Student Organization for the Advancement of Research

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What is SOAR:

A student-faculty matching program to provide research opportunities for students at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Public Health.

Benefits to Students:

SOAR will enhance student’s research capacity through increased awareness, collaboration and skill building. Student’s will volunteer through SOAR to assist professors with study or project needs, and grant/manuscript development in order to gain writing/research experience and authorship. This is outside of the student’s course and student worker responsibilities.

Benefits to Faculty:

Faculty who choose to be matched will have access to a student researcher with a given skill set or interest within the faculty member’s field or interest area. This match will allow faculty members to further their research by collaborating with students who can assist in data collection or management, literature reviews, manuscript writing and development, as well as statistical analysis. Overall the student-faculty match should benefit the faculty member as well as student, both academically and professionally.

The mission and goals of SOAR are as follows:

Mission:

To enhance student’s research capacity through increased awareness, collaboration and skill building.

Three key Focus Areas:

  1. Linking faculty need to student desire for research/manuscript development.
  2. Improving student awareness of faculty research and research opportunities across SPH programs, within other LSUHSC schools and outside LSUHSC.
  3. Improving student capacity to procure and develop grants by partnering and collaborating with faculty who possess grantsmanship experience.