Truman State University prides itself in involving students in research, and agricultural science majors can pursue a wide variety of undergraduate research opportunities. The close proximity of the University Farm to Truman’s campus enhances the opportunities for students to conduct research in this wide variety of areas.
Enhance Your Academic Understanding Through Research
You can conduct research on topics such as beef cattle, sheep, horses, crops (mostly corn), pumpkins, horticultural crops, soil conservation, agricultural economics, rural sociology, or other topics that intrigue you. Equine-oriented students have the opportunity to conduct equine science research ranging from reproduction, to growth-related nutritional studies, to research related to equestrian activities.
It is our strongly held conviction that all Americans should understand the agricultural roots of our society and—maybe even more importantly—have an understanding of where their food comes from. Most of our faculty also teach AGSC 100, Agriculture, a course designed to educate non-majors about agriculture. As a component of this class students do a semester-long research project that involves the development of hypotheses, the design of an experiment to test their hypotheses, the gathering of data from their experiment, and the statistical testing of their data to hopefully reach a meaningful conclusion about their hypotheses.
Some of these student-designed projects are presented at the Students Research Conference held on Truman’s campus each year in March.
I am continually impressed at the numerous research opportunities available to Truman students. This provides them with a chance to work closely with a professor and go more in-depth on a topic they are interested in and provides a huge advantage to students interested in pursuing graduate studies.