Honors Seminar Research Essay
In my Honors First Year Seminar Course, we discussed the importance of research and the impact it has on both the participators and the academic world. We were required to read several articles that put research into a new perspective for me, specifically learning that I am part of the Innovation Generation. Constantly surrounded by information and technology, I want to be a positive contributor of knowledge to the scholarly community. Through discussions with my classmates and instructor, I realized research will be fun and fascinating if I choose a topic that I am truly intrigued in. Nonetheless, it will be a life-changing experience that will teach me many valuable lessons. I used to be intimidated by this eight letter word, but now I can proudly say that I am excited to complete my own original research. This essay discusses my knowledge of the research competency and how I plan to achieve it during my time at MSU.
English 101 Argumentative Research Paper
In my composition course, we were required to write a 5-7 page paper on two different topics and demonstrate how they are related through extensive research and critical thinking. After going through an analytical brain storming activity led by the instructor, I decided to learn and write about modeling careers and body image. Five trustworthy sources were required for this paper, with at least four being scholarly. Using the college library online search engine, I eventually found reliable, informative sources that were relevant to my topic. To keep all my information organized, I took systematic notes on notecards and cited all my sources immediately. Once all the needed information was gathered, I began composing the paper. Although it was a difficult assignment and took several drafts for me to feel confident, I realized that research can be fun if one is deeply motivated, systematic, and truly intrigued in the topic. The attached link above is my final draft for this essay.
Biology 105 Lab Reports
Biology 105 is a pre-physical therapy requisite required for my intended field of study. In this class, we had to compose two lab reports. The first was over the process of osmosis and diffusion, and the second covered the topic of genetically modified organisms. These reports demanded lots of time, specificity in writing, and thorough knowledge about the lab that was performed. Both reports contain the following sections: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and references. Outside research was necessary to clarify any confusion about the themes of the lab along with a scholarly source related to the specific topic being tested. Performing an experiment and writing a lab report was a new experience for me. Even though it took a lot of intense work, I am proud to say that I feel more confident in my research and lab skills.
Biology 106 Case Study
Along with biology 105, biology 106 is also a pre-physical therapy requisite required for my intended field of study. In this class, we had to create our own case study with a partner and carry out the proper experimental procedures following the scientific method. My partner and I decided to investigate the perceived energy level of individuals exercising at the Otto Recreation Center at two different times, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hypothesized that individuals who exercise in the evening would have a higher perceived energy level than those who exercise in the morning due to higher energy availability due to more food consumed throughout the day. After establishing our variables and carrying out our methods, we analyzed our results through completing statistical calculations, such as mean, standard deviation, and confidence intervals, and creating a table and graph of this data. Our results were then followed by a thorough discussion of what we discovered along with citations of reliable resources found on MavScholar. The entire study can be found in the link above. By completing this study and writing the report, I learned the importance of thinking creatively and intellectually when designing your own research and being honest with your results even if they do not support your hypothesis. Although this experience was stressful at times, it was also fun and enjoyable to create an experiment that I was interested in. I am excited to continue to practice my research skills in future classes and eventually my own research within my exercise science major.
Critical Incident Journal
Over the course of my Honors Seminar Class, I was required to write a journal entry for five different events held on campus. Each pertained to a different topic: meeting with my advisor, attending a Common Read event, and participating in a leadership, research, and global citizenship event. Attached above is my journal for my research event in which I reflected on my composition 101 research paper. Although this was not an actual event, it was a wonderful experience to write a paper and practice my information literacy and synthesis skills. By completing this paper, I feel more confident with my research skills and prepared to produce my own original research.