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Student Research

Mission

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is known for the strength of the programs that it offers. As our programs have evolved, WSSU has focused on improving the student experience by incorporating more experiential learning into the curriculum and extracurricular activities. The mission of WSSU Office of Student Research is to enhance student learning through a variety of opportunities.

Vision Statement

Our vision for the Office of Student Research is that all WSSU students have access to, and experience, high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities. We offer opportunities that support WSSU’s vision of academic excellence, transformative education, talent cultivation, and student development. Our goal is to make research a central part of the overall experience for students at WSSU.

What is Student Research?

An inquiry, investigation, or discovery that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to a branch of knowledge.

Why is Student Research Important?

Participating in “high impact practices” benefit students while they are on campus through increased student learning and success, but benefits are often seen post-graduation as well. Involvement in research, scholarship, and creative activity allows students to gain a deeper understanding of their soon to be profession, allows participation in a community of like-minded scholars, and most importantly fosters relationships with faculty members which are mutually beneficial and long lasting. The faculty member gains a researcher capable of helping them with the daily tasks of their active learning activity, while the student gains a mentor who can assist them in gaining employment or admission to graduate school. Most importantly, students gain the opportunity to make a difference. They get to be involved with projects that create new knowledge, solve real-world problems, and develop protocols that can impact our world.

Benefits of Student Research?[1]

  • Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
  • Increases retention and graduation in academic programs
  • Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and intellectual independence
  • Develops an understanding of research methodology
  • Promotes an innovation-oriented culture

[1] Council on Undergraduate Research (2018). Mission. Retrieved from www.cur.org/who/organization/mission/