IT Works recently offered a national scholarship essay contest, where entrants were asked to write about the importance of sponsored research. Over the next few months, IT Works will be publishing many of the student essays on our website.
Author: Reilly Ruckman
The advancement of society is a constantly changing movement in which everyone is a part of. Sponsored research is a group of scientists that also aid in the advancement of society; there have been many amazing inventions made due to research. There have also been societal movements that have sparked due to scientific research in certain fields. There many examples of these situations, all of which have led society to where it is today.
One such importance of sponsored research is the fact that this research helps to understand basic human rights. I am able to recall that in an Anthropology I took during first semester, it was explained that in the 1800s it was believed that whites were a superior race. These scientists that backed these claims were using falsely represented data that were not correctly explained; however, with the emergence of scientific research, it was able to finally be determined once and for all that there is little genetic variance along the entire human race. In fact, many of these changes are due to the fact of phenotypic changes due to living in different environments. This revelation has been very significant in societal advancements because this shows that all humans have an equal standing in the world, and this better understanding was one part in lessening the inequality among races.
Another instance in which research has advanced society is the movement for purifying water. There are many sponsored research teams working on better ways to purify water, from either filtering it or chemically purifying water. The amazing thing about this research is that it helps out many people in other countries, as well as in America. There are villages in Africa where their only water source is a surface pond or lake; these sources of water are often dirty and filled with pathogens that cause death in families. There have been movements to help alleviate these deaths by creating such things as the filter straw and the Life Sack. This research is currently going on, in the hopes of finding better economically water purifiers for these places; this research is sure to create a more advanced society.
Moving onto a broader topic, sponsored research in general allows for better inventions in which society is able to use. This can be seen in vaccinations, solar panels, and computers. Vaccinations have allowed for a healthier society and so there are less people contracting deadlier diseases. Solar panels have allowed for a more environmentally aware society, and these panels have helped with lessening greenhouse gas emissions. Lastly, computers have allowed for another means of communication between others, and it has also left most of society with a means of accessing information which would otherwise be a bit more difficult. Computers have also created a different society altogether; there are classes in which homework is due online, saving paper as well as the time it takes to submit it in person. This was not seen twenty years ago; computers themselves are currently being researched and looked into for better modifications.
Sponsored research is a pertinent matter regarding the advancement of society; it has created many improvements in society due to the exploration of continuing progress through objects. It has led to inventions and realizations which have been important to our more advanced society today. These inventions are still being researched to find better improvements to them, allowing society to be able to advance further in the future.
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