Research at Saint Francis University
Saint Francis University
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 alongside a Ph.D. faculty mentor on projects that matter.
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
- Student research provides the opportunity for our students to learn outside the classroom, and to use their skills during the summer months when they can concentrate on conducting research and working together with a faculty mentor and with other students. Student research can be a transformational experience for students when working on an independent project, where they can explore topics close to their interests.
- Student research aids with the post-graduation placement of our graduates. It has helped them with securing interviews with potential employers as research can compensate for required years of experience in industry. It makes them stand out from the large pool of applicants for various professional schools and makes them desired candidates for graduate school. In addition, research and presentation of their research at conferences helps students build a network of professional correspondences that will benefit them in their professional life.
Student Research Projects
The Office of Student Research funds over 50 research projects each year. Students from all disciplines can apply for research funding. The research grants can be used for support in the following manner:
- summer housing on campus
- research supplies, equipment, conference participation
- travel / lodging
- summer wages
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