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By Maria Hackett
Daily Staff Reporter
Inquiring minds want to know about
the intricacies of life and the surround-
ing world, so they get involved in med-
ical, scientific and social research.
Physics associate Prof. Franco Nori
said research, in essence, is solving "a
puzzle that you don't have an answer to."
To be a good researcher, one must
have a curiosity about the world and an
interest in solving particular puzzles.
"If I look at a topic long enough, I
become interested in it," said Rackham
student and researcher Edward Miller.
The paths future researchers follow in
developing their specific career focuses
vary greatly. Research techniques can be
applied to most issues and fields of study
to provide anything from historical per-
spective to environmental consequences.
"I've enjoyed doing research since I
was a little kid," Miller said. Although he
may be on his way to an eventual profes-
sorship, Nori said the possibilities are
endless because research is prevalent-in
other areas, like government.
"You're training to solve problems crit-
ically. You learn to think in an organized
manner," Nori said. "That's why people
with scientific training get hired in other
fields like economics and business."
Research will be an integral part of
Miller's future professorship, especially
if he teaches at the University.
"Michigan is very heavily weighted
toward research," Miller said. He added
that published research is one of the cri-
teria the University has in awarding
tenure to professors.
With a full load of courses to teach,
however, balancing research with class
time can be difficult.
"I find it impossible to balance the
teaching load that I'm expected to do
and do really vigorous research," Non
said. "I just do extra hours. I work about
70 or 80 hours a week."
Students may also benefit from their
professors' research outside of class.
"I think it actually improves teaching
because it keeps the professor at the fore-
front of his or her field," said microbiol-
ogy and immunology associate professor
emeritus Frank Whitehouse.
But research is not for everyone.
"It's tedious and it's not a moneymak-
er," said LSA first-year student Dave
Students said working in research
requires a lot of patience.
Whitehouse has been investigating
different aspects of why students who
change test answers tend to do better
than students who don't for the last
"Just like anything, 90 percent of it is
grunt work. The analysis is really a minor
part," Miller said. "The payoff isn't that
big, and there's a lot of detail work. The
satisfaction is looking in incredible detail
into a problem.:
Meet with over 80 graduate schools
from across the country.
Some schools scheduled to attend:
American University School of Public Affairs
Canisius College Dept. of Sports Administration
California School of Professional Psychology
Center for Humanistic Studies
Georgetown University Public Policy Institute
Zn] Harvard University
Loyola University - Chicago
Mayo Graduate School
Monterey Institue of International Studies
New School for Social Research
Northwestern University Medill Graduate School
University of Chicago
University of Wisconsin
Washington University School of Social Work
.and many, many more
By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
A directroute into the work forc
and "the real world" may not be th
best path for all students immediately
For recent University graduates Eric
Ellis and Kirk Wahtera, who traveled to
the country's west coast visiting gradu-
ate schools and having a blast for one
month, the year after graduation equals
"This isnthe time when I don't have a
family and I really don't have any major
obligations," said Wahtera, a 1997 LSA
graduate. "That's what's so great about
doing something right now - you have
your whole life in front of you.
"It was well-planned but spur of the
moment," he said. "It was one of the
best things I've ever done."
Wahtera, who currently lives at home
with his parents in-Plymouth, said he
plans to enter graduate school next fall to
study aquatic ecology, but will take the
ensuing nine months to travel more and
casually pursue a short-term job.
Like Wahtera, Ellis said the trip's
timing was perfect.
"I knew this was the only time I'd be
able to visit grad schools," said Ellis, a
1997 SNRE graduate. Ellis said he plans
to enter graduate school upon returning
from a Peace Corps appointment, which
he most likely will begin in June.
Recent LSA graduate Jeremiah
Chamberlin, who currently has a house-
sitting position in Interlochen, Mich. and
is working at Borders Books & Music,
said he intends to enter a Master of Fine
Arts program within a few years. In the
meantime, Chamberlin plans to write and
submit his work to publishers.
"I don't know why anyone's in a
hurry to settle into a 40-year career,"
Chamberlin said. "Itaseems like evey-
one's in a hurry for retirement."
Chamberlin said he didn't enter col-
lege immediately after high school to
pursue new experiences.
"I took a year off between high
school and college," Chamberlin said.
"I think that was probably the best
thing I did in my 18 years.
"And when you go back it's by your
choice," he said. "You feel like you're
making a decision about your life,
instead of your family."
Ellis, who is still living in Ann Arbor
and working full-time, said the fall is dif-
ferent without school worries.
"It was kind of weird being out of
class in September," Ellis said, adding
that he likes not having any homework.
"It was weird, but it was a good time."
Wahtera said he doesn't see the year
off from traditional options as a lack-
adaisical choice, but rather preparation
for graduate school.
"I see what it's done for people who
have taken time off," Wahtera said.
"That's what I want to be."
GRADUA* PROGRAMS -
Value of r
By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
With so many graduate schools to
choose from, University seniors are
looking to national graduate school ;
rankings to narrow down their choices1
- but using them cautiously.,
U.S. News and World Report's annual;
America's Best Graduate School issue
shows how hundreds of graduate schools
stack up against each other based on fac-l
tors such as student selectivity, place-l
ment success, and reputation.I
But while the rankings are referenced;
by prospective graduate students all
over the country, many students and I
academics caution the exclusive use of
the rankings when choosing a graduate;
"We view it as one of a number of
tools students can utilize in the college
selection process," said Alvin Sanoff,
managing editor of U.S. News'
America's Best Colleges issue.
"Generally, they're used not as a sole
consideration, but in helping to devel-
op a list of schools ... but I think it's
very, very, very unusual that a person
would pick a school on the basis of
Sanoff said the rankings are most
useful in the early process of eliminat-
ing schools, but become fairly insignif-
icant when students have narrowed their
selections down to a few top choices.i
The question comes down to the right1
fit for each individual student.
uate schools themselves.
"Johns Hopkins is a top-ranked
school in public health, but other
schools have programs in international
health that are much better, so I'm not
even looking at Johns Hopkins,"
Last year, the Michigan Student
Assembly passed a resolution to lobby
the administration to withhold infor-
mation used by editors when compil-
ing the rankings for U.S. News and
MSA President Michael Nagrant
said he cautions students not to put
much weight on the rankings because
they're not entirely objective.
"They don't take into account many of
"Students also need to visit campus-
es and talk to students and counselors to
see how well they fit in," Sanoff said.
LSA senior Haytham Bahoora, who is
applying to graduate programs in public
health to study international health, said
he used the rankings as guide for gener-
al information on schools.
"It's not just rankings, it's a number
of factors," Bahoora said, adding that
location, cost and faculty research all
had an impact on where he applied. "I
think (the rankings are) based a lot on
reputation. That's why I'm a little
weary of placing so much emphasis on
Bahoora said he paid attention to the
rank of individual graduate programs
rather than the overall rank of the grad-
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