Undergraduate Research includes scholarly projects in which both faculty and students are collaborative partners in examining, creating, and sharing new knowledge or works in ways consistent with practices in the discipline.

The Drinko Center currently supports Undergraduate Research at Westminster College through two major aims, but our services and offerings will continue to grow.

1) Support student research through supply grants and travel grants for students presenting their research externally.

2) Organizing the The Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration (URAC), a day-long event showcasing the collaborative work between Westminster faculty and students. 

Summer Research Fellowship Application

This program supports student/faculty pairs from any academic discipline who wish to engage in scholarly research or creative projects during the summer. This program involves a competitive application process and the funding for the selected fellows includes stipends for both team members over a four or six week period.

Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research

Karen K. Resendes 


(724) 946-7211


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Student Grants

This program supports the undertaking of research projects and creative activities performed by undergraduates at Westminster College by providing funds for the purchase of supplies and equipment, travel to a research sites, libraries, data sources or training, and acquiring data sets or software.

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The travel grant program supports performances and/or presentations at professional conferences of student research in any discipline including work in visual and performing arts.

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This program supports students to attend the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), an event dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Selected students will travel as a group to NCUR with Drinko center selected faculty representatives. Students who receive an NCUR Travel grant are not eligible for an individual travel or research grant in the same academic year.

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Faculty Led Grants

The group grant program is intended to support either: 1) Group research projects or 2) Performances/presentations at professional conferences by groups of students (where multiple students are part of a single presentation or performance) in any discipline including work in visual and performing arts disciplines. This form is only intended for group travel where multiple students will be part of a single presentation or performance. The supporting faculty member is responsible for form submission. 

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