As a student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, you have the opportunity to conduct research under the mentorship and guidance of distinguished faculty. Engaging in undergraduate research provides you with an experiential learning opportunity – you will have the chance to apply the theories and methods you’ve learned through your coursework, gain exposure to the dialogues and debates of current scholarship in the field, and explore new ways of thinking. Furthermore, conducting undergraduate research can make you a more attractive candidate for graduate school, employment, as well as national fellowship programs, and will provide you with professional and academic connections that last a lifetime.
One option for securing financial support to conduct undergraduate research is the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) Program offered through The University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
Keep this in mind as well: after you complete your research, there are abundant opportunities to share it with others including the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference and Eastern Sociological Society meetings. Each year, students in our department have participated in these conferences by either giving a presentation or preparing a poster about their research. Students receive coaching from faculty members, transportation is provided to the conference, and participation is free, so talk to your professor about this opportunity today!