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Research Match Making Session

The School of Sciences and Mathematics (SSM) at the College of Charleston encourages all majors to engage in an undergraduate research project during their time at the College.  Undergraduate research provides the aspiring scientist or mathematician an opportunity to experience the entire process of discerning new knowledge – from framing a hypothesis to determining how to test it, to what data to gather and how to analyze it, and finally, to reaching a supportable conclusion.  The research project allows the student to learn some of the methodology, equipment, software, analytical techniques, and presentation skills involved in discovery and dissemination of research results.  It also challenges the student’s self-motivation, independence, and critical thinking.  It is not surprising that these projects often become career-setting or career-affirming. 

Each year, SSM holds a research match-making session focusing on undergraduates potentially interested in conducting research.  The motivation for the event comes from the fact that many of our SSM majors find the most daunting step in pursuing an independent research project to be the first one – approaching a faculty member to inquire about research possibilities.  C of C faculty, and those from neighboring institutions and agencies (such as MUSC, SCDNR, and NOAA), who are interested in recruiting and mentoring students in research projects declare their interest and make themselves available in their offices/labs/atrium of SSMB.  Prior to the event, we compile and circulate a list of faculty who may have upcoming research mentoring opportunities, their respective research interests, and their potential student needs to prospective mentees. Hundrededs of students have been placed in labs as a result of this event.

The 6th Annual Research Match Making Session will take place on

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m, SSMB Atrium.

Students can drop in at any time to explore research assistant opportunities.

A list of participating labs will be posted closer to the event.

 No registration necessary, stop in any time to chat with faculty.

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