“The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.” Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)
Why is research important?
Basically, people conduct research to acquire more knowledge of a field of study. At SUNY Fredonia, teaching is informed by research on a variety of disciplines conducted by experienced by faculty members. At the same time, we value, promote and support student research to enhance the learning process. For students who plan to attend graduate school, undergraduate research provides an opportunity to test their academic interests and adds a relevant scholarly experience on their resumes, thus increasing their chances to be admitted in a graduate program. Even students who plan careers outside academe benefit from understanding how knowledge is generated. Research is an important tool to support your learning process, as you obtain an in depth understanding of a topic of your interest; in addition, research will help you to developing the skills needed to analyze data and communicate results. By conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member you can be compensated, either earning credits or points to be added to your grade.
Become familiar with research activities on campus:
Additional Research Resources for International Studies Students
Apply your research and writing skills: submit a paper for publication in a student academic journal. Here some opportunities: