The best thing about Cornerstone research is the way it breaks the ice and gets you ready for more reserach at Texas A&M. The opportunities for research involvement here are endless, and they're a wonderful way to learn about something you enjoy or have a passion for. Seriously, you could research almost anything here! Don't believe me? Take a look at my apartment the other night...
Katie: In addition to various projects for classes, I spent last Spring and Summer as a research assistant in the Doss Psychology lab for PSYC 485 credit. I helped with a study on couples' therapy for veterans, and a study on couples having their first child. I also completed a literature review on couples' therapy issues for elderly couples for PSYC 491 credit. Currently I'm researching the spinal cord's ability to learn independently of the brain as part of a course I am Honors contracting.
Would you recommend undergraduate research?
Kim: I would absolutely recommend undergrad research to other students because I feel it is a fantastic way to learn how to do research and really apply it in a form that can be shared with others. It gives you an opportunity to think far more deeply about a subject than you ever would have had you not been researching it, and it sheds light on new perspectives based on the reading you do.
Katie: I would definitely recommend undergrad research! Being involved in research has not only allowed me to learn about things I really care about, but it has also provided me with a clearer understanding of how research works, and how our society goes about increasing our knowledge of a subject. I would especially recommend doing research for class credit (485 and 491 classes)...485s and 491s are wonderful ways to obtain elective hours, and they aren't like any other class you'll take!