WHY PARTICIPATE IN STUDENT RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY? (NKU ISRCA)
build your resume
gain real-world experience
publish your scholarship
pursue original research and creative ideas
get recognition for your work
participate in the Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity on campus
become a stronger candidate for graduate school
collaborate closely and build professional relationships with faculty
present your research at professional conferences
meet experts in your field
acquire valuable job skills
How to get started with undergraduate research With Me!
Learn how to use Stata
2. Select a research topic
There are several ways to choose a topic. The most important part of selecting a topic is to make sure that you are interested in it. Second, select an advisor to work with. Optimally, you will choose an advisor that has written in that area and can guide you through the literature. My research is in financial literacy, financial outcomes, and financial markets. If you are interested in working with me your topic should be related to these topics.
After choosing a topic, you and your advisor should narrow down the research question. It is my experience that undergraduate students tend to ask too broad of a question that is hard to answer in a semester. Your advisor will help you start your literature review. The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina has great advice on how to approach your literature review.
3. Finding data
Finding a research question is relatively easy; finding the data is harder. While it is typically recommended to start with the question then find the data, some recommend finding data then finding an original question to ask that you can answer using the data. I will leave this decision to you and your advisor.
Here are some data sets that I use.
Here are examples of published papers that used these data sets.