Student Research and Scholarship

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Student Research and Scholarship describes a variety of extracurricular experiences in which students conduct an independent scholarly investigation of a field under the guidance of a faculty member. Students engaging in research and other forms of scholarship work on their projects outside of their academic curriculum and class time, and their work culminates in a report or presentation of their findings. Student research may result in publication within the scholarly literature or formal presentations at conferences, poster sessions or other competitions and events.

Muhlenberg College has a vibrant summer research community in which students and faculty collaborate on a variety of student or faculty driven research projects. On average, approximately 40 student scholars stay on campus for the summer to perform research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.These students were funded from a variety of sources including Summer Research Grants from the Dean of Academic Life, Research Collaboration grants from the Provost’s office, and generous alumni and friends of the college. Some student research is also funded through external grants to faculty members. Students are typically on campus for 8-10 weeks of full-time research for which they receive a stipend, housing and college credit.  

Most of the summer research community is engaged in research within the science division. This community of science student researchers supports a weekly summer seminar series in which students discuss their work within the scientific community, as well as an annual poster session in which students present their work to the campus community at large. Many students continue their summer research during the academic year by registering for independent study credit or through a research assistantship under the guidance of a faculty member.