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Student Research Examples

The range of Student Research Experiences possible is vast.

Students will be exposed to research through course embedded experiences and may go on to work independently with faculty or graduate students to identify an Advance SRE of distinction that fits their major and interest.

Student Research Experiences by College

College of the Arts

Traditional Music: You will be able to further your skills through participant-observation based research that can be used to help you produce musical performances of your own.

Architectural Studies: You will get to to apply your own creative and technical skills to create solutions to a national or international call for design competition proposals. You will be able to enter the competition and exhibit your own solutions through original design drawing and models in the School of Architecture and Design senior exhibit.

College of Business Administration

Marketing: You will be able to study the marketing strategy of a local company and apply current research theory to provide recommendations to the company to improve their strategy. You will be given the opportunity to present these findings to the company as well as during Research Week.

College of Education

Kinesiology: You will be able to conduct research on the optimal amount of time for rest periods for NFL teams, and will be given the opportunity to present the results of your study through a poster presentation at the Applied Sports Management Association Conference.

College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering: You will get to work in a faculty member’s lab studying the use of virtual reality to help convey complex technical topics in the field of solar energy. Your active participation will have the possibility of involving you in numerous outreach activities as well as being listed as a co-author on publications.

Chemical Engineering: You will be able to work in a faculty member’s lab investigating methods of wastewater treatment for a future Mars colony. Your active participation can result in you being listed as a co-author on publications.

College of Liberal Arts

Creative Writing: You will get to write poetry collections about the Atchafalaya Basin. You will be given the opportunity to read these poems at a public reading.

Modern Languages: You will be able to record and transcribe people speaking Louisiana dialects of French for research. You will then compile this research into a digital scrapbook with audio components, and be able to publish the scrapbook in UL Lafayette’s Digital Repository.

College of Nursing & Allied Health Professions

Health Services Administration: You will get to conduct a literature review to identify current standards of care. You will be given the opportunity to present these results of the study with a poster presentation during Research Week.

College of Sciences

Examples / Testomony from students that have completed SREs or Internships 

Biology Example: 

Jeanne Smith completed an internship in Key Biscayne, FL. The organization she worked with was a field school. This type of school hosts courses that train students for pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees involving fieldwork. These are Jeanne's words, "The internship I selected involved Shark Research. It was everything you think, and more. I was able to learn about shark research and actually tag each shark we caught. We learned how to do biopsy’s, measure, and fin clip the sharks. The sharks we caught were Black tips, Black fins and Nurse sharks. We did catch one hammerhead. After all the procedures occurred, we released the sharks, only keeping an animal on the boat for 5-10 minutes. We did our fishing in Atlantic waters. We also got an opportunity to snorkel. COVID 19 did have an impact, there were only 5 interns including me that were accepted. Usually there would be closer to 10 interns accepted.

During this experience, I got an opportunity to talk to the people who were in charge about what I wanted to do with my biology major as a career. I have always been a good writer and speaker, as well as having a love for all things biology, specifically conservation. My new colleagues steered me in the direction of possibly looking into science communication. In a nutshell, this is a field that relays information from scientists to the public. Helping to increase the public's awareness and get them more involved in science. These writers inform people about issues like habitat loss or water pollution. Sometimes these people write grants or policies for other people’s work/research. They can also plan outreach programs. I would recommend internships or student research experiences to anyone with a biology degree, even if they don’t want to study sharks. I had been lost for a while figuring out what goals I wanted to pursue with my degree and this experience made it so much clearer, I am glad I decided to go.”  See Jeanne's short presentation.

Examples Possible SREs at UL Lafayette 

Biology: You can work in a faculty member’s lab to further study the topics that lab focuses on. Your active participation can result in you being listed as a co-author on publications

Informatics: You be get to analyze the website needs of an organization and design a website with this in mind, and the organization will publish the website. You will be able to write a report that explains your design decisions