Students in the Education and Learning Sciences program have ample opportunities to conduct faculty-guided research, even while fulfilling their demanding course load. Some students:
- Do in-depth research and present at the annual Capstone symposium on a global issue of particular relevance as a student in LBST 4900, “Education & Global Issues.”
- Work with a faculty mentor on student-generated research through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), the McNair Scholars program, or as a summer intern.
- Present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Lead an Alternative Break Trip.
What Our Students Say
Ana Romero '19
”I have been so privileged by all of the opportunities that have come my way. I came to LMU as a Political Science major and had no idea what my next four years would look like. I decided to tie my interest in politics to my love for education. I graduated in 2019 as an Education and Learning Sciences (then known as Liberal Studies) major with a minor in political science and earned a credential in elementary education and the Bilingual Authorization to teach in Spanish. I participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) for two years, focusing on two different research projects in Education. In 2017 I traveled to Mexico City through the McNair Scholars Program to observe classroom interactions between students and teachers. In 2018, I began a research project to study environmental education in Los Angeles, which grew out of the research I did for my LBST Capstone project. Having the opportunity to conduct one's own research through the guidance and encouragement of a professor is a humbling experience that helps me appreciate the process of research. I also interned both in the office of Senator Ben Allen who represents the 26th District of California, and in Spain as an assistant working on a bilingual conference on education."