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Why is international research a good idea?
International research is a process of inquiry that encourages critical thinking and international understanding for engaged, lifelong learning. Actively participating in research, creating a central puzzle, and trying to solve that puzzle through research contribute to your intellectual, personal, and professional growth. By engaging in research, undergraduates explore new areas of thought and immerse themselves in an intellectual endeavor. Becoming involved in a research project helps students build stronger relationships with faculty members and other students. Through their exploration, students have the opportunity to produce new knowledge and contribute to a global society. Shrink Text

Why do a capstone research project?
Working on a capstone research project, including a senior seminar paper, a course term paper, a senior honors thesis, a proposal for a scholarship or award, an independent study, a directed research project or a study abroad program project, ties together the various pieces of your education in a cohesive way. For an interdisciplinary program such as International Relations, a capstone research project brings to bear many of the disciplinary perspectives that you learn through the program's curriculum. On a more personal level, by doing a capstone research project you have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your creativity, leadership, and your ability to solve problems and communicate your thoughts effectively. A capstone research project can also have more tangible results - launching you on a career or leading you toward further exploration. Shrink Text

How can you get started with an international research project?
The international research process actually begins before you decide on a question to research. So, we encourage you to start planning for research early, even if you're still exploring it as an option.... Expand Text

..Steps in the International Research Process:
Step 1:Planning Coursework
Step 2:Planning Study Abroad
Step 3:Choosing a Research Topic
Step 4:Developing a Research Question
Step 5:Finding and Evaluating Scholarly Literature
Step 6:Choosing Appropriate Methodologies
Step 7:Making Faculty Contacts
Step 8:Ethical Considerations for Research Abroad
Step 9:Writing a Research Prospectus
Step 10:Finding Funding for Research
Step 11:Capstone Research Projects
Research Milestones

Things to do this academic year.

Planner Checklist

Track your research progress.

Research Notepad

Keep track of research jottings.