Meghan participated on a
project examining the relationship between education reform and
performance in Michigan schools.
How did you get involved in research?
Professor Dyson approached me about the research opportunity after I took her
POL 120 class. I had not thought of doing research until she approached me and I
jumped at the opportunity.
How has participating in research impacted your education?
This has been my first exposure to research, and I am learning so much about the
analytical side to politics.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your research experience?
Working with Professor Dyson has given me a chance to not only learn about
research but also apply it to something that I care about. It's satisfying to
know that this research could affect the way future generations go to school.
What are your future plans? How has participating in research helped you in
preparing for those future plans?
I hope to become a writer when I am finished at UM-Flint, and working in
research now can help me collect data or research a subject I am writing about
in the future.
What advice would you give to students interested in being involved in
It's important to realize that research is not
limited to one or two areas. Even if the project you are working on does not
specifically related to what you're interested, you can develop all sorts of
news skills to then apply to your own field of interest. Take as much as you can
out of your experience.