Research at Furman

As the end of the semester slowly comes into sight, my research is coming to a close. In the past, when I thought of research, I envisioned a scientist in a lab coat, which is very far from my interests and talents. If it involves math, it’s usually not my thing. However, Furman is very vocal about the importance of research, and so on a whim, I decided to enroll in Mass Media Research Methods to see what all the hype was about.

Don’t get me wrong, I was initially confused: what would we research and test about media? How could we do anything similar to those stereotypical scientists with media? Well, I found out. Let me explain, I have learned, that Furman is right and research is for all disciplines, not just the hard scientists. This common misconception deters so many students from getting involved in research, and I am so thankful I didn’t miss out on conducting my study.

My group was assigned “Observation & Interview” as our methodology. We were asked to design and conduct a study on Furman’s campus that related to media. We decided to observe student media usage in the classroom, and determine what kind of patterns exist in Furman’s classrooms. We have designed, read literature, observed, and interviewed for nearly three months now, and now all that is left is writing our final report.

I have discovered, much to my surprise, that I enjoy research. I cannot wait to share the final findings from our semester long project. I have learned that research is not just for scientists in lab coats but for anyone with a desire to dive into a topic and learn more.

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