Student Research and
Creative Activities

West Chester University

Gretchen Studlien-Webb
Department of theatre and Dance
College of Visual and Performing Arts
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

WCU Award for Student Research and Creative Activities

The Research Office announces the 2014 Student Research and Creative Activities (SRCA) Awards competition. Up to five awards will be presented at the annual WCU Research Day to be held on 10 April 2014. All nominations will be judged by the SRCA Committee and the Associate Vice President for Research.

Award for Excellence in Student Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities ($1000)

This award recognizes research achievements by a student or team of students who are accepted in their chosen major or program. Also, students must have been in full-time attendance at the University as of the Fall 2013 semester.

The award is for a single completed project or work OR for a series of completed projects/works that demonstrate the student’s skills in planning, conducting, and disseminating research. An individual student or a group of students working on the same project may be nominated. Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

Please note that any student or team who submits an application may be invited to present a poster or give an oral presentation at WCU’s annual Research Day (10 April 2014).

Award criteria are:

  1. Originality: is the project at the forefront of the applicant’s professional field?
  2. Impact: is there potential for the project to result in a significant advancement in the applicant’s field of interest?
  3. Quality: is the research work presented with appropriate technical content, style and language?

The application documentation will be completed electronically and will consist of:

  1. A letter of nomination from a faculty member (no more than two pages);
  2. A student-written one to two-page summary of their research;
  3. A student-written one-page biographical sketch (per student, if a team is nominated) that includes a description of their role in the research, the impact of the research on their knowledge and skills, and their future goals.

The entire application must be submitted by the nominating faculty member electronically in PDF format to no later than 12 Noon ET on Friday, 14 February 2014. Supplemental documentation (e.g., CD/DVD of a performance or artistic/creative portfolio) must be submitted in person to Maureen Anello, Office of Sponsored Research, at Filano Hall room 205 no later than 12 Noon ET on Friday, 14 February 2014.

Please contact me ( or Gretchen Studlien-Webb (, chair of the SRCA committee, if you have questions. Thank you for your consideration.