - Circadian Rhythms, to cocaine use in fathers.

How has your research experience impacted your overall journey as a college student?

As a college student being involved in research has impacted my life in a very positive way.  It has been my best college experience.   I have some of the same responsibilities as the graduate students which has allowed me to learn new skills and has provided me with new opportunities.  I spend a significant amount of time in the lab and I really enjoy it. Though research, I found my interest in neurosurgery in the lab.  The experience also helped me make the decision between research and medical school. 

What would you tell a friend who would want to become involved in research?

Do it!  Start by going through the opportunities that are posted on the department website.  You’ll see faculty publications and interest and get a good feel for the research they do and align it with your interests.  Also, stick it out for the long haul – your responsibilities will grow and you’ll develop great skills.