Monthly Archives: August 2013

LinkedIn: A Researcher’s Secret Best Friend

Zachary K. Ochoa

At the beginning of this summer, I decided that I wanted to expand my portfolio to include a wider range of research experience and accomplishment. Therefore, I began to pursue the publication of research that I had already completed. I also began to seek new ideas for projects that I could undertake. Since setting my sights on these goals, I’ve been blessed with the privilege of having three of my scholarly papers published in online research journals. This could not have been possible had I not discovered the tremendous value of my secret weapon: LinkedIn.

I signed up for my LinkedIn account shortly after the end of this past spring semester. When I first got started, I had no intention of using it for any reason other than networking. Although LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for accomplishing this goal, there is another hidden value in it for those who are undertaking university research. When you explore the profile of another student in your field, there’s a good chance that they’ve posted about their projects, publications, achievements, etc. These posts are an immensely valuable resource for any undergraduate student researcher.

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Writing a Great Research Paper

Caitlyn Reese

Research papers aren’t easy. There’s so much work that goes into writing one, and doubly so if you want it to be a reliable paper. It may seem like you’re standing in front of an insurmountable cliff, but I have a few tips that can help you be the best research writer you can be, without driving yourself crazy! Plus, believe it or not, you may be able to turn what you think is just another paper, you trudged through for your composition class, into a publishable work of art. That is exactly what I decided to do with my final research paper for my sophomore writing class, and through perseverance and help from a great teacher, it was published in the URJHS. Here are some tips for you that will help, right from the start:

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Narcissistic Object Choice in Sexual Orientation Identity Development: A Freudian Perspective on Homosexual Identity Formation

Neil Gleason:
St. Olaf College

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Abstract: Within the field of LGBT psychology, several models of homosexual orientation identity development have been proposed, and most of these models emphasize the importance of assuming a non-heterosexual identity. Freud’s theories of homosexuality are reinterpreted and integrated into these contemporary models in order to shed light on both the importance of non-heterosexual identity formation and the complications that can arise from it. Specifically, Freud’s concepts of “narcissistic object choice” and “identification” reveal how homosexual individuals can form paradoxical attachments with heterosexual objects, and how these paradoxes can be resolved through the assumption of a homosexual identity.

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The “Growing” American Dream: An Analysis of Historic Trends in Housing

Erin Cammel, Kansas State University

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Abstract:The purpose of this paper is to compare data found in Small Homes of Architectural Distinction by the Architects’ Small House Service Bureau in 1929 to U.S. Census data from 1930 and 1980 through 2010. In an attempt to explain the expansion of the American household, average square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms are correlated to average household size and income (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d., a.). All of these statistical categories have been impacted by the fluctuation of the American economy and cultural influences.

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Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

Zachary K. Ochoa

People hear almost everywhere that a Bachelor’s Degree isn’t worth what it used to be. Unfortunately, this is more or less the truth. With the right study habits, luck with professors, and good time management, it is really not that difficult for a good student to get a competitive GPA. This does not bode well for the individual student because, frankly, there are a lot of good students out there. So the important question then becomes how undergraduate students can set themselves apart from their peers in an increasingly competitive world.

It’s not the most complicated thing in the world to do well in classes. Most of the standard college courses require nothing more than repetition and memorization in order to pass. However, to make a contribution of your own to your field of choice is a different matter entirely. If students want to set themselves apart in today’s academia, they should pursue options in undergraduate research.

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