Scholarship Finalist Essay #5 – Diane Dempsey
Sponsored Research is critical for the advancement of society. Sponsored Research is defined as research that is funded by an external agency. Sponsored research leads to innovation and innovation is a driving force to the advancement of society. Many things that we enjoy today are the result of sponsored research. From improvements to cancer care, medical treatments, pharmaceutical drugs, interventions on populations to the technologies that we use today-much came from the investment of sponsored research. In addition, sponsored research requires staff to work on the research project. As such, sponsored research is an economic driver for the communities. By providing opportunities for employment, sponsored research allows for the continued commercial growth of the world. Many of the staff that work on sponsored research are students who are advancing their education through their involvement in sponsored research. Sponsored Research is imperative for the advancement of society.
One of the inventions that resulted from sponsored research is the knock out (transgenic) mouse. Knock out mice were invented in 1989 by Dr. Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., of the University of Utah. Transgenic mice are mice who have a gene inactivated by replacing or disrupting the gene with artificial DNA. Transgenic Mice are used in research in medical conditions on the genetic level. Innovative treatments in cancer care, obesity, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease and aging resulted from the using knock out mice to develop these treatments. Hundreds, if not thousands of ideas resulted from the use of these mice in research. Without the initial development of these mice we would not be here today- A fact recognized by the Nobel laureate committee who awarded the Nobel prize to Dr. Capecchi in 2007! Sponsored research leads to innovation that can lead to a ripple effect in the development of more ideas to advance society.
Another important aspect of sponsored research is the role of the economic driver. Research projects require the use of many staff- from the Principal Investigator, laboratory staff, project coordinators, students and administrative staff. In working in the field of research, these staff members receive salary and benefits. The salary and benefits received allow the employees to purchase items such as homes, cars, daycare, miscellaneous commercial items, and health care. This, in turn, creates more jobs as people need to work to sell/renovate homes, sell/maintain cars, afford/use childcare and manufacturing required to build/sell items. This is the start of self-fulfilling loop that drives the economy forward. More people working means more people are paying taxes and are purchasing things which leads to economic growth. With economic growth comes more funding to reinvest in research and development which leads to more innovation. Innovation in the economic sector leads to the advancement of society.
Sponsored Research projects tend to have students as employees while they simultaneously work on their degrees. Students incorporate the data that they learn on these projects to the completion of their schoolwork, thesis, capstone or dissertation. These students then become the researchers or innovators of the future. Sponsored research projects lead to advanced education which leads to more knowledgeable and advanced society.
Sponsored Research has a direct causal relation to the advancement of society. Through innovation, employment and the further education of society, sponsored research creates opportunities for growth financially and personally driving the advancement of society. Without sponsored research, we would not be the world that we are today, in 2016.
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