Research — It's not just for graduate students!
At Virginia Wesleyan University, students engage in research! Every year 34% of our seniors undertake the challenging task of producing original research. Student researchers are active collecting samples, visiting archives, conducting surveys and experiments, poring over texts, running code, and writing. They emerge from this quest not only with papers, posters, and presentations, but also with new knowledge and a deeper understanding of their fields.
Virginia Wesleyan student-researchers have tackled a variety of topics, including:
- analysis of color pigments using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
- clothing size and self-esteem
- intertextuality and feminine sacrifice in “Wuthering Heights” and the “Twilight Saga”
- mineral composition of Nicaraguan ceramic pieces
- morphological study of polymer electrolyte membranes
- “Nica Esperanza”: a documentary film
- stoicism in “Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria”
- swimming dynamics of the loggerhead sea turtle (caretta caretta)
- treating dementia: the effects of technology
At Virginia Wesleyan University, students from all across the disciplines engage in independent research. From Criminal Justice to Classical Studies, most academic departments provide research opportunities. Majors such as Biology, English, History, Political Science, and Psychology require students to conduct research as the capstone experience of the program. In addition, students aiming to graduate summa cum laude complete research projects as part of the Latin Honors requirement. All along the way, student-researchers are supported and guided by dedicated faculty mentors.