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At Saint Francis University, almost every discipline incorporates research into the student experience. It isn't uncommon to see students as early as their freshman year working along side a Ph.D. faculty mentor on projects that matter. 

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  • Office of Student Research

    The goal of the Office of Student Research is to foster the culture of student research at Saint Francis University at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Student research has become an important part of the academic experience in all four of the university's academic schools.  The office aims to celebrate research efforts on our campus.

    Research Day

    The Annual Saint Francis University Student Research Day celebrates research projects conducted on our campus. Poster presenters were available to discuss their research and answer questions. 

    Pictures and video from previous events:

    2017 Student Research Day

    2016 Student Research Day

    2015 Student Research Day

    Pre-College Research Academy

    The Pre-College Research Academy helps high school students better their understanding of research and learning in a college environment. By working closely with Saint Francis University undergraduates and faculty members on research projects for twelve months, the high school students explore areas of interest and gain experiences and skills that will benefit them academically and professionally. The research projects act as a catalyst introducing students to potential academic career paths.

    The opportunities for student research are not limited to a particular school or discipline. All four academic schools of the university including Arts & Letters, Business, Health Sciences, and Sciences engage in student research. Students from a wide variety of disciplines take advantage of these opportunities. The 2018 Research Topics are:

    • Visualization of the Surface of Acid Mine Drainage. Faculty advisor: Dr. Edward Zovinka
    • Writing Empathy, Learning Compassion: The Emotional Life of a Hospice Health Care Professional. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Roxana Caza
    • The Neuroscience of Stress. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg
    • Flow Visualization Utilizing Airborne Thermography. Faculty Advisor: Br. Marius Strom
    • Effects of a sensory friendly classroom on Kindergarten children’s  attention skills during classroom tasks (fine motor, visual motor). Faculty Advisors: Dr. Julie Nagle and Dr. Jennifer Misiura
    • Comparing the Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Tripeptides to Traditional Peptide Synthesis Methods. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Balazs Hargittai
    Spectrum: Journal of Student Research

    The Spectrum: Journal of Student Research is a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal featuring the works of Saint Francis University students, launched to showcase the work of students who have become engaged in research at our University. 

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  • Research News