What do FHSU students have to say about participation in undergraduate research?

Of the 576 students who responded to a survey of their perceptions of undergraduate research at FHSU:

80.1% rated their overall satisfaction with undergraduate research as either satisfied or very satisfied

They also reported a fair or large amount of increase in their…..

  • Ability to work independently (83.9%)
  • Awareness of the variety of fields they could specialize in (64.9%)
  • Confidence in research skills (80.7 %)
  • Confidence in their ability to succeed in graduate school (77.9%)
  • Qualifications for jobs in related fields (78.9%)

The respondents also indicated that research enhances critical thinking skills (94.9 %) and problem solving skills (93.2%)

95.1 % agreed or strongly agreed that research allowed for practical application of concepts learned inside and outside of the classroom

Student perceptions of undergraduate research at Fort Hays State University, by Dr. Germaine Taggart, Amanda Brown, and Dustin Engel

 

Student Perceptions of Undergraduate Research at Fort Hays State University

“Another aspect that I know will help me in the future was the opportunity to connect with the faculty from my department and to network with faculty and students from schools around the region. This was very beneficial, because I got to build my relationships with the faculty here, who will be helping me obtain my bachelor’s degree and with the entire graduate school application and selection process. I also got to meet many people from other schools, and these connections will be very helpful in the future.” - 2011 URE Participant

“Through this process, students are: (a) learning about the discipline through hands-on activities, (b) researching specialty areas within the field, (c) developing mentor-mentee relationships with two faculty members,and (d) beginning to act like graduate students in their day to day behaviors.”- 2011 URE Faculty Mentor

“I think most people who enter graduate school in any field have a passion for the subject but little idea of what the work for the doctorate entails or what academic work at the professional level requires. My hope was that while I taught my student specific skills in research, I would also be able to give her a broad roadmap for her future in academia.”- 2011 URE Faculty Mentor

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