Year in school: Sophomore
Major/Department: Health Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joey Lightner
Why is undergraduate research important to you?
When I first came to UMKC, I thought of research as intimidating and something for the graduate students to handle. But, after my Public Health EUReka class taught me how research is done and how many different things you can do with it, I began to think about going further into the research and everything it entailed. Presenting a data analysis and conclusion that we had run in our own classroom was something I’d never done before. I no longer saw it as something I couldn’t do and recognized that anyone can journey into the world of research.
How did you find your mentor?
My faculty mentor was actually my EUReka class professor and after seeing my enthusiasm to move forward, we began working together. So in a way, this introduction into research through an entry-level class changed my life and got me into a field I may have never found myself in otherwise.
What advice would you have for someone who wants to get started in undergraduate research?
My advice to anyone at UMKC is to find a way to experiment with research. For example, through a class, shadowing a professor in a lab, or interviewing a friend. Find a way to get a taste of research and then you’ll know if it is right for you. If you have any questions, feel free to email me and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Roo up!