Expand your mind, broaden your horizon
Among the many academic experiences offered at Penn State Schuylkill is the opportunity to collaborate with a Penn State faculty member on an original research project. Students are able to investigate important issues related to their academic interests by working one-on-one with a faculty member or as part of a supervised research team.
Penn State Schuylkill's undergraduate researchers participate in a wide array of research across various disciplines, from humanities to business to STEM and more. These research experiences often lead students to:
- present their work at regional and national conferences
- publish papers in peer-reviewed academic journals
- travel for data collection and/or research presentations
- gain hands-on experience that helps position students for graduate school admissions, including medical school, or career growth
These projects are sometimes part of a course for which students earn academic credits, or a student can serve as a wage assistant during the regular semester or summer.
Each semester, Penn State Schuylkill hosts events where students have the opportunity to present their original research to the campus community. Students may create research posters or deliver an oral presentation outlining their work, and these events often serve as test runs for students who go on to share their work at regional and national conferences.
Students who are interested in becoming undergraduate researchers should contact Dr. Lee Silverberg, professor of chemistry and STEM Division coordinator, to get connected with a faculty research mentor.
OVPCC Undergraduate Student Research Fund
In fall of 2023, Penn State's Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses (OVPCC) is launching the brand-new OVPCC Undergraduate Student Research Fund. This initiative is a commitment to support and grow undergraduate student research opportunities at the Commonwealth Campuses.
Students are eligible for up to $2,500 towards project costs and living expenses, and are required to be enrolled in undergraduate courses at one of Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses, along with having a faculty research mentor. Projects should be the students own work, but they can be related to the supervising faculty member's research or scholarly interests. Students and faculty interested in the OVPCC Undergraduate Student Research Fund should contact Judith Bowman for information.
Applications for the 2023-24 academic year are due by Friday, October 27.
Undergraduate Research Center
Penn State Schuylkill's Undergraduate Research Center, located in L207 Ciletti Memorial Library, is a place for students and faculty to collaborate on their research in a dedicated space.
Dr. Cory Scherer
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Center
Associate Professor of Psychology
201C Administration Building