December 3, 2014
Ariel Katz is changing the way you’ll find research. As a university student, he’s faced a number of challenges while searching databases for information and jobs.
“What most platforms try to do is create a vast network of research in a database – kind of like academia.edu, but we are trying to do something very different,” says Katz, a senior at Binghamton University majoring in Psychology.
He’s created a new platform called Research Connection, which is “the first searchable platform for university research jobs and information,” according to the company’s site. Additionally, what makes Research Connection different from its competitors is its model.
Research Connection: How it Works
The easy-to-use platform targets students, researchers, and universities to help all three aid in making the research process easier.
Here are a few other features that first time users should know:
- You can search for anything you are interested in: “If you are interested in a specific researcher, or if you want to find out what research is going on in a university in Oregon so you are able to type in anything,” says Katz of the platform.
- It’s geo-located: “If I’m on UMiami’s campus, I’ll find University of Miami’s campus first, so you find the department researcher and any available job,” says Katz.
- It’s a tool for researchers: According to their site, “researchers connect with collaborators and students, and share updates about your research, publications and conferences.” Researchers can also post job applications.
- It provides information about researchers: ““If you click on a researcher you would find his overall research – all of his publications using an algorithm that incorporates NIH and members that the researcher works with and any available jobs will show up,” says Katz.
More About Katz and Research Connection
With 62 team members nationally, Research Connection has people at 12 universities – which include Binghamton, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Emory, Maryland, Wellesley, and Wisconsin – to help grow their platform. They plan on having a presence at over 30 universities by Spring 2014.
“Most of them are interns,” says Katz of the Research Connection team. “We also have are team leaders at each university. Team leaders focus on speaking with researchers, administrators, and bringing student awareness to their campus. The team leader is an ambassador of sorts. Some students receive course credit, get paid, or are just passionate about the RC mission.”
While Katz says some students who start their own companies have business experience, his advice to young entrepreneurs is to get help when needed.
“I couldn’t have done this without people telling me how to structure contracts, how to get a lawyer, how to do accounting, how to manage the books,” says Katz. “I am good at some things, but someone is always there to help out.”
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