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Joe Ramos

Joe Ramos
Business and Neuroscience

Joe’s undergraduate research topic is The L.E.A.P. Program’s Effect on Mentors.

“Because I have engaged in research, I feel as though there are now many career options that I could be equally happy pursuing.”

Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Audrey Sorrells and Heather Cole, Special Education

Briefly describe your research project.

This research project aims to collect both survey data and qualitative data (in the form of personal statements and interview questions) to identify effects the L.E.A.P. Program [Leadership Education And Progress] has on mentors. The effects may range from increased involvement and better grades to changes in career choices.

What was the most rewarding part of your research experience?

The most rewarding part of this particular research project is the methodologies and skills I learned. The skills that I have developed through this higher education research are foundational and will serve to better myself in the future.

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

The research I have done here on the 40 Acres has been so helpful and so impactful that I am currently reconsidering career options. I always have been determined to become a medical doctor, though there is a lot that a medical doctor can do besides patient interaction. There is an entire field of research out there that I never knew existed. Because I have engaged in research, I feel as though there are now many career options that I could be equally happy pursuing.

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

Take initiative. Identify as early as you can what your interests are, even remote interests, and then begin to look for researchers. The EUREKA database is a good tool to locate faculty and their interests. Be persistent in your attempts to join them. The small amount of courage it takes to just ask can make a world of difference and catalyze something really amazing.

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. To celebrate undergraduate research and creative activity, we’re highlighting five profiles of student researchers.