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In conducting undergraduate research, students gain a new academic experience and develop a wide range of useful research skills in critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative analysis, field work, survey methodologies, and more. In addition, student researchers develop close mentoring relationships with faculty members through fun, rewarding and productive research. The Valente Center’s arts and sciences–focused undergraduate Research Programs are also particularly useful for students developing the skills to eventually complete an Honors Capstone or an LSM-culminating experience, as well as for motivated students looking to delve deeper in a subject of interest or in a faculty member’s disciplinary research. Furthermore, undergraduate research is valuable experience that both employers and graduate schools value.

Student Research Programs

Undergraduate Researcher Program

Undergraduates pursue independent Arts & Sciences focused research projects. 

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Student Research Assistantships (SRA)

This program provides an opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty members in an area of special interest.

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Roundtable Discussion

The Roundtable Seminar on Great Books discusses books of importance and value that enrich students understanding of arts, history, literature, business, politics and life in general. A course for credit!

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Undergraduate Travel Fund

This program is designed to allow students to explore research opportunities 

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Presenting Research Best Practices

'Presenting Research Best Practices' by Prof. Stephanie Medden
April 2021

Presentation Training for the Undergraduate Research Workshop

Presentation Training for the Undergraduate Research Workshop
April 2021

Undergraduate Research Workshop 2020-2021

UG Research Workshop Recording

October 9th, 2020

 

 

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Valente Center Researchers 2020-2021
"Benites"

Anthony Benites

Research Project Title and Summary:

Drivers of Excess Returns in the Video Game Industry

My project is about quantifying the effects of traditional/financial, technological, and psychological drivers of excess returns in the video game industry during the pandemic period. Gamers are very passionate about the industry but may not be able to effectively invest in these companies. Investors can evaluate companies of all industries but may not be able to accommodate for qualitative variables that are specific to the gaming industry. My project aims to combine both skillsets to provide greater insight into this large and still growing industry.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by people's natural perseverance to complete tasks regardless of difficulty or commitment.

Top 3 things you can't live without?

I can't live without video games, delicious food, and my pair of noise-canceling headphones.

How would your 10-year-old self react to what you doing right now?

What's your grade? If it's not for a class then why aren't you playing more games?

What would you recommend to young researchers out there?

Good research develops from both knowledge and passion of the field you're researching. Knowledge lets you approach a research problem at different angles. Passion motivates you to keep going, no matter how tough the process may be.

What is your favorite quote?

"You can have all the talent in the world but if you don't do the right thing, then nothing happens. But when you do right, guess what, good things happen." --A Bronx Tale
 

Miruna Constantin

Research Project Topic Title and Summary:

COVID-19 Impact on Tourism in the Balkan Countries

My research is looking to identify the implications and impact of the COVID-19 in the tourism sector in the Balkan Countries aiming to propose recovery measures for the industry. This would result on in suggestions that would ensure efficient cooperation between the private tourism sector and the government by developing further travel and safety measures. The main reason for conducting the research is to observe whether the tourism industry can adapt to the new "normal" and address widely debated questions such as: What will the authorities do to reduce the negative effects of the crises, support tourism and attract visitors to the regions? Will financial support be enough? How much a tax relief can ease the sufferings? What we can do to ease the pains? 

Whom do you admire and who inspires you?

I am a whole-hearted feminist; therefore, I admire lots of women who stood up for themselves and made a career in a patriarchal field, but not only. Anna Wintour and Abigail Johnson are two women I closely follow, but at the top of my list could be found a respectable and successful man whose name is Tony Robbins.

Top 3 things you can't live without?  

Google Drive, my planner, and French fries

What is the research/career highlight you are most proud of?  

I have been running a non-profit organization for more than 6 months. It all started as an idea and a dream and it quickly turned into one of the most successful online free digital platform that offers counseling to Romanian students in their application for American colleges.

How would your 10-year-old self-react to what you doing right now?

My 10-years old would only have to say" Congrats, you are doing it, but please don't stop".

What would you recommend to young researchers out there?  

I am a young researcher as well so I would just recommend being patient and always start early. At the same time, I believe is very important to use all the resources available and understand that knowing where and how to look for information is one of the most important skills of a researcher.

Describe a time in your life that you gained a new perspective?  

I believe that taking the decision to study in US over Europe and traveling an ocean to gain more experience and get an education gave me the hope that I would have a different perspective soon and this is how it happened. Soon after I arrived in the US and got over the cultural shock and started adjusting to a whole different lifestyle, COVID-19 pandemic hit and for the first time I had no backup plan. Confronted with this, my life perspective changed, and I realized that life needs us to do not only what we are good at, but what we feel is best for us.

What is your favorite quote?

"Per Asper Ad Astra"

"Balkan"
"Eduardo"

Eduardo Franco Saucedo

Research Project Title and Summary:

The Role of Regional Identities in Differences in Socioeconomic Levels Between Regions of Bolivia

My home country, Bolivia, has two main regional identities that clash over one another. My research examines how these identities have fueled the disparity of socio-economic levels among different regions. As these identities have also been used to boost ethnic-based populism, my project also examines the politicization of these identities and provide a recommendation for countries where populism is in the rise. 

