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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

Additional Contact Information

ORSP has moved! Our new location is on the 6th floor of Wayne Hall; Office 611

Call for Abstracts Released for Fall 2017 Research Day

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.

Log onto PIVOT using your WCU Credentials (for faculty, students and staff)

  1. Visit Pivot's Log-in Page (or enter a search term above)
  2. Choose West Chester University from the drop down.
  3. Enter your current WCU Username and Password.
  4. Begin Searching!


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.

Call For Abstracts!! Fall 2017 Research Day - Due October 20th, 2017

Research Days are semi-annual events that provide the only venue for all WCU faculty and students to present, discuss, and demonstrate research and scholarship in all disciplines. It also serves as a valuable forum for researchers to practice their presentations prior to upcoming regional and national conferences. The next Research Day will be held on November 8th from 10 AM - 3PM in Sykes Student Union.

Call for Abstracts--Due October 20th, 2017 (word download)

Notification of acceptance will be sent on Friday, October 27, 2017

Tentative Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM- 12:30 PM: Poster Presentations (Sykes Ballroom)
  • 1:00 PM-2:15 PM: Ignite (oral) presentations organized by topical focus areas in concurrent sessions (Sykes second floor meeting rooms)
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM: Awards Ceremony

Faculty Scholarly Writing Retreat


Have a manuscript or play that just needs some attention to get it over the finish line? Finding hard to find some time amidst all other responsibilities to work on a grant, presentation etc.? If yes, get scholarly writing done during fall break! We will offer space and structure, and form a community to hold each participant accountable to write.


WCU faculty engaged in any scholarly writing projects (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, books, grant proposals, conference presentations). Participants will need to bring their own writing equipment (e.g,, laptop, pen).


Quiet time with a small group of colleagues who are working on their writing projects. Participants will be writing most of the time, while holding brief discussions on writing goals and time management skills.


2017 Fall Break >> 10/9/17 (Mon) – 10/10/17 (Tues)

9:30-12:30 – Morning writing session

12:30-1:30 – Lunch & Discussion

1:30-3:00 – Afternoon writing/reading session


WCU FHG Library (Main Campus) Room #251 (Writing Center). Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. Organized by Office of Research and Sponsored Programs & Writing Center

Space is limited for 15 participants! Please RSVP here by 9/22/2017


Faculty PIVOT training - Watch for the Fall schedule

PIVOT is a subscription database that contains funding opportunities from over 11,500 sponsors and provides the ability for WCU faculty, student and staff to identify and connect to the most comprehensive source of Federal, State and private sector funding opportunities. Pivot also enables researchers to identify potential research partners inside or outside WCU. PIVOT access usign WCU signon(Shibboleth)

The next faculty PIVOT training session will be held in Fall semester.

  • Faculty desiring a PIVOT demo please feel free to contact Holly Jackson to schedule.
  • You must register for this course in advance, as space is limited.  Please visit the FAST training schedule homepage to register (Mouse over the course title located on the calendar in order to register).
  • A course description can be found here
  • You are required to create a PIVOT account before attending this training, please visit the find funding page of the Research website for instructions on how to create your PIVOT account.

Ask for a PIVOT Demo in your classroom by one of our Graduate Assistants: Email Holly Jackson

Questions? Contact us at 610-436-3557 or