- At Grinnell, you’ll have many opportunities to do research—in your classes and as separate, credit-bearing experiences such as independent study or mentored advanced projects.
- And research doesn’t just mean science labs. It means data analysis and qualitative analysis too.
- Bryce Lew ’19, an economics major, especially enjoyed the research he did in a humanities, multimedia storytelling course. Because at Grinnell, you get to explore your interests through multiple lenses.
Research Through Various Lenses
I think what's interesting about my research experience is that it's ranged from a whole variety of ways to approach research. I mean, a lot of my-- a lot of my economics and psychology courses have been more data driven, which I think is really interesting, because I'm able to develop those data skill, and coding skills to be able to analyze that data. While at the same time I've been able to do more qualitative data, or qualitative research through like the humanities, multimedia and adaptation, storytelling course. And it shows that at Grinnell, we're able to really stretch our ability to approach research, and see research through various lenses. And because I was able to take these multiple disciplines, and apply my research skills to all of it. I have been able to create these really just fun experiences that like, I think, is something that like I was passionate about, and something that I enjoyed in the moment. So most of my research, actually, I think all of my research has been conducted within classes. So as an economics major, I have to do a capstone project during each of my last semesters here at Grinnell in our seminar class. So my current seminar class, I'm taking law and economics, which looks at policy changes or laws, and how the economy reacts to it. So currently, I am running a data analysis project on how low income housing credits affects the Los Angeles housing market, which has been really fun. It involves a lot of data and trying to scrape through the data, and analyze it and then try, and create connections with previous literature, which I think is really fun and interesting. My favorite research project I've done was actually during my second year for my multimedia and adaptation storytelling course, where I did research on the Poweshiek County and found various historical events and artifacts. It was actually able to take digital versions of all of that and turn it into an app where on a map you can pinpoint various events in campus history. And I thought that was like a really, really fun class, because I was able to really learn more about my environment here in the Poweshiek County in Iowa, and create something tangible out of it.
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