Throughout my academic career, I had minimal exposure to research. I only learned about it in classes and it was always very brief. However, Thursday’s lecture delivered by a researcher himself, Adam, covered many things that I never knew and opened my eyes to how broad the world of research is. Personally, I was surprised by how hard it is to get funding for a research project. I knew that it was hard but I just never realized the extent of it and that it almost needs “begging” in order to get funded. Another thing that surprised me was the extent of the inhumane research projects that have been done in the past. When I learned that people were exposed to deadly levels of electricity and heard that some were even put in ice baths to test the duration they can stay in it before dying, I was overwhelmed with shock. Thus, I am very glad that an ethical board exists now and that there are stricter rules to regulate research. One misconception that I had is the number of methods one can use to do research on the same topic. I learned that I underestimated the number of research methods that exist. Thinking about it now after learning the different methods, it makes sense to have so many different ones because researchers can choose to follow the method that can give the best and most accurate data.

I am currently not involved in research and I have never been before, however, I am hoping to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program next year. As for my future career, I think I will most likely be a consumer of research because I always want to know the most updated news in my field and make sure that I provide the best care for my patients.

9 thoughts on “Research

  1. This lecture did not have any surprises for me. I did, however, learn a great deal about the different methods of research, why research is important, and how it operates.

    In high school, I really had no idea what research was or why it was so important. Research was never talked about or practiced in my farm-town high school of less than 400 students. I think I had misconceptions about research simply because I did not know what it meant. I did not understand the varying methods and intricate processes. After my first semester in Ann Arbor, though, I am well aware of the importance of research.

    As a Sport Management major with focuses in communications/PR, broadcast/media, and management, I do not anticipate research being a big part of my future. I have never done research and I do not plan on it any time soon, mainly because it will not benefit me, nor is it necessary. I am not against research in the future as I think it would be interesting and eye-opening.

  2. I also haven’t had much exposure to research due to the fact that I came from a poor funded school. Research was just a broad term to me that I didn’t expect so much from the lecture. Coming to the University of Michigan and being part of UROP, it was pretty challenging to keep up with the work because I wasn’t sure how to be an effective researcher that I wish I had learned this last semester. Still, the lecture held valuable information with important key terms that I will definitely take into consideration when I take on advance research projects whether it be at the University of Michigan or as a researcher trying to find a way to help patients with hydrocephalus.

  3. Like you, I have had little exposure to research in my academic career. I’ve always assumed that I would hate research, and I could never imagine myself doing it for a living. I previously thought of research as general lab work, analyzing data, and writing long papers afterwards. However, Adam’s lecture opened my eyes to the many different types of research that exists and how I can adapt them towards my personal interests. I am also planning on participating in UROP next year to get an introduction to research. Michigan has a very strong emphasis on research for undergraduates, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and grow as a student and future member of the health field through research. I was also surprised at how hard it is to find funding for research, especially since research is such a crucial part of modern medical breakthroughs. As a biomedical engineering major on a pre dental track, I can see myself being both a consumer and producer of research. I hope to be a part of discovering new medical innovations related to dentistry and orthodontics that help make procedures cheaper and more efficient. I also hope to open a practice one day and physically use what the research has given the field in order to help patients.

  4. I came into the University of Michigan interested in doing research but like you, I have very minimal exposure to research. It was frightening to learn that as more and more research is being conducted, less funding are being offered to researchers. As a growing society, we depend on research to discover and improve different things that will benefit us. However, it made me appreciate the fact that I am attending the University of Michigan, where research opportunities are vast. I hope to participate in UROP next year to learn more about and gain more experience with research.

  5. Similarly, I had little to no exposure on extensive research. I think that it is very important to realize the pressure and stress it puts on people. This especially translates to those who are having trouble finding the funding for these projects. Like you said it really is begging and begging some more. I just think that we should be investing more into potentially revolutionary research. I also liked how we learned about ethic boards. I think that this protection for the subjects really does make scientists have to think out of the box in order to create a humane, yet interesting, research project.

  6. I also was not exposed to much research or even all the different types of research and all the possibilities to it. It really surprised me that you need to beg in order to get funds. To me research is fundamental to progress. With out research we would not have made so many discoveries. For example, polio vaccines, measles vaccines, The Human Genome Project, Stem Cell Research, etc. I think research is important and crucial in any filed. As BMS or Public Health major, I can see myself as a consumer and producer of research. Hopefully one day I can be apart of research that will help millions of people.

  7. I too, have had little exposure to research projects. Through my academic career so far, I have purely been a consumer of research, and never a producer. I agree that the ethics board is a crucial component to the research field and that all projects should be regulated so that the benefits of outweigh the costs to the participants. I am interested to see how research will fit into my career in the future and how I will utilize the various methods of research, especially since the funds for research are being spread so thin now. It will be interesting to see how the field of research will adapt to these changes in finances and how further generations are impacted by the lack of funds.

  8. I also have had little experience with research and want to get involved in UROP next year. One thing that I didn’t know before this lecture was how many different types of research there is, but it makes sense. Not all topics and problems can be approached the same way, nor are we always measuring the same thing or looking for the same kind of data and results.
    In my future as a physical therapist, I think that I will mainly be a consumer of research. There are new ways of treatment constantly being published and I want to make sure I am treating my patient in the best way. I also hope to be a provider of research as well, because there is so much in my intended field that is not known, and I want to constantly keep learning and providing knowledge to others.

  9. I agree with you on a lot of points you brought up. I also had not REALLY learned about research, just knew it existed. I was most surprised by the many different forms of research and research methods. I also thought it was much easier to get funding for the research and actually perform the research. I’m also very thankful for a research ethics board, but I do wonder how often very important studies are put to a halt because the board could view them as unethical?

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