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LUROP Student Survey

 

LUROP Fellowship Student Survey Results

Students who conduct mentored research through a LUROP Fellowship, known as LUROP Fellows, are surveyed after their research experience in order to assess LUROP's impact. Here are some key results of those surveys. After each set of highlighted results, you can find links to the full reports for each survey, which include much more detailed information.

 

Academic Year 2013-14

(63 out of 104 fellows responded, 60%)

How much did you gain in the following areas as a result of your recent research?

A)     Ability to articulate a research question or problem and hypothesis
B)     Learning appropriate research methodologies and when to use them
C)     Ability to deal constructively with research setbacks through problem solving
D)     Learning key terminology, concepts, and theory, and knowing how to use them
E)      Ability to find existing body of research relevant to your topic
F)     Knowledge of relevant published research, ability to compare your project to that research
G)     Ability to work collaboratively with other researchers
H)     Confidence and ability to communicate with graduate students and faculty
I)      Ability to work autonomously
J)      Understanding the relevance of your research to my coursework, professional future
K)      Ability to explain your research to others in the field
L)      Ability to explain your research to general audience
M)    Knowledge of research ethics/responsible conduct of research
N)     Knowledge about what you could expect as a graduate student
O)    Experience that will help you in deciding whether to go to grad school or the work force

 

To what extent did your research fellowship help you learn or develop in the following areas?

A)    Personal growth
B)    Ability to work with others
C)    Leadership skills
D)    Communication Skills
E)     Applying knowledge to the real world
F)     Problem analysis and critical thinking
G)    Social self-confidence
H)    Ability to assume personal responsibility
I)     Gaining the trust of others
J)     Workplace skills
K)    Ability to make a difference in the world
L)    Skills in Learning from experience
M)   Organization skills
N)    Connecting theory with practice

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How well do you feel this research experience equipped you with the skills needed to be successful in your graduate school and/or professional career?

 

Comments

Academic Year 2013-2014 LUROP fellows were asked to comment on the quality of their research experience. Here are some of their responses.

  • “I gained a vast amount of knowledge regarding the research process. I was involved in all steps of the process, and thus have an infinitely better understanding of what it means to do research. This is very important for my future goal of going to graduate school.”
  • “Research has given me a great insight into the scientific process. It has allowed me to be engaged in hands-on, cutting edge projects that can have a real impact in the world someday.”
  • “I was able to learn how the scientific community actually worked. Going to conferences, learning about grant proposals, and DOING the research helped give me an incredible experience many are not fortunate to have. This has been a wonderful academic year for me at Loyola.”
  • “The mentoring I received really contributed to my personal sense of self and allowed me to become a more confident person. Although I do not plan on doing research in the future, the opportunity opened up my eyes to the world of research and allowed me to develop skills.”
  • “The experience I gained from this research links directly to my career choice of teaching. I can carry on a lot of what I learned through this research and apply it to my future job. This research has helped develop my speaking and communicating skills, which are important in my daily life as well as for my future occupation.”
  • “My research experience helped me to be able to take all that I have learned through books and class and be able to actually practice it in a real world setting. I felt like I learned much more through actively researching than by passively being taught what it is like to work in my field.”
  • “I have learned a lot about my research topic and think that I have grown a lot as a person. Research seemed so inaccessible to me before I began working in a lab-as if only absolutely brilliant people worked in labs and I couldn’t do it. I’ve learned that research is certainly not an easy thing to do, but it isn’t impossible like I seemed to think it was before. This has given me more confidence and has encouraged me to apply to grad school in the fall.”
  • “I feel that not only has my knowledge of research increased, I have learned a number of skills that have helped me in a number of fields. The critical thinking skills, presentation skills, communication and more have proven to be extraordinarily helpful throughout my studies at Loyola.”
  • “My experience doing research at Loyola has been a highpoint in my undergraduate career.”

Click the link for the Full Survey Report, Academic Year 2013-14 LUROP Fellows

 

Summer 2013

(54 out of 69 fellows responded, 78%)

How much did you gain in the following areas as a result of your recent research?

