The College of Graduate
Studies installed a program in the summer of 2015 that developed access to
knowledge and resources. The Preparing
Future Researchers program created a unique opportunity for students to
conduct research in their field with professors’, in their disciplines,
guidance at UCF.
The program offered an immersive research experience,
networking opportunities, and workshops for its seven undergraduate student participants.
The students represented five different disciplines: Chemistry, Criminal
Justice, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Optics and Photonics, and
Thomas Dolan, PhD represented the Security
Studies discipline with his research. Preparing
Future Researchers allowed Dr. Dolan, “To turn archival notes
into a dataset, and add important information to that dataset that would have
otherwise taken a lot longer. The joint project with Joseph Butler, at the
end of the program, allowed us to try out, for the first time, an argument that
we have been able to refine and is forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict
Resolution, widely viewed as one of the ten best journals in political science.”
When asked about his favorite part of the program, Dr.
Dolan expressed, “Getting to work with a talented, energetic undergraduate
interested in becoming a researcher.”
Congratulations to Dr. Dolan and Butler on their collaboration, soon to appear in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Future Researchers provided its participants with access to
innovative opportunities for research, impacting their academic world.