enhances the educational experience of ESU students in all disciplines.
Involvement in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity (URSCA) is a high-impact educational practice with numerous benefits for students, including increased retention, graduation, and graduate school enrollment rates; improved critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills; intellectual independence and confidence; and enhanced understanding of research methodologies and practices within a given discipline.
ESU actively facilitates a robust experience for its undergraduate students. Whether it’s crafting literature reviews or studying DNA with science professors, research experiences provide ESU students with lifelong knowledge that helps shape their personal career pathway. Mentored by professors who truly care, undergraduate students at ESU are inspired to make a difference in their communities through high-impact learning experiences.
ESU students present their research at various local, national and international conferences. Some students' projects are published in scholarly journals. To inquire about specific research opportunities, please contact the chair of the specific department.
External Research Grants and Events for Undergraduates
Research Experiences for Undergraduates: National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
The URC-PA poster Conference is an educational event allowing undergraduate students enrolled in Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities to showcase their research talents to the Commonwealth’s key decision-makers. All fields of research are encouraged. As a participant, you will spend the day in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, share experiences and ideas with your counterparts from other schools, and enlighten your state legislators on the topics that are important to you and our society. When possible, a visit to either the Senate or House Chamber is part of the day’s events.
CUR Posters on the Hill, Washington D.C.: The Council on Undergraduate Research accepts submissions for an annual Poster on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. This is a competitive event, giving students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their representatives, and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research.
Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research: The Scientific Research Honor Society Sigma Xi awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Science offers grants to support undergraduate student research in the natural, physical, or social sciences. Grants are typically for $500 or less.