Laleh Boroujerdi-Rad

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?

My specific area of research was under Professor Fahs. I researched one definition of masculinity in the 1890s, and then looked for visual evidence of this. I found it through baseball cards and Frederic Remington's paintings.

2. When and how did you first get involved in research?

I first got involved with research through my 190 and 192 seminars for History. Professor Fahs encouraged us to submit a proposal for UROP. Everything grew from that.

3. How has research enhanced your education?

Immensely! Research has given me a glimpse of what graduate school will be like. It has taught me to persevere, especially when reading books and more books and finding nothing. But all the work is worth it when you find that one bit of information or that one image you need. Research has made my education here at UCI more complete.

4. What has been your favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?

By far, going to Cooperstown to present my research paper was my favorite experience. To speak at the National Baseball Hall of Fame about baseball cards was an incredible experience. Being one of a few undergraduates to every present at the Cooperstown Symposium was an honor. The encouragement and support I received from everyone there is a memory I will treasure. I also enjoyed every opportunity I had to talk about my research projects at different symposiums. Talking to other UCI students about the great opportunities that await students at the UROP office has been fun too.

5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?

My goal is to get a PhD in either History or Art History. Being involved in research has helped me refine the organizational and analytical skills that I will need at the next level of my education and research.

6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

Just do it! If you have an idea, start pursuing it! I never thought I would do research on baseball cards, or to be invited to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to speak on baseball cards. Do not let anyone talk you out of your ideas! If anything, seek people and professors out to help refine your research questions. Go the UROP office! The staff is very helpful and is a great resource for research.

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