What do people do at RSI?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

At RSI, people engage in a wide range of activities that revolve around the research cycle. The research cycle encompasses the entire process of conducting research, from formulating research questions to disseminating findings. Participants at RSI have the opportunity to experience this entire cycle firsthand.

One of the initial tasks at RSI is to stay up-to-date with the latest literature in their field. This involves reading and analyzing research papers, articles, and books to gain a deep understanding of the current state of knowledge. By immersing themselves in the existing scholarship, participants can identify gaps in knowledge and potential areas for further investigation.

Once participants have familiarized themselves with the existing literature, they are ready to draft a detailed research plan. This plan outlines the specific research questions they aim to address, the methodology they will employ, and the expected outcomes of their research. This stage requires careful thought and consideration, as it lays the foundation for the entire research project.

With the research plan in place, participants begin executing their research. This typically involves collecting and analyzing data, conducting experiments or surveys, or engaging in theoretical investigations. Depending on the nature of their research, participants may work individually or collaborate with peers and mentors. This stage can be challenging and time-consuming, but it is also incredibly rewarding as participants begin to uncover new insights and make original contributions to their field.

Once the research has been conducted and the data has been analyzed, participants are ready to present their findings. This is done through conference-style oral presentations and written reports. The oral presentations provide an opportunity to share the research with a wider audience, engage in discussions, and receive feedback from experts in the field. The written reports, on the other hand, serve as a detailed documentation of the research process, findings, and implications.

Throughout the entire research cycle, participants are encouraged to be as explicit as possible in their communication. They are advised to avoid repetition by using synonyms and to use paragraph headings and subtitles when necessary to organize their thoughts. While maintaining a professional tone, participants are also encouraged to be personal in their writing, sharing their experiences and perspectives. This helps to add depth and authenticity to their work.

At RSI, people engage in a comprehensive research cycle that involves reading current literature, drafting and executing detailed research plans, and delivering conference-style oral and written reports. The process is rigorous and involves critical thinking, collaboration, and effective communication. By experiencing the entire research cycle, participants gain valuable skills and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their field.