Research experience allow you to apply the knowledge you've learned in a typical STEM class. It helps you learn to problem solve, communicate, and work collaboratively while also helping you to explore and clarify academic and professional goals. Research provides practical skills for future employment and graduate school.
For students pursuing medicine or health care:
The Association of American Medical Colleges says that it depends on the school, but it's important to understand the research you've done and to articulate it in various settings including talks, poster presentation, and interviews.
Indiana University says, "...research can help in the development of critical reasoning skills."
For engineering students:
Engineering employers seek job candidates who have experience working collaboratively on projects.
This Fall, 2013
Oakton offers a number of research opportunities listed mostly under the "200" course number. Moreover, Oakton's Educational Foundation has generously provided a grant to award students $270 internship pay when they successfully complete the course with a C or better, spend at least 30 hours on the project, and present their findings at an end-of-semester STEM Students Symposium. New to the list of STEM research at Oakton are:
31704 - ENG200 - 001 - Amreek Paintal, firstname.lastname@example.org, - Building a Wind Turbine
31707 - ENG200 - 009 – Anne Lucietto, email@example.com – How did that fail? Failure from an Engineering Perspective - ONLINE
31708 - MAT 200 - 002 – Kamilla Murashkina, firstname.lastname@example.org - Investigation into a Mathematics Puzzle - Students in this project will examine the intricacies of a mathematical puzzle and design an android app to run the puzzle.
32158 - MAT 200 - 003 – Henry Ter-Saakyants, email@example.com - Modeling for Dynamic Process - The mathematics in this project has applications in engineering, business and numerous other fields.
A complete list of STEM research can be found here.
For more information and to register, contact Gloria Liu at firstname.lastname@example.org.