In every corner of the arts and sciences, undergraduate research flourishes

Step into a classroom, art studio, dance class, research lab and library and you will see research being done, about to be done, being talked about or planned.

Denman Research Forum | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Allowing our undergraduates to design their own distinctive research projects with a faculty mentor is not an idle promise; it is reality.

And the proof is everywhere.

  • Every spring, at the Denman Research Forum, our students compete with peers across campus and take home top prizes in ALL categories. In 2014, an amazing cross section of winning projects and majors made us proud: anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, dance, economics, English, geological sciences, international studies, linguistics, mathematics, microbiology, molecular genetics, neuroscience, psychology, physics and sociology were included.
  • Viewing the 2014-15 list of Undergraduate Pelotonia Fellowship winners (22 of the 28 awarded, from the arts and sciences) I was struck by the diversity of the projects and majors. For example, philosophy and microbiology major B. Rashmi Borah’s “Prophylactic Organ Removal as a Means of Cancer Prevention: A Programmatic Analysis of Relevant Ethical Considerations.” Borah is evaluating arguments that contribute to determining the ethical status of prophylactic organ removal. She hopes to show how these arguments help provide a more informed decision for individual patients. It also shows the relevance of the humanities to leading-edge science.
  • Reading about Alumnus Stephen Bergman (BS, economics, 2013) whose undergraduate research on, “The Effect of Recruit Quality on College Football Team Performance,” has been published in the Journal of Sports Economics, a peer-reviewed journal generally reserved for tenured professors.

Keep your eyes open. Prepare to be amazed and impressed by what our undergraduate researchers are doing.

One thought on “In every corner of the arts and sciences, undergraduate research flourishes

  1. I was happy to see that students are combining humanities with science/technology in their undergraduate studies at OSU, and developing meaningful research projects that leverage the strengths of both fields. Combining Microbiology with Philosophy, and applying both to the study and independent research of a topic in BioEthics – a field of rapidly increasing importance and relevance in today’s society – truly epitomizes the value and power of a Liberal Arts Education, in the holistic development of the human mind and intellect. Congratulations to OSU and the College of Arts and Sciences, for developing and nurturing such talents .

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