A)     Ability to articulate a research question or problem and hypothesis
B)     Learning appropriate research methodologies and when to use them
C)     Ability to deal constructively with research setbacks through problem solving
D)     Learning key terminology, concepts, and theory, and knowing how to use them
E)      Ability to find existing body of research relevant to your topic
F)     Knowledge of relevant published research, ability to compare your project to that research
G)     Ability to work collaboratively with other researchers
H)     Confidence and ability to communicate with graduate students and faculty
I)      Ability to work autonomously
J)      Understanding the relevance of your research to my coursework, professional future
K)      Ability to explain your research to others in the field
L)      Ability to explain your research to general audience
M)    Knowledge of research ethics/responsible conduct of research
N)     Knowledge about what you could expect as a graduate student
O)    Experience that will help you in deciding whether to go to grad school or the work force

To what extent did your research fellowship help you learn or develop in the following areas?

A)    Personal growth
B)    Ability to work with others
C)    Leadership skills
D)    Communication Skills
E)     Applying knowledge to the real world
F)     Problem analysis and critical thinking
G)    Social self-confidence
H)    Ability to assume personal responsibility
I)     Gaining the trust of others
J)     Workplace skills
K)    Ability to make a difference in the world
L)    Skills in Learning from experience
M)   Organization skills
N)    Connecting theory with practice

 

How well do you feel this research experience equipped you with the skills needed to be successful in your graduate school and/or professional career?

Comments

Summer 2013 LUROP fellows were asked to comment on the quality of their research experience. Here are some of their responses.

  • “I believe that throughout my research experience here at Loyola I have gained a profound knowledge in my specific area of study both in the practical and applicable terms.”
  • “Rather than just learning theories in class, research allows me to reach a deeper understanding of how this knowledge can be applicable to the real world. While researching, I realize that we as a society owe a lot to the hard work of researchers.”
  • “Being part of the WISER program allowed me to put my foot into the door and be confident to explore all my options to graduate school and a future career. I met some amazing people that I still work with in our lab, they’ve become friends and role models.”
  • “The Provost Fellowship gave me a more formal opportunity to explore my research—I am able to formally present my work and participate in LUROP sponsored workshops that furthered my ability to comb through research databases.”
  • “The Research Mentoring Program has really helped me by exposing me to an aspect of science that I am not used to seeing during class.”
  • “I feel that this research experience has benefited me in a myriad of ways. I have learned how to frame research hypotheses and how to develop experimental tasks in order to test my hypotheses.”
  • “I gained vary valuable experience and met some wonderful people through my LUROP fellowship. I learned to be more patient in research and gained skill in problem solving.”
  • “Overall, my LUROP fellowship enabled me to expand my existing knowledge of my field of study and gain skills and experiences that will prove essential for both admission to and successful performance during graduate school.”
  • I think this research experience has given me a glimpse of insight into what the future hold for graduate school and life as a researcher.”
  • I learned a lot in terms of personal responsibility and overcoming setbacks, as well as really increasing my knowledge of my subject of study. I think this was a very beneficial experience that helped me improve in a number of ways.”

 Click the link for the Full Survey Report, Summer 2013 LUROP Fellows

Academic Year 2012-2013

(47 out of 91 fellows responded, 52%)

How much did you gain in the following areas as a result of your recent research?

A)    Learning research methodologies
B)    Understanding theory and concepts in your field
C)    Research ethics/ Responsible conduct of research
D)    Knowledge of current and important scholarship
E)    Understanding the relevance of my research to my coursework’
F)    Explaining my research to others in the field
G)    Explaining my research to a general audience
H)    Leadership skills
I)     Ability to work collaboratively
J)     Ability to work autonomously

To what extent did your research fellowship help you learn or develop in the following areas?

A)    Personal growth
B)    Ability to work with others
C)    Leadership skills
D)    Communication skills
E)    Applying knowledge to the “Real World”
F)    Problem analysis and critical thinking
G)    Social self-confidence
H)    Ability to assume personal responsibility
I)     Gaining the trust of others
J)     Workplace skills
K)    Skills in learning from experience
L)     Organization skills
M)    Connecting theory with practice

Comments

Academic Year 2012-2013 LUROP fellows were asked to comment on the quality of their research experience. Here are some of their responses.

