Student research and creative activities represent relevant and very important factors of the West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU) undergraduate and graduate students' experiences.
The WCU Undergraduate Student Research Website is aimed at providing you, the student in particular, faculty and staff investigators, mentors, and significant others, with appropriate pieces of information pertaining to the value of research and creative activities; availability and accessibility of internal and external resources and/or opportunities to develop, advance, and sustain a research agenda or specific project; policies and procedures on the ethical and responsible conduct of research, and overall professional development initiatives.
It is very useful to know that research findings tell us that undergraduates who participate in serious scholarly and related activities, within and/or outside their university campuses, reported significant gains in independence, possess higher intrinsic motivation to learn, are very active participants and successful in subsequent courses taken after their initial engagement in research experiences, and develop strong desire and tremendous determination to pursue advanced degree programs (Kardash, 2000; Lopatto, 2004, & Russell, etc al., 2007).
Thank you for visiting our WCU Undergraduate Student Research Website.
Always the very best that you can imagine and positively actualize,
M. Ehi Ayewoh, Ph.D., CALD
Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research
Kardash, C.M. (2000). Evaluation of an undergraduate research experience: perceptions of undergraduate interns and their faculty mentors. J. Educ. Psych., 92, 191-201.
Lopatto, D. (2004). Survey of undergraduate research experiences (SURE): first findings. Cell Biol. Educ., 3, 270-277.
Russell, S.H., Hancock, M.P., and McCullough, J. (2007). Benefits of undergraduate research experiences. Science, 316, 548-549.