Whom do you admire and who inspires you?

My grandmother is whom I admire the most. Despite having a very tough upbringing, she was able to overcome all of the negative and work relentlessly to support her family and get to the level of success she is at right now. Her work ethic and tenacity inspire me to be the best version of myself everyday despite the challenges I might encounter.

Top 3 things you can't live without?

Daily conversations with my best friend, Spotify account, and papaya juice.

What is the research/career highlight you are most proud of?

Landing an internship in wealth management for Summer 2021

How would your 10-year-old self react to what you doing right now?

He would be genuinely curious about what I am doing and push me to continue engaging in research. Research has been an interest of mine for as long as I have been aware of the concept.

What would you recommend to young researchers out there?

Find something that you are passionate about and figure what type of impact you want to have on people. If you are able to combine both of this into your research, the process will feel much smoother and less overwhelming.

Describe a time in your life that you gained a new perspective?

I did a study abroad program in New Zealand during high school. Being in a society that was considerably more open minded than the one I grew up in opened up my horizons and allowed me to see the world through a different lens. As a result, I was able to understand the importance of pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone to grow as a person

What is your favorite quote?

"The limit does not exist." 

 

Satyam Rattan

Research Project Title and Summary:

Cause and Effects of the Growing Inequality Among American Cities

My research project aims to analyze the causes and effects of the growing inequality among US cities.  It aims to document the legislative changes that have brought about this inequality during the 1900s.  The project may also entail a study of differences in political opinion among persons of different US cities, given that some US cities have declined while others have continued to prosper.  These findings will all be included in my research project.

Whom do you admire and who inspires you? 

I am inspired by my parents. I am inspired by their hard work and sacrifices that they have made for me, and I hope that I can become something like them someday.

Top 3 things you can’t live without?

Cricket, Sleep and Music.

Describe a time in your life that you gained a new perspective?

I gained a new perspective when I first came to Boston to start university. I live in Trinidad and Tobago and the difference to Boston are quite astounding. The main ones are the ease of public transport and the high usage and prevalence of technology and the internet being so present in everyone's lives. Very big differences compared to many other countries.

How would your 10-year old self react to what you are doing right now?

He wouldn't be all that impressed or excited.

What is your favorite quote?

"I think I am therefore I am" René Descartes

"Satyam"
"Kerisse"

Kerisse Seepersad

Research Project Title and Summary:

Challenges of Economic Diversification in Oil-Dependent Countries

Despite a wealth of resources and great economic potential, many countries in South America are vulnerable to falling into resource traps where they experience economic decline. This project aims at determining how these oil-dependent countries can diversify away from oil and natural gas with a focus on the economy of Trinidad and Tobago. Comparative research is conducted on the challenges of economic diversification in Trinidad and Tobago as well as in Colombia and Bolivia with the goal of contributing to the conversation in South America on how best to diversify in order to increase economic growth.

What inspires you?

The pursuit of knowledge through my interactions and experiences

Top 3 things you can't live without?

Netflix, sushi, good novels

How would your 10-year-old self react to what you doing right now?

I think she'd be amazed at how many different people I've met and places I've seen.

What would you recommend to young researchers out there?

Find something that you're passionate about and your research will feel like an adventure

What is your favorite quote?

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Travis Sroczenski

Research Project Title and Summary:

Socioeconomic Trends Impacting the Health of Newborn Babies

The project's motivation hinges on the ability to reveal socioeconomics trends impacting the health of newborn babies. I intend to build an econometric model in the language "R" to regress specific variables onto birthweight of newborn babies, and investigate the magnitudes and roles they play. Birthweight is a significant indicator to a newborn's overall health, and thus serves as the primary metric in the project. The field is previously well researched, as specific variables including birth order, smoking history, alcohol use, and marital status have been identified as leading influencers in determining birthweight. To this end, the intention of this project aims to further the research, unraveling how race and income play a pivotal role in these factors.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the desire to be better today than yesterday. Habitual improvement is a key to success.

Whom do you admire and who inspires you?

I admire and am inspired by the Leicester City Football Club. I think they are a great metaphor to what hard work and a positive mentality can accomplish. To win the championship with a fraction of the wealth and resources available to other clubs, and to consistently be great despite all odds.

Top 3 things you can’t live without?

My surfboard, my cat, and Wi-Fi

What is the research/career highlight you are most proud?

Earning the Collins Aerospace Excellence Award this previous summer for work in government finance. 

What would you recommend to young researchers?

Research for fun outside of your assignments. Fostering inquisitiveness and curiosity can only de done intrinsically, and not when it is assigned. 

How would your 10-year old self react to what you are doing right now?

My 10-year old self would be thrilled. All I every wanted to do was wear a suit to work and play video games all day. Though the latter may not be feasible, I think I have the suit thing down.

Describe a time in your life that you gained a new perspective?

Attending Bentley and being surrounded by so many intelligent and motivated students. 

"travis"
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