Alumni Spotlight | October 2014
KU major: Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013
Current occupation: Fulbright Scholar/Researcher
Research mentor while at KU: Lorin Maletsky
Describe the undergraduate research experience that you had while at KU: I conducted research on knee joint kinematics in the Experimental Joint Biomechanics Research Lab.
Q: What do you think was the most important thing you learned while doing undergraduate research?
A: Conducting undergraduate research helped me identify if graduate school and continuing other avenues of research was the right path for me.
Q: What advice do you have for undergraduates who might be interested in doing research?
A: Research provides an excellent avenue of application of what you learn in the classroom to something tangible and hands on. Undergraduate research can open many doors and provides experience applicable to attaining internships, graduate school offers, and research fellowships/scholarships.
Q: Do you use any of the skills or perspectives gained doing research in your current occupation? How so?
A: My undergraduate research experience was vital to my successful application for a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research abroad for one year. Learning how to organize and execute a research project was the most important take away of my undergraduate research, and this experience led to the more effective implementation of my current graduate research endeavors.
Q: Many undergraduate researchers are making decisions about what to do after they graduate from KU. Having been in those shoes, what do you know now that you wish you’d known then? Do you have any advice?
A: Explore all your options and seek advice from a diverse group of peers and mentors.