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Meet Katie, the summer 2016 ICI Intern: I’m Katie Goodrich, a senior journalism major at an ICI member campus. I believe in grammar, justice and the right to ice cream. I am fluent in English, sarcasm and gibberish. My talents include an incredible memory for '90s song lyrics, power naps and having just enough bad luck to produce great anecdotes.

Small schools, big opportunities

March 10, 2017

Private colleges offer students a chance to conduct research and present their findings.

Hundreds of students from 21 ICI schools present their research at the Undergraduate Research Conference held at Butler University.

You don’t have to go to a big state school in order to conduct research. From liberal arts colleges to engineering institutes, ICI campuses are teeming with opportunities for research.

Plus, you get to pick the topic. Check out the program for the URC – it has presentations on everything from the analyzing the femininity of April Ludgate from “Parks & Recreation” to natural, dye-sensitized solar cells.

Working on research with a professor helps students prepare for a field where research is the norm, like psychology or biology, but it can also allow students to explore a passion or an interest unrelated to their field.

Elaine Giglio, a Butler University senior, will graduate with a criminology degree and has interned with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Her research looked at student perceptions of the consequences of drinking alcohol.

She studied Butler students specifically, surveying more than 300 of her classmates, which made presenting her research even more powerful to the Butler students in the audience.

“The URC was a chance for my research to be purposeful and acknowledged,” she said.

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Experiences like this as an undergraduate come with guidance from an advisor who can act as a mentor and make sure the research is conducted properly. Since ICI’s schools have great student-to-faculty ratios, you get to know your professor personally and hopefully feel comfortable asking for help if you need it.

Going to a small school also has its perks, because you can often do this research your first year on campus. You could potentially present all four years if you found topics you wanted to explore each year.

Emma Edick, a Butler University senior, studied the Butler Community Arts School in an attempt to explore civic mindedness. She said the URC was the best opportunity to put all the skills she’s learned at school together in a single project.

“Presenting to classmates and professors made it come full circle,” she said. “It was much less intimidating than I anticipated.”

Emma makes a good point. Your friends can come watch you, and it is not as nerve-wracking as presenting at a conference with doctoral candidates or professionals in the field.  

Private colleges offer just as much as big research schools, but the environment provides more one-on-one support and allows students to be involved even earlier.              

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Four Ways to Finish Strong

February 23, 2017

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