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About Us

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Welcome to the Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF).

Our Mission Statement: CRF is a results-oriented team of professionals that supports Villanovans at all levels—undergraduate, graduate, alumni, staff, and faculty—to enhance their career trajectories through mentoring, research funding, and assistance in winning competitive awards.

Our Diversity Commitment: CRF commits to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in line with Villanova University’s Mission and Diversity Statement. We strive to create a welcoming environment in all that we do, ensuring that all identities, perspectives, and experiences are heard, respected, and valued. Our community suffers when members live in fear of injustice and prejudice. We acknowledge that silence and inaction contribute to the continuation of ongoing structural inequalities. No one should be made to feel discounted or threatened because of their race, ethnicity, or any other identity. We commend and support the work that our community members are doing in advocating for change. Click here to see the actions we are taking to promote these core values.

National Scholarships and Fellowships:
Villanova has a very strong record in competitions for national scholarships and fellowships. For example, we have been a Fulbright Top-Producing Institution every year for the last 12 years in a row and have had students win prestigious and national fellowships every year. In terms of wins per student, Villanova outpaces almost every other national university. Learn about our 2020 Fellowship Recipients.

Student Research: We help undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni find, strategize, and apply for funding to do research. We also have several CRF programs that provide funding for undergraduates to do research and present the results of their findings.

Presidential Scholars Program: We provide mentorship and guidance to Presidential Scholars starting before they come to campus and continuing after they graduate.

Contact Information

Center for Research and Fellowships
Garey Hall 200 (top floor) 
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-8803
Fax: 610-519-6623

Michael Westrate
Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program

Catherine Stecyk
Associate Director, Center for Research and Fellowships

Chelsea Benincasa
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program

Kelsey Fenner
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships

Sage Milo
Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Research and Fellowships