Other Ways of Applying Your Research
When you are thinking about how to apply your research, there are two perspectives you can take:
1. How can the outcomes and findings of your research be useful for the general public, a non-profit organization, the government, a private organization, or your community?
Can your findings be useful regarding public policy? Can they help to create a more fuller picture of an issue (e.g., healthcare, environmental).
Can the results of your research improve the efficiency of effectiveness of an industrial or commercial process?
This perspective requires that you begin to shift from viewing your research as a means of discovery to thinking about how your research can create change and value. What social good can come of your research? What entrepreneurial ideas can come from your research?
2. Conducting research as an undergraduate student develops knowledge and skills that employers find increasingly valuable. Often, students overlook this aspect of the research experience; however, it is important for you to take the time to translate your experience into tangible items such as personal gains in skills and abilities that you can put on your resume.
Once you have a complete list of the skills and abilities you have gained, spend some time writing a complete description of how you gained them, citing examples wherever possible. Doing so will help you in being able to speak with potential employers and/or graduate schools about your qualifications. Essentially, when we are talking about applying your research, we are not only talking about applying the results of your project, but also applying the new knowledge, skills, and abilities that you possess.
UROP recommends that you actively speak with your peers, faculty mentor, adviser, or even the UROP staff, about applying your research. These conversations can often result in opportunities that you would never have even thought of. Get creative and be open to exploring many options.
UO Centers and Offices
Below is a list of offices and centers at the UO that may provide outlets for you to apply your research. Beneath each listing is a description of how your research and creative scholarship project may be applied through that particular office.
National & International Distinguished Scholarships – http://distinguishedscholars.uoregon.edu/
Winning a prestigious, intensely competitive award such as a Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright, Goldwater, or Churchill scholarship opens many doors. The application process itself is a wonderful opportunity to challenge yourself, to work closely with key faculty, to focus your scholarship, and to learn a lot about yourself. The office for National & International Distinguished Scholarships provides guidance and advice on applying for distinguished scholarships, meeting important deadlines, and locating where to go for help.
UO Career Center – https://career.uoregon.edu/
Do you want to know how to best describe your research experience on your resume and where to even include? Perhaps you are interested in exploring a career related to the research you performed? Or maybe you want to learn more about research based careers? The UO Career Center offers a variety of programs and services for students that can help you answer these questions and more.
Holden Leadership Center – http://leadership.uoregon.edu/
Do you think the results of your research project can have positive impact on your community? Do you believe that you can use your research findings to help shape and inform policy and create change? Are you eager to apply your newly developed skills and knowledge to real world challenges? The Holden Leadership Center can help you take your research findings and combine it with your energy and your passion, to enact real change.
UO Study Abroad – http://international.uoregon.edu/studyabroad
You may be able to conduct undergraduate research and creative scholarship all around the world. There are many programs available through UO Study Abroad that includes an undergraduate research and creative scholarship experience. If this is something you are interested in, you should speak with a Study Abroad Advisor. Also, many UO faculty direct study abroad programs called Faculty-Led Programs. Some of these programs include a research experience. Faculty-Led Programs are a great way to study away from the United States in the company of UO faculty and students.
UO National Student Exchange – http://advising.uoregon.edu/AA_Pages/AA_InteresedInNSE.html
You may be able conduct undergraduate research and creative scholarship at different institutions in the United States through National Student Exchange. The National Student Exchange is a unique, not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 accredited, baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you are interested in studying away through NSE and want to include research as part of your experience you should speak with the NSE coordinator.