  • “My LUROP fellowship was a very valuable learning experience generally, learning about the actual process of doing research and the obstacles you have to work around along the way. I also learned a lot about myself and the lab I work in.”
  • “The biggest benefit has been gaining an understanding of what being in a research environment is really like. I feel like I have gotten a small taste of what to expect if I go to graduate school.”
  • “This was a great opportunity for me to gain leadership and communication skills, in which I have noticed a great improvement for myself.”
  • “I have gained critical thinking, problem solving, and organizational skills. I have learned to work collaboratively and to communicate with many people to reach an end goal in addition to better clarifying what my career goals are.”
  • “The biggest benefit for me was learning real world applications of the theories and concepts I learned in class. I have gained the ability to look at a specific case study, which is a skill that I will be able to take with me to graduate school.”
  • “The biggest benefit to me by participating in this research fellowship was how to run my own project from creating an experimental design to analyzing data.”
  • “I have gained an understanding of how different cultures form and interact with each other and how to explain this phenomenon to others, especially with regards to a field with which I had very little prior experience.”
  • “I learned how to create and develop my own materials. I also had the opportunity to present my research which I have never been able to do before.”
  • “I have gained the experience of contributing to a publication. This has allowed me to be part of a collaboration with experts and also learn about the procedure of publishing a work.”
  • “Overall, I found my experience participating in research to be very rewarding. I was able to apply learning from one of my fields of interest to a project that had practical application.”

Click the link for the Full Survey Report, Academic Year 2012-13 LUROP Fellows

Summer 2012

(57 out of 74 fellows responded, 77%)

How much did you gain in the following areas as a result of your recent research?

A)    Learning research methodologies
B)    Understanding theory and concepts in your field
C)    Research ethics/ Responsible conduct of research
D)    Knowledge of current and important scholarship
E)    Understanding the relevance of my research to my coursework’
F)    Explaining my research to others in the field
G)    Explaining my research to a general audience
H)    Leadership skills
I)     Ability to work collaboratively
J)     Ability to work autonomously

To what extent did your research fellowship help you learn or develop in the following areas?

A)    Personal growth
B)    Ability to work with others
C)    Leadership skills
D)    Communication skills
E)    Applying knowledge to the “Real World”
F)    Problem analysis and critical thinking
G)    Social self-confidence
H)    Ability to assume personal responsibility
I)     Gaining the trust of others
J)     Workplace skills
K)    Skills in learning from experience
L)     Organization skills
M)    Connecting theory with practice

Comments

Summer 2012 LUROP fellows were asked to comment on the quality of their research experience. Here are some of their responses.

  • “I was able to apply the theoretical practices I have learned through my various courses here at Loyola and put them to use. I was also able to gain a deeper understanding in my field of interest”
  • “I studied my topic to a depth which I have never done before. I am comfortable saying that I am very well informed about my topic. I learned what will be required of me when I enter graduate school”
  • “My LUROP fellowship has given me an opportunity to refine my skills and learn so much more than I would inside the classroom setting”
  • “Through my LUROP fellowship I gained valuable independent research experience and learned how to take control of my own project. I learned trouble-shooting and self-motivating skills that pushed me to a significant amount of work done without direct supervision”
  • “My LUROP fellowship was an amazing experience from which I have learnt a lot in the field I have a passion for. I have made an incredible project that I could have never accomplished without this fellowship. I am aware of my luck for having been given this opportunity”
  • The biggest benefit would have to be the fact that I was able to shape my research around my interests therefore allowing me to understand what I want to pursue in my career.
  • “I have been exposed to the type of work that is done in graduate school. I realized my weaknesses and strengths when it comes to research skills.”
  • “The biggest benefit would have to be learning and gaining knowledge and experience, such as developing skill sets in research methodologies.”
  • “The biggest benefit would have to be the fact that I was able to shape my research around my interests therefore allowing me to understand what I want to pursue in my career.”
  • “I have created a closer relationship with my research mentor as well as gained a wider variety of skills within the field I intend to pursue in graduate school and beyond.”

 Click the link for the Full Survey Report, Summer 2012 LUROP Fellows