What is Inquiry?

The Office of Student Research fosters a dynamic research culture for students and faculty who pursue inquiry activities.  In doing so, it goes beyond notions of research that conjure visions of lab coats and test tubes or Google searches for information. But what is inquiry?

Inquiry is driven by answering questions that do not have obvious answers.

Inquiry activities  drive scholarship. Scholarship includes not just original research, but also making connections between kinds of knowledge and communication knowledge. Inquiry activities include:

  • Forming questions
  • Analyzing evidence
  • Sharing conclusions

Because scholars ranging from scientists to sculptor are involved in the pursuit of answers to questions, they all engage inquiry activities. As a researcher, you will develop intellectual and practical skills as you explore ideas and find answers.  If you are curious and like finding your own answers,  consider one of several opportunities for student research offered by OSR!




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