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Research and Sponsored Programs


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Research and Sponsored Programs

Ehinger Office Annex
700 South Church St.
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? NEW!! ORSP Proposal Routing Form for Grants/Contracts Fast Facts for submitting Grants



 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) 

 In the Summer of 2019, WCU will hold its 4th annual  Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI).  Please change to: In the Summer of 2019, WCU held its 4th annual  Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI). 

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).

 Fall 2019 Research and Creative Activity Day will be held on October 31, 2019

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will host the 2019 Spring Research and Creative Activity day on April 3rd, 2019 in Sykes Student Union. This event highlights student, faculty and administrators research and creative activity from all academic disciplines by providing a forum for posters, oral presentations, works of art, and theatre performances. 

Below is a tentative schedule:

10:00am - 11:00am and 12:00pm-1:00pm: Works of Art and Poster Presentations -  Sykes Ballrooms A-B (same posters in both sessions)

11:15am - 11:45am: Performances  - Sykes Theater

11:45am – 2:00pm: Lunch Buffet - Sykes Ballroom A

12:30pm - 2:20pm: Student Research & Creative Activity (SRCA) Awardee Oral Presentations - Sykes Ballroom C

1:00pm – 2:00pm:  Oral Presentations - Sykes 2nd Floor Meeting Rooms

2:30pm - 3:00pm: SRCA & RCAD Awards Ceremony - Sykes Ballrooms C

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

WCU ORSP Announces New Faculty Forum Series

The following Faculty Forums are planned for the Fall of 2019:

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019, in Phillips Lower Level Conference Room from 11:30am – 1:00pm. The topic is "Community Research Partnerships: WCU and the West Chester Area School District"
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019, in Sykes 10A from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. The topic is "WCU Research Highlights: Latin American Studies"

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.

Look out for an RFP for Communities of Practice in the upcoming academic year! Communities of Practice are faculty teams that meet on a regular basis to learn more about an area of mutual interest and: Continue or initiate research and creative activity collaborations, read and discuss disciplinary and interdisciplinary literature related to the topic, write proposals together and proofread and edit each other's scholarly manuscripts

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