The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) fosters high impact student learning through faculty-mentored scholarship and creative production. Undergraduate Research (UR) consists of academic projects undertaken by a student or team of students, and a faculty mentor. UR projects explore a research question, and require a scholarly or creative product intended for public presentation and/or publication. The Undergraduate Research Program offers support for students to advance their education, and become active members of the intellectual/professional community of Virginia Wesleyan University and beyond.

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Research Project Grants

The Undergraduate Research Program awards grants to faculty mentored students in order to support student projects. UR projects should search for novel scholarly insights and/or produce original creative work, add to the existing body of knowledge within a discipline, and involve critical inquiry regarding the process and/or results of a given project.

Project Grants Application

Research Conference Travel Grants

In order to support student endeavors to become active participants in a chosen academic discipline, the URP also accepts grant applications from students with faculty mentors for grants that support student travel to present or attend academic conferences.

Apply to present a UR project at a conference
Apply to attend a conference without presenting

Academic Symposium

The Academic Symposium is a conference-style event held each semester where students share their research work. As part of the discussions accompanying these presentations, students are encouraged to reflect upon their experiences and offer advice to other students who are preparing to undertake their own experiences.

Learn more about the Academic Symposium


SHIPP is a competitive program that offers grants and academic support to Virginia Wesleyan students to undertake credit-bearing internship, research, or study away experiences during the summer.

Learn more about SHIPP

Questions About Research?

If you have questions about the Research Program please email: