“For decades our education system has been primarily focused on training students in their respective fields by providing us with material to memorize and learn to use. We listen to long lectures and do the assigned homework because it is required. But for some students that's not enough, and they are not content just accepting what they learn in a book as truth. About two years ago several EdCC students came together with common goals: to take the reins of their own education, so that students can get funding and pursue their own research goals. To learn for themselves and potentially discover things not written in a textbook. To unite every student in the common pursuit of the sciences. And to write their OWN syllabus however they wish.
We don't have to wait till the university level to start building our future, it's all possible right here. Though URSA is in it's early years we have already gained attention nationally. Every one of our projects are entirely student inspired and run with tremendous help from faculty and the community. All students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are welcome regardless of major. We provide real life research experiences to help you take control of your own education.” Breeanna L. Cain URSA Secretary, 10/2012
"For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." Vincent Van Gogh
“The most important aspects of fundamental scientific research…cannot be planned with anything like the same certainty. This is, of course, because such research is aimed at finding out something which we do not already know, and obviously nobody knows just what the results will be. When I was directing research work of students in my days at Princeton University, I always used to tell them that if the results of a thesis problem could be foreseen at its beginning, it was not worth working at.” Karl T. Compton Special Committee on Atomic Energy Hearings, United States Senate, 1945.
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