Year in school: Senior
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Kilway
Why is undergraduate research important to you?
Undergraduate research provides hands-on learning experiences outside of class. It shows you how different tasks are done in a field. It changes your views on the field that your researching from a theoretical view to a more hands-on experience. I think undergraduate research helps you develop a different set of skills. It challenges the student to think critically about the subject that is being researched. For the student to understand different areas of the subject that they are studying it requires the student to read many scholarly articles. These are all important skills that undergraduate research helps a person develop.
How did you find your mentor?
I met my mentor through one of my classes. I took Organic Chemistry I and II with Dr.KIlway and I was very interested in the subject. I met with her a few times after class to talk about undergraduate research. We talked about what she researches and I was very interested in the subject.
What advice would you have for someone who wants to get started in undergraduate research?
I would recommend them to reach out to professors whose classes interests them. Meet with them outside of class and ask them about their research subject. Try to find the research subject that interests them the most. Visit the online UMKC undergraduate research website for any opportunities for scholarships. All these will guide you to find an undergraduate research group that interests you the most.