Undergraduate research at Franklin College promotes deep learning by inviting students to be active participants in the process of discovery.
These mentored, self-directed projects involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, application, writing, and performance. Students often present their work on a local, regional, and national level through conferences and publications.
Completed Student Projects
- Student undergraduate research archives
- Projects in the natural sciences
- Projects in the social sciences
- Students regularly present at state, regional, and national conferences:
- Natural Areas Association National Conference
- Experimental Biology National Conference
- National Undergraduate Research Conference
- Chi Beta Phi National Conference
- Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
- Indiana Academy of Science
- Butler Undergraduate Research Conference
- Midwestern Psychological Association
- Mid-American Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference
- Mathematical Association of America Indiana Conference
- Indiana Chapter of The Wildlife Society
- Southern Indiana Conservation Conference
What Students Say
“I am currently working on a research project with Dr. Edward Chikwana and another student titled: Comparative Studies of the Efficacy of Endogenous Organosulfur Antioxidants. We are focusing on investigating the rates at which these antioxidants react in the biochemical pathways in the body. Through my research I have gained an ample amount of lab experience, as well as experience presenting scientific data, a skill which will be invaluable in graduate school. Participating in undergraduate research has given me the opportunity to explore and find my own answers to questions.
Students wanting to get involved should not be afraid to ask about opportunities. As a new student at FC, I was timid, and the idea of asking a professor for an opportunity to do research seemed daunting, although it proved to be worthwhile. Many of the professors have projects that students may not be aware of and the only way to find out about them is to inquire. For those students just beginning their research, I would advise them to keep an open mind and stay consistent. Projects may seem less than glamorous at times and occasionally the lab work can seem tedious, but when you finally obtain data and see a question being answered or an answer being explained by your work, it’s all worthwhile.
This project has taught me a lot about my work ethic as well as emphasized the importance of research in the world today. Although this project may be small and the reach of its implications limited, it has allowed me to better understand how such a project could have potential effects on various industries.” – Kenzie Glassburn ’17
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