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Research and Sponsored Programs


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Research and Sponsored Programs

611 Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436 3557

Vishal Shah
Interim Associate Vice President

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The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) promotes and facilitates the research environment of WCU. We assist faculty and students who are interested in being involved in research on campus.

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Sustainability Research Seminar Series Announced This Fall, join WCU’s Office of Sustainability in welcoming a dozen WCU scholars from a dozen academic fields presenting their research on topics that deepen our understanding of concepts and applications of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. See calendar below for dates/times.

Spring 2018 Research Day will be held on April 3rd in Sykes Student Union

Spring 2018 Research day provides a venue for all our students, faculty and administrators to present, discuss, and highlights their research and scholarship outcomes. It also serves as a valuable forum for students to practice their presentations prior to upcoming regional and national conferences.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three oral and poster student presenters ($125 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place)

The Symposium Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM: Poster Presentations (Sykes Ballrooms A-C)
  • 1:00 PM- 2:15 PM: Ignite (oral) presentations: organized by topical focus areas in concurrent sessions (Sykes student Union Second Floor Meeting Rooms)
  • 2:30 PM- 3:00 PM: Awards Ceremony (Sykes Ballrooms A-C)

Abstract Booklet

Oral Ignites Presentation List

Poster Presentations List

Call for Applications: Developing Research Agendas through Mentoring (DREAM)- **Due March 15th**

ORSP will coordinate a year-long professional development program for nominated tenure-track assistant professors. The participants will receive training to promote and strengthen their skills in developing a strong research agenda and becoming principal investigators of externally funded projects. Training will include best practices to identify funding opportunities, to build collaborations across disciplines and institutions, to communicate with a sponsor’s program officer, to write a grant proposal, and to ensure compliance with responsible conduct of research policies. Facilitated meetings for the participants will provide networking time. In addition to the training, each participant will identify a professional mentor who will provide advice related to expanding the participants’ research and scholarly portfolios by developing funding proposals, executing sponsored research projects, and publishing results in peer-reviewed publications.

More information about DREAM

We have made changes to the application process and this year all applications should be submitted to the dean of your respective School/College.  Dean will consider the applications and nominate one faculty from their respective School/College. 

DREAM application Form (word download)


***Call for Proposals: 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute***

The fifth WCU Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) is now accepting applications from current WCU undergraduate students and their WCU faculty mentors.  Program information and the joint student/faculty application can be found in the links below.  Selected applicants will spend five weeks during summer 2018 (June 4th through July 6th) conducting research and scholarly/creative work full-time (40 hours/week) under the direct supervision of a faculty member. At the end of the five-week program, interested students will be able to apply for a three-week extension to their experience, during which they can continue work on their projects. SURI allows undergraduate students to pursue a substantial research question, contribute to a scholarly endeavor, or to produce an artistic or creative work, while being mentored by a faculty member.

SURI 2018 Call For Proposals

SURI 2018 Joint Student/faculty Application Form

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