Check Out Former Student Researchers' Experiences
Success Stories: Class of 2019
Katasha J. Dawson. M.A.
At the beginning of my educational career, I was the only one of my friends to pursue college. Research on the benefits of college degrees led me to desire a Bachelors degree and later on a Masters degree. My faculty research mentor introduced me to the Accelerated Masters Program and helped me to not only cultivate and develop my research interests, but helped me to explore career interests within my specific degree. I never realized how encompassing a Communication degree is from Human Resources to Digital Marketing. What sets my research apart from others is the ethical and moral compass that guides me and furthermore engaging in reliable and valid modes of measurement, analysis, and overall understanding and comprehensiveness. What is research, but sharing knowledge, but if that knowledge is not understood or properly explained it tends to be a loss of knowledge, which is a shame.
Graduate Research Student
Class of 2019
Michael Wheeler B.S.
Research means helping to study something that is worthwhile, exciting and can benefit other academics and potentially society itself depending on the research performed. From working with Dr. Kovacs I learned about the basic laboratory techniques and how to operate laboratory equipment such as the centrifuges, FPLC, and the column chromatography apparatus. I also learned how DNA is cloned and replicated in a lab setting as well as how proteins are synthesized and collected. Having a mentor greatly helped my research because I was introduced to what performing lab experiments are like in an actual laboratory setting. It also greatly increased my knowledge of experiments and protocols because Dr. Kovacs passed on his experience on the topic of research I was studying. The URA was a great opportunity and program and I was happy to be a part of it.