In the fall of 2017, I and group of students conducted a semester-long research project based on Auburn University student stress and how it correlated with other health problems on campus. This involved three stages of work, each with a paper and a presentation, including a final, comprehensive presentation. From the group, I was elected group leader and was in charge of organizing group meetings, student focus groups and surveys as well as delivering the final product to the professor. On this page, you will find a basic outline of the various stages as well as the tools we used to develop the most thorough analysis.
Stage 1: Secondary Research
In the first stage of the research process, our group conducted secondary research. Secondary research involves purely investigating previously studied issues and written articles on the topic. In order to do this, we read and analyzed numerous articles about stress-related health problems in general, across all college campuses. Our goal was to establish a general foundation from which we would become more specific with the following stages of the project. To view our final results from our secondary research, click the link below.Secondary Research
Stage 2: Primary Research
In the second stage of the project, we conducted our primary research. This involves collecting and finding data yourself through focus group interviews, in-depth interviews, or field research. My group chose to conduct two focus group interviews, both made up of Auburn students. One group was students who were either involved in or aware of health programs on campus while the second group was compromised of students who did not care or were not involved in health programs. Each focus group was recorded and transcribed. From these transcriptions, we correlated the data between the two groups and formed conclusions from our findings. To view our results from the primary research, click the link below.Primary Research
Stage 3: Survey Research
In the third and final stage of the project, our group used Big Data, or a way to compare and analyze different types of variables. This included designing an online survey through Qualtrics, gathering the data from students, and then categorizing and organizing the findings to form conclusions based on the samples we collected. With this last stage complete, our group then connected all of the data from the three stages of our project and formed a final conclusion based on our findings from the primary, secondary and survey research. To view our survey research paper, click the link below.Survey Research
What I Learned
This entire process was an in-depth, extensive procedure that taught me many different aspects of the research process. I learned how to do background research, conduct interviews, conduct surveys, and use programs to analyze and compare different types of data. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational process which taught me useful skills for future projects.