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Natalie Butler

Natalie Butler
Major: 
Plan II & Communication Studies

Natalie’s undergraduate research topic was The Effects of High School Experience on the Civic and Political Participation of College Students.

“I think the skills I’ve acquired doing research will be beneficial for the rest of my undergraduate education, and beyond college.”

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Sharon Jarvis, Communication Studies

Briefly describe your research project.

The goal of my research project is to gain more understanding about how high school courses can best teach young people how to be efficacious and participatory citizens, and to make recommendations about civic education curriculum reform.

What surprised you during the research process?

I was surprised to find how many resources there are available for students doing research, and how supportive all my other professors and TAs have been. Everyone has been willing to give me advice and help along the way, no matter how different my research might be from theirs.

How has participating in research affected your undergraduate experience?

Doing research has added a new and satisfying aspect to my undergraduate experience. I don’t know if I would ever have had the opportunity to do independent research, because I plan on going to Law School eventually rather than Graduate School. I think the skills I’ve acquired doing research will be beneficial for the rest of my undergraduate education, and beyond college.

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

I would suggest that they talk to their professors about research. Most faculty members are involved in some kind of research, and can help undergraduates to get involved in a variety of projects.