Undergraduate Research

Research — It's not just for graduate students!

At Virginia Wesleyan College, students engage in research! Every year 34% of our seniors undertake the challenging task of producing original research. Student researchers are active collecting samples, visiting archives, conducting surveys and experiments, poring over texts, running code, and writing. They emerge from this quest not only with papers, posters, and presentations, but also with new knowledge and a deeper understanding of their fields.

Virginia Wesleyan student-researchers have tackled a variety of topics, including:

At Virginia Wesleyan College, students from all across the disciplines engage in independent research. From Criminal Justice to Classical Studies, most academic departments provide research opportunities. Majors such as Biology, English, History, Political Science, and Psychology require students to conduct research as the capstone experience of the program. In addition, students aiming to graduate summa cum laude complete research projects as part of the Latin Honors requirement. All along the way, student-researchers are supported and guided by dedicated faculty mentors.

Students Research Projects Student ResourcesGrant Opportunities

Student Publications Student Conferences


Teresa Gorman ‘15 (Art) preparing pigment samples with the Scanning Electron Microscope, March 2015

Upcoming Events

Tues., April 11, 11 a.m.
Writing an Abstract
Lighthouse Commons

Fri., April 14
Titles for Port Day research presentations due

Tues., April 18, 11 a.m.
Creating a Research Poster/Oral Presentation
Lighthouse Commons

Wed., April 19
Abstracts for Port Day research presentations due

Thurs., April 27
Port Day posters due

Wed., May 3
Port Day Oral presenters’ presentations due


Undergraduate Research Events