Robyn’s undergraduate research topic is The Academic and Professional After-effects for Students Who Have Gone Through the Judicial Process at the University of Texas.
“Getting involved in a smaller, diverse community within UT has given me a lot of intellectual stimulation outside of the classroom, and this is something that I have come to enjoy and look forward to.”
Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Audrey Sorrells and Heather Cole, Special Education
Briefly describe your research project.
Along with two other students, I am researching what happens to students after they go through the Judicial Process at the University of Texas. We are seeking to discover the academic and professional outcomes of these students, and how they feel the experience has affected them as a whole. Ultimately, our results will be used to better Judicial Services and to help improve graduation rates.
What was the most rewarding part of your research experience?
So far, the most rewarding part of my research experience is knowing that the results will be used to better the University and help students succeed.
How has participating in research affected your undergraduate experience?
Participating in research has helped me become more responsible, open-minded, and thorough in my every-day work. Moreover, getting involved in a smaller, diverse community within UT has given me a lot of intellectual stimulation outside of the classroom, and this is something that I have come to enjoy and look forward to.
What surprised you during the research process?
Throughout this process, I have learned the importance of being incredibly specific in my questioning, purpose, and overall goal of the research. In order to get substantial answers we needed to ask very detailed, specific questions, which was definitely an unexpected challenge.
Do you think getting involved in research will be helpful to you in the future? If so, how?
Absolutely. The skills that I am learning—such as effective communication, meticulous observation, and the ability to work well with others—will be useful in college and for the rest of my life. Research experience, specifically, is something that is valued in all sorts of jobs and situations.
What advice would you give to incoming and current students about getting involved in research?
I suggest [tailoring] the research to your interests and seeking answers to the questions that make you tick. Give it a chance—there is something out there for everyone!
Research Week showcases the exciting work of undergraduates across campus and highlights opportunities for students interested in getting involved. Co-sponsored by the Senate of College Councils and the School of Undergraduate Studies, Research Week takes place April 15-19 this year. Take a look at the online schedule of events to find out more about Research Week events.