I have just started my first experience with research and I am currently working on my MA thesis to graduate. I am planning to enroll in a PhD program next year and I want to have a career in Academia in the near future. I was hoping to meet some researchers here to exchange ideas and resources about research in general and share what we have been doing.
My current project is on Second Language Acquisition and I am also thinking about writing a project in international relations with a friend.
What about you?
im in my final year of undergrad BSc in Biochemistry, im doing my optional undergrad research project over the summer and next year with the intention of following up with a masters (and PHD if i can muster the energy). the lab is a much better learning environment than the lecture hall.
im currently in an epigenetics lab that focus’s on neuro-regenerative medicine, the project im working on is looking at how a specific chromatin remodeling complex (this is something that affects the structure and expression of DNA) affects the development of some specific cell types in the cerebellum.
i took a few linguistic courses myself as electives, very cool topic to get involved in!
Research is such a labor-intensive and lengthy process that you put yourself through for results that have the potential to mean nothing. Nonetheless, it is also a very rewarding experience and something totally your own. I’ve only had experience with super-sciency labs like optical physics and neuroscience, can you talk more about what you would be doing in your second language lab?
Would it be research with people, like psychological research?
@kidvisions, I had to research and write a 15000 word undergrad dissertation, it was the most pointless bullshit I have ever done. And it was secondary research.
I can imagine primary research like plugging rats into the national grid and measuring the response is pretty exciting (???), but seriously secondary research- finding complete shit people have written before and amalgamating it into other shit which bears no resemblance to the real world- is just time consuming and soul sapping. You Will become unwell, and you will become a hermit.
I’m preparing for a MD-PhD program. The first two years are what typical medical students go through; after that, the real fun begins.
Is anyone else on here interested in biophysics?
@kidvisions, you allowed one hour for any researchers to respond lol.
I’m about 8 months into my first year of PhD in plant biology. My undergrad was in chemistry.
I don’t have a project set up yet, but jeewillikers does it look like I’ll be learning intensively for the next 5 years.
It will involve looking at analogues of abscisic acid and it’s appropriate receptors in Arabidopsis thaliana. At the current direction, I may simply be programming computers to look for chemicals that are similar. But its really hazy at the moment.
The research in SLA is based on how people acquire a second language and what are the best ways of acquiring language. We want to discover the underlying nature of language acquisition. Depeding on what you want to focus on, the research will look different from one lab to the other. It can be anything from classroom observation, neurological tests, etc…
I think that research depends on the subject and also on whether or not your an undergrad or a graduate student. I like to think of it as “contribution to knowledge”. You are discovering something that nobody before you have mentioned or have talked about the same way.
(@conpassione) This is very interesting! Maybe you can tell us more about it?
Yes it certainly is time consuming but I think it’s rewarding!
Sorry! I was very excited to hear responses!
I am really interested in learning about different research projects. The field I am in is very recent. And linguistics, being a young discipline is still setting its own characteristics, rules etc… So it would be interesting to look at how other researchers in other disciplines go about research. It is helpful too to learn about how scientific research is conducted (Linguistics being the science of language, this is of great interest to me — scientific research must be different from research in literature and history)
What did you research in linguistics exactly?
@kidvisions, A friend of mine double majored in linguistics and mathematics. He saw them both as languages, I suppose. The guy speaks 7 languages now, after learning I believe 5 of them in the 4 years of college. He’s insane.
Research done in linguistics is highly theoretical. You have to come up with ideas and propose them as possibilities, in general. Most of linguistics, or at least the most interesting part to me, is the evolution of language. How did our different languages and dialects develop? For instance Finnish is more closely related to some south eastern asian languages in structure, more so than any other european language.
I’m in high school right now, my sophomore year (10th year) is finishing up on the 30th of this month.
I’m not quite sure what I want to do with my life, but I have thrown around something with linguistics a lot. I’m very interested in learning foreign languages. I don’t know what I’d major in, (international relations maybe?) but if anybody could point me down a path to start learning languages, that would be great. I’m currently enrolled in a german course with decent speaking capability, but I do want to venture more into language and learn more.
If I could learn 5 languages in 4 years of college, that would be pretty amazing.
@ijesuschrist, Wow! I do believe that math and linguistics are languages. Can you put me in contact with this friend of yours if you’re still in contact with him??
I’ll Pm you.
I thinking studying language is just fascinating!
@tkirk513, There are plenty of theories about language learning. I personally believe in Krashen’s theories of “comprehensible input” and I am a fan of Michel Thomas and Pimsleur as a starter for language learning.
@kidvisions, is there anything in particular that you would like to know?
My focus will be on neural networks. The link below has some basic information.