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.