Research Q&A

What are some good first steps into research?

  • Read through the ESS research brochure, which lists professors and their areas of research, and reach out to learn if they are taking undergraduates as research assistants. 
  • If you have a particular area you're interested in studying (e.g., psychology), check out that department's website for research lab opportunities.
  • Talk to a professor who teaches a course you find interesting about research in her/his area.
  • Visit CUSE (Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement), which has research advice and workshops galore.
  • Ask yourself what interests you (e.g., social justice, ed policy, how children learn) and follow that lead to find a department, professor, and research opportunity.

How can students get involved in the community through academic research?

  • Take Professor Andrea Christensen's 3-credit course Help Children Learn (ESS 33627), which incorporates research and community-based learning.
  • Take Professor Nancy Master's 1-credit tutoring course Tutoring in the Community  (ESS 30611).
  • Visit the Center for Social Concerns
    • Academic Engagement folks can help you set up a 1-credit course
    • Make an appointment with Danielle Wood, the assistant director for community-based research. She can talk to you about research, find you a faculty partner, help you get enrolled in a course. 

What are some senior capstone research examples from former ESS students?

  • Establishing World Peace: A Look at Moral Character Education in Montessori Classrooms
  • ND's Men's Lacrosse and the Dickinson Mentorship Program: Attitudes about Service
  • Odor as an Effective Tool for Learning
  • The Role of Gospel Music on Campuses of Higher Education
  • Examining the Role of Digital Badges in Achieving the University's MOOC Strategic Aims
  • Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice