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Research and Sponsored Programs


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Research and Sponsored Programs

611 Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436 3557

Nicole S. Bennett, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research and Creative Activity

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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.

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  1. Visit Pivot's Log-in Page
  2. Choose West Chester University from the drop down.
  3. Enter your current WCU Username and Password.
  4. Begin Searching!

Need Funding: Apply for a grant! What can ORSP do for you? Internal Grant Cover Sheet Fast Facts for submitting Grants



Inviting Applications for our 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) - Due February 1, 2019

West Chester University invites applications for our 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI). Proposals are due February 1, 2019.

The purpose of SURI is to:

  • Increase the interest in and opportunities for undergraduate research in all disciplines by providing a focused research opportunity for students.
  • Promote collaboration among students and between students and faculty for scholarly research.- Establish a community of undergraduate scholars, where the students develop basic skills in all aspects for conducting research including project development, research compliance (when appropriate), and dissemination.
  • Promote critical and analytical thinking skills and prepare undergraduate students for graduate-level studies and/or careers. 

Selected applicants will receive a stipend to work full-time (40 hours/week) over five weeks during summer 2019 (May 27 through June 28) to participate in:

  • Research and creative activity under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
  • Field trips to relevant regional industry and private institutions related to their research and creative activity.
  • An invited speaker series.
  • A SURI closing event during which they will present their work (poster, presentation, or performance).

During the summer, awardees will have the opportunity to apply for a 3-week extension (July 1 through July 19).

There are TWO STEPS to the application process.  Both parts of the application are due on February 1, 2019.

STEP 1:  Go to the SURI Request for Proposals link (provided below) to learn more about SURI eligibility and funding, review the selection criteria, and fill out the Application Form.

SURI 2019 Application Form

Faculty Mentor Recommendation Form

STEP 2:  The research or creative activity mentor must fill out the Faculty Mentor Evaluation form (attached) and email it to  The Faculty Mentor Evaluation forms will only be accepted if e-mailed from a research or creative activity mentor’s address.


 Fall 2018 Research and Creative Activity Day was held on November 8th

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) hosted the Fall 2018 Research & Creative Activity Day on Thursday, November 8, 2018. This event highlighted student, faculty and administrators research and creative activity from all academic disciplines by providing a forum for presentations. There were over 50 poster presentations, 47 of which had student presenters; 11 oral presentations, 9 of which had student presenters; a student led theatre performance, and a student produced work of art.  All colleges were represented!

Fall 2019 Research and Creative Activity Day Abstract Book

Abstract Submission Form

The Next Research Day will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd.  

If you have any  questions, please contact or 610-436-3557


The State System of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) was established by Board of Governors’ Policy 1985-06-A, “to encourage continuous attention to the professional growth and development of System faculty as teaching scholars.” The Council has addressed a wide range of faculty interests, needs, and talents, and provides professional development opportunities for faculty at all levels and in all disciplines and professional fields. The FPDC Annual Grant Program is intended to provide professional growth opportunities for individual faculty incorporated with the three strategic priorities of the Board of Governors in the System Redesign, which includes a strong focus on projects that encourage student success.


The Board of Governors has affirmed three strategic priorities as part of redesigning the System for Pennsylvania’s future:

•     Ensuring Student Success

•     Leveraging University Strengths

•     Transforming the Governance and Leadership Structure

 Student Success is the #1 priority.  Therefore, the FPDC determined at its Spring 2018 meeting that it will support Student Success in the FY2019 Annual Grant Program. As a result, all proposals must address Student Success by describing how the individual(s)’ professional development will translate to an impact on students, i.e. impact on faculty teaching and student learning. Examples of such impact include but are not limited to professional development that enables faculty to implement High Impact Practices, which include joint faculty-student research

Because this is a highly competitive, limited submission program, there is an internal review deadline.  Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file via the D2L FPDC Resource Site by 5:00pm, Monday, January 14, 2019. Contact  if you have questions.
After this initial internal review process, faculty will have time to revise and resubmit their proposals as a single PDF file via the D2L FPDC Resource Site by 5:00pm, Monday, February 11, 2018. Up to sixteen proposals, will be forwarded to the PASSHE FPDC Review Committee from the WCUB Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2019.  Faculty members are not allowed to submit proposals directly to the PASSHE FPDC Review Committee.

If you are interested in applying for the FPDC Annual Grant Program, you are encouraged to attend one of these workshops led by Catherine Spaur:
·         December 4, 2018, Sykes, room 257, 12:00-1:00pm
·         December 5, 2018, Sykes, room 257, 12:00-1:00pm
Please RSVP for the workshops at 

Link to Full Request For Proposals


WCU ORSP Announces New Faculty Forum Series

Faculty Forums offer a venue during which faculty members present the results of their work, share ideas, and discuss needs in the context of a research and creative activity theme that crosses several disciplines. During these forums we hope to encourage scholarly conversations among faculty members who might not normally meet each other in the interest of igniting collaborations. 

Please join us for our fourth Faculty Forum "The Opioid Crisis"  which will be held on Wednesday, February 27th from 10:00 - 11:30 AM in the Philips Lower Level Conference Room.

Presenters will be:

  1. Ashlie Delshad PhD & Mary Beth Gilboy, PhD, MPH, RDN, Political Science & Nutrition. Factors Associated with Food Insecurity among WCU College Students.
  2. Kimberly Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, RDN, Nutrition. Community Food Security: What does democracy have to do with it?
  3. Susan L. Johnston, PA-C, PhD, Anthropology & Sociology. Food and Water Security in Rwanda.

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