Research is the systematic search for knowledge.
The purpose of research is to establish new facts, solve problems, test ideas, or develop products. Research can be basic -to advance the state of science, or it can be applied - to address specific needs of society. Research may take many forms, including scientific experiments, engineering designs, musical scores, exhibitions, performances, and much more.
At YSU, research is not something you learn by watching; you learn by getting involved at every step with a supervising faculty member.
Whether you are a freshman or a senior, research opportunities exist.
Start by talking to your instructors about a question, idea, or inspiration. Classes are often the source of interesting research challenges. Once you have an idea, review relevant academic literature for more information. Meet with your academic advisor, and then speak to a knowledgeable faculty member.
WHAT IS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Undergraduate research is an investigation or exploration into a significant issue in a particular field in order to produce knowledge and understanding. Other than the scope or size of the project, there is no difference in the research process between undergraduate students, graduate students, or faculty members.
WHO DO I TALK TO FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Speak to your academic advisor or a knowledgeable faculty member.
WHY SHOULD I DO RESEARCH AS AN UNDERGRADUATE? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOING RESEARCH?
Many programs and departments require students to do research. Even if you are not required to do research, you are strongly encouraged to get involved in research. When students engage in research, the field of study gains new information and knowledge. Students learn critical thinking, organization, and communication skills. Prospective employers look for students with relevant research experience.
WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED OF ME IF I PERFORM A RESEARCH PROJECT?
A student’s role varies by topic and discipline. For a project in Liberal Arts, STEM, or Business, students might design experiments, collect data, analyze results, and broadly communicate them via journal publication or at a conference.
For a project in music or art, a performance or exhibition may be appropriate.
HOW EASY IS IT TO USE LIBRARY RESOURCES? WHAT RESEARCH RESOURCES DOES THE LIBRARY HAVE?
YSU’s Maag Library offers an extensive collection of books, journals, online databases, and access to OhioLink – a statewide network of library resources. Other research databases may be accessed on your personal computer.
IS A RESEARCH DONE INDIVIDUALLY OR WILL I BE WORKING IN A GROUP?
Both individual and group research projects are available Your sponsoring faculty member will help decide what kind of project may be best.
WHAT KIND OF TIME COMMITMENTS ARE INVOLVED IN RESEARCH AT YSU?
Research may require one or more semesters, depending on the scope of the project. Speak with your faculty sponsor for details of a particular project. Many students perform research over the summer months when they can focus more on the research and less on course work.
DOES STUDENT RESEARCH EVER GET PUBLISHED IN JOURNALS OR PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES?
Yes. A key point point of doing research is sharing the results so that society may benefit from the knowledge.
DO YOU HAVE RESEARCH EVENTS AT YSU? HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEM?
Each spring, YSU hosts QUEST – a one-day research conference devoted to student scholarship. Students present their research and answer judges questions in research conference format. Go to www.ysu.edu/quest for details.
CAN I RECEIVE ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR A RESEARCH PROJECT AT YSU?
You can perform research as an independent study project, as part of courses, for lab credit, or a senior capstone/thesis.
CAN I PERFORM RESEARCH OUTSIDE OF MY MAJOR?
Many research problems benefit from a multi-disciplinary or inter-interdisciplinary approach. Speak to a faculty member for assistance.
IS RESEARCH AT YSU ONLY FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS?
YSU encourages involvement in research throughout a student’s entire academic career.