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GVSU faculty play a critical role in supporting undergraduate students interested in research, scholarship, and creative work. Faculty serve as research mentors, introducing students to inquiry within the disciplines and supporting their growth as scholars and researchers. Faculty also encourage students to consider research as an avenue to better understanding career choices, developing skills of inquiry, and exploring careers in research and creative inquiry.
If you are interested in bringing students into your own scholarship, consider OURS programs and services for faculty mentors as a place to begin.
Every GVSU student can get involved in undergraduate research and scholarship. Whether they are a first-year student or a year from graduation, there are many opportunities available in any field or discipline. For many students, finding an opportunity or project is the hardest part. While many students find research opportunities immediately, finding a research project can be a long process and they may need to contact many people. Be patient and persevere with students who are just getting started. The best way to advise a student is to help them.
Find a subject that interests them
They should think about classes that they have enjoyed or ideas that interest them that do not fall within their major. Is there something that left them wanting to know more? What about it was enjoyable? Think about classes that they have enjoyed. Was there a project, paper, lab, idea, or experience that really left them wanting to learning more about it? Why did they enjoy it? What do they want to learn more about? Finding a topic, problem, idea, or activity that really excites them is a great place to begin.
Participate in the Undergraduate Research Fair
The Undergraduate Research Fair acts as a forum for students to meet faculty from various disciplines and learn about different research and scholarship opportunities at GVSU. It is held annually on the first Tuesday in October.
Why should a student do research?
The literature demonstrates that students who participate in undergraduate research benefit in the following ways:
In addition, the literature also indicates that student who participate in research and scholarship:
If I have a student who is interested in research, how do I make a referral to OURS?
We would love to work with your students. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to refer the student. This referral should include their name, G-number, majors, and possible research interests. We ask that you copy the student, so we can connect directly with them and set up an appointment.