How do I decide if I should enroll in the Research Capstone? How are topics for the Research Capstone selected?

The Research Capstone is designed for students who know they want to pursue a career in quantitative research, most of whom expect to go on to pursue a Ph.D. Students still work in teams in the Research Capstone section; the primary difference from other Capstone sections is that teams don't have a formal outside client.

Instead, students discuss their broad issue areas of interest in the beginning of the Capstone class, and then through a series of discussions, break into similar-minded groups. These groups then discuss possible specific research questions/topics, and with the help of the faculty member, as well as the availability of primary data, determine a specific research question to pursue.

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