Undergraduate research is a key component of an empowered education at Grand Valley, as it provides students with opportunities to build skills and knowledge in their disciplines that will help them succeed in their future careers.
Some students work with a faculty member on their current research projects; other students develop an independent project of their own and are guided by a faculty member.
Louis Cousino, Arieal Jackson and Brooke Hoyt shared the independent research they conducted with guidance and mentorship from Anna Hammersmith, associate professor of sociology. They said Hammersmith's expertise in sociology and passion for her students has provided them with the necessary tools to succeed in these projects.
“She's the best at directing students towards what they are interested in, and I am extremely grateful for her,” Hoyt said.
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship lists tips and suggestions for students who are interested in research.