Why Student Research?
A lot of schools talk about being a "Research University," but that research is often conducted only by faculty and graduate-level students. At UM-Flint, undergraduates are able to get involved with serious research projects early in their college career, giving them a leg up on the competition when they enter graduate school or the workforce. Plus, programs like the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program offer monetary compensation to student researchers.
Recent research projects UM-Flint students have been involved with include:
- Computer Science, Nursing, Biology, and Communication and Visual Arts students all helped with the development of educational video games for healthcare providers.
- Anthropology students participated in an archeological dig in Flint's Carriage Town neighborhood of a recently discovered Native American burial site in conjunction with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan's Ziibiwing Center.
- Biology students have worked closely with Dr. Joseph Sucic to explore new ways in which enzymes can help fight cancer.
Research is not limited to work conducted in the lab. Students also have the opportunity to work on projects focusing on creative activities. Recent creative activity projects include:
- The Jazz Twitter Concert, where students measured the effects using Twitter in real time had on an audience during a jazz concert performance.
- The Glenwood Cemetery "Restoration of Spirit" project; a collaboration between history and theatre faculty and students. History faculty/students compiled biographical information about prominent 19th century figures in Flint and theatre faculty/students coordinated the theatrical elements, including stage and costume designing and the performances re-enacting the lives of those figures.
- The Sloan Museum's Buick Gallery and Research Center project; students working directly with faculty and staff get hands-on experience curating the museum’s collection of records chronicling the history of the Buick, major car-maker in Flint.
Support Services for Students
The Office of Research is committed to providing support for both undergraduate and graduate students. The following are the programs and initiatives we offer. Click on any of the links below.
Interested students can also start by reviewing some Frequently Asked Questions, read some tips on Getting Started, and check out additional resources on the Web.
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