Research project database and web-based software that matches interested student researchers with faculty seeking assistance.
- Provides a single site for posting, searching, and joining research projects.
- Easily integrated into most existing IT infrastructures.
One of the biggest difficulties in undergraduate or medical fellow research is connecting research investigators with students interested in research. Typical methods for finding interested students or fellows involve posting flyers or word of mouth. For interested students, the process usually involves searching faculty webpages that are often out of date and/or contain general research interests. This difficulty in connecting researchers and students slows the progress of research, and is a barrier that could potentially discourage students from further pursuing research careers.
Emory researchers have developed a database with website interface for matching interested student researchers with faculty with open research positions. The program allows researchers to upload information about their research projects and any areas in which they are looking for help. Students can then search these posted projects for research areas they are interested in and directly contact the researcher to express interest in assisting with the project. If students do not find any posted research in their area of interest, they can upload their own research profile or interests for faculty members to search. The database can also create a document trail of research participated in to help undergraduates or fellows develop their research experience portfolio. The web interface was designed using CSS on top of an Oracle database environment to manage the entered data. The website can further be configured to require a login system thereby, keeping personal information and research data secure.
Web-based software written and in use at Emory University through the Center for Systems Imaging.