Discovering the World of Research: Your Undergraduate Journey, Pathfinders! | ACTC

Discovering the World of Research: Your Undergraduate Journey, Pathfinders!

by Brock Chandler - September 18, 2023

Hello Pathfinders! 
There's a world brimming with untapped potential and undiscovered knowledge, and it’s waiting just for you! I'm talking about the exciting realm of undergraduate research. 🌟 Engaging in research during your undergrad years isn't just about wearing a white coat in a lab (though that's super chic!). It's about exploring your passions, digging deep into knowledge, and paving the way for groundbreaking discoveries. 
1. Why Dive into Research? 
First and foremost, ask yourself why. Whether it's a thirst for knowledge, a drive to make a change, or simply the desire to bolster your resume, having clarity will fuel your journey. 
2. Explore Your Interests 
Research isn't confined to just one discipline. Whether you're into sciences, humanities, arts, or tech, there's a niche waiting for you. Spend some time introspecting and figuring out what truly sparks your curiosity. 
3. Connect with Our Professors... and our Library! 
Your professors at ACTC are reservoirs of knowledge and experience. Schedule a meeting, discuss your interests, and seek guidance. Their insights might just open doors you never knew  
existed! Especially with our ACTC Library staff. They’re always readily equipped to assist with just about any request to make sure you score the highest grade possible! 
4. Seek Out Opportunities 
From research assistantships to independent projects, there’s a spectrum of opportunities. Check ACTC's research portals, departmental bulletin boards, or even academic conferences to stay in the loop. 
5. Collaborate and Network 
Research is often a collaborative effort. Attend workshops, seminars, and join student research groups. Bouncing ideas off peers and networking can lead to unexpected and thrilling projects. 
6. Embrace the Process 
Research can be exhilarating, but it can also be challenging. There'll be moments of triumph and moments of doubt. Embrace it all. Every hurdle surmounted is a step closer to discovery. 
7. Present Your Findings 
Once you've delved deep and come up with findings, share them! Whether it's at ACTC's annual research showcase, a national conference, or even a community gathering, let the world see your dedication and hard work. 
8. The Bigger Picture 
Always remember, research is more than just an academic pursuit. It’s about contributing to the broader spectrum of knowledge, making a difference, and leaving a lasting impact. 
Pathfinders, embarking on a research journey is like charting unknown territories. It's about passion, persistence, and the joy of discovery. As you set forth on this path at Ashland Community and Technical College, remember to be guided by curiosity and backed by determination. Because in the world of research, every question answered often leads to ten more questions, and that's the beauty of it. 

Stay curious and keep exploring, Pathfinders! 🌍