Undergraduate Student Research

Gautam Pillay, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
628 S. High Street
Filano Hall, Room 205
Fax: 610-436-2689


Why Do Research?

What is Research?

Research is a process of careful inquiry leading to the discovery of new information. Although there are some differences in how research is conducted across disciplines, research is not restricted to certain disciplines and you can find research opportunities in all programs at WCU.

Why Do Research While You’re an Undergraduate Student?

Research allows you to pursue your interests, to learn something new, to hone your problem-solving skills and to challenge yourself in new ways. Working on a faculty-initiated research project gives you the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor.

Some of the many benefits of conducting undergraduate research include:

  • Enhancing your understanding and knowledge of your academic field.
  • Seeking answers to questions of great interest to you.
  • Learning skills in communication (written and oral), critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management.
  • Refining your academic, career, and personal goals.
  • Gaining academic credentials that help expand your resume, such as presenting at conferences, publishing, and working with a research team.
  • Exploring research techniques.
  • Earning academic credit, scholarships, stipends, and/or awards for having conducted research.

Working on an undergraduate research project will allow you to leave WCU with an experience and a product that represents the distillation of your interests and studies, and possibly, a real contribution to knowledge in your discipline.


Highlighted Projects

Andrew Lowy, Theatre Arts
Faculty Mentor: Professor. Leonard Kelly
“Assassins”: A Dramaturgy Study in Collaboration with The Department of Theatre and Dance and University Theatre’s Production of “Assassins”

Caroline Baran, Cell and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Melissa Betz Cichowicz
Effects of Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factors on Body Cell Mass in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kip Migdalias, English
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eleanor Shevlin
The Female Author, Or “The Female Quixote” as an Example of Charlotte Lennox’s Utilization of Common Authorial Moves and Techniques in Order to Promote both Her Novel and Her Career in the Eighteenth Century