Student Involvement

Student Involvement

Why should you get involved?

Engaging in research can benefit your academic experience, prepare you for the workforce, and equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to impact the world for Christ. Studies have shown that getting involved in research has the following advantages:

  • Better analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills (Bauer & Bennet, 2003; Hunter, Laursen & Seymour, 2007; Lopatto, 2010; Osborn & Karukstis, 2009; Schuster & Birdsong, 2006)
  • Better application of knowledge to the real world (Hartman, Widner & Carrick, 2013; Hunter, Laursen & Seymour, 2007; Levinson, 2010; Osborn & Karukstis, 2009; Schuster & Birdsong, 2006)
  • Increased curiosity, confidence, and professional competence (Hartman, Widner & Carrick, 2013; Hunter, Laursen & Seymour, 2007; Levinson, 2010; Osborn & Karukstis, 2009; Russell, Hancock & McCullough, 2007; Schuster & Birdsong, 2006)
  • Increased academic achievement and social integration (Hartman, Widner & Carrick, 2013, Hunter, Laursen & Seymour, 2007; Lopatto, 2010; Osborn & Karukstis, 2009; Schuster & Birdsong, 2006)

We are here for you!

One major initiative overseen by CRS is the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), entitled “Illuminate: Cultivating a Community of Research and Scholarship,” which is specifically focused on improving your knowledge and skills in the areas of research and scholarship as an undergraduate residential student. Through the QEP, CRS provides those of you who are engaged in research with the following opportunities:

  • Awards available for you if you are engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor through a research-intensive course
  • Participation in Research Week as an opportunity for you to showcase your research to the University community
  • Awards available to support your travel if you are interested in presenting your research at a professional conference, exhibition, or other external venue