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The Research Cycle


Watch this video to get a big picture view of what the research process looks like. 



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    Instructor Ideas
    • Have students watch the video to get a big picture view of what research is like, then discuss your own research to give a concrete example of the scholarly conversations, methods, and ways of analyzing data that are common in your field.
    • Use the Research Cycle video to help students read a journal article or academic book.  Ask them to identify the central question, the themes in the scholarly conversation, the methods used, and how the evidence was analyzed to make connections between the reading and the Research Cycle video.

Research Cycle Interviews

Check out these videos of faculty talking about their research to see some concrete examples of what the Research Cycle looks like in practice.  Interested in doing your own interview?  Print off our Interview Guide (pdf)

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More than 1,200 students have received Undergraduate Research Awards since 1986
KU's first valedictorian, Flora Richardson, conducted research as an undergraduate before graduating in 1873
Use research to apply what you learned in the classroom to a real problem
Students who perform research develop strong relationships with KU faculty
Research is a hands-on way to explore career options
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