The Center for Research and Fellowships’ (CRF) annual Student Research Symposium returned in-person in November 2021. A virtual event, “Outstanding Research at Villanova” took its place in September 2020, with a mix of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty giving brief presentations.
This year, more than 125 accomplished undergraduate students who engaged in summer research—either on-campus or at other institutions—had the opportunity to share their work with the University community. A CRF-sponsored event since 2009, the Symposium is both a showcase of the students’ work and a vital professional development experience.
The Student Research Symposium challenges students to distill and communicate complex ideas and findings in a succinct and accessible way. Such presentation skills are vitally important for researchers, and this experience helps build a robust foundation upon which our students can build. Numerous symposium participants have gone on to continue their research beyond Villanova, winning prestigious national fellowships and awards and earning admission to some of the most prestigious graduate and doctoral programs in the U.S.
This 2021 symposium featured undergraduate and graduate students—representing the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and Nursing—discussing their work through poster or oral presentations. Among the 2021 symposium’s participants are 125 undergraduates, many of whom received a grant through one of CRF’s undergraduate research programs: the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows, CRF Research and Travel Grant, and CRF Summer Housing Award.