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George Kimson III

George Kimson III
Major: 
Arabic Language and Literature; International Relations and Global Studies

George’s undergraduate research topic is Ideologies of the Arabic Language.

“Getting involved in research teaches you to be a self-motivated learner/worker, which is something that I am sure will benefit me in the future.”

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Kristen Brustad, Middle Eastern Studies

Briefly describe your research project.

While I was taking UGS 320 [Undergraduate Research Experience], Dr. Brustad helped me to explore my own interests regarding Arabic and language ideologies. I read different histories of the Arabic language, different linguistic theories, and considered different opinions about what the Arabic language is and what its role is in society.

How has participating in research affected your undergraduate experience?

Participating in research has given me a more well-rounded undergraduate experience. The experience has also encouraged me to write an honors thesis. Even though I will write it in History, my Arabic research experience has already proven to be valuable.

Do you think getting involved in research will be helpful to you in the future? If so, how?

My undergraduate research experience has piqued my interest in grad school and has made me a more independent undergraduate student. Getting involved in research teaches you to be a self-motivated learner/worker, which is something that I am sure will benefit me in the future.

What advice would you give to incoming and current students about getting involved in research?

Do everything you can to find opportunities to get involved in research and to make connections with the faculty. Even if it is not exactly what you are interested in, the skills you gain will be beneficial.

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.