Involving students in primary research enhances education – increasing student interest, retention, grades, and graduation rates. Likewise, students can provide invaluable assistance to cutting edge research.
The Inter-Mountain Social Research Lab (IMSRL) of the Department of Sociology addresses pressing issues in the discipline and the Boise community through bringing research and teaching together. In a yearlong intensive research training program, faculty guide a small group of undergraduate students through developing and executing all aspects of an original research project, from inception to dissemination.
Spring semester incorporates the project into an upper division class, with the research students mentoring their peers through different aspects of the project. Students and faculty present their findings at a regional conference, at Boise State, at community venues, and through peer-reviewed articles.
The second cohort of IMSRL students presented five papers at the Pacific Sociological Association’s annual conference March 21-24, 2013 in lovely Sparks, NV. Three members of the sociology club traveled with them to Sparks and cheered them on. They repeated their presentations at the Boise State undergraduate conference that you can see below. This could be you!!
Watch the video presentations here:
Photo: 2013 IMSRL Students at the Pacific Sociological Association conference presenting papers. Left to right: Arthur Scarritt, Boomer Grahn, Vanessa Cornwall, Michael Kreiter, Jacob Church, and Briana Cornwall.