Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

Villanova is a strong presence in the national fellowship competitions. Since 1993, more than 950 Villanova students have applied for national fellowships. Of those, 258 advanced to finalist status while 144 received awards.

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships also administers the Presidential Scholarship Program and maintains an ever-growing list of scholarships, fellowships, research grants, and internships for our students to investigate. If you are a student interested in any of these opportunities, or if you are a faculty member working with a qualified, motivated student, please feel free to stop by our office in Garey Hall 38 or call at 610-519-8803.

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Nick Ader

Villanova Presidential Scholar Stephen Sechler selected as 2016 Mitchell Scholar!

Presidential Scholar, Stephen Sechler (B.S. Electrical Engineering), was selected as a 2016 George J Mitchell Scholar.  The Mitchell Scholarship honors Sen George Mitchell for his work in negotiating peace in Northern Ireland, and it is among the most prestigious of the nationally competitive awards.  Stephen is the second Villanovan to receive this honor; Ivanley Noisette (CLAS, Class of 2008), won the award in 2010. Such recognition provides evidence of the excellence of Villanova’s students and the education and mentoring they receive from our outstanding faculty and staff.

As a Mitchell Scholar, Stephen will be studying Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin in order to develop improved auditory technology for the hearing-impaired.  Real more about Stephen and his accomplishments in a press release from the US-Ireland Alliance website!

Nick Ader

Villanova Presidential Scholar Nicholas Ader Selected as a 2016 Marshall Scholar!

Nicholas Ader ‘15 LAS, has been selected as a 2016 Marshall Scholar! The Marshall Scholarship is an enormously presitigious award that finances intellectually exceptional Americans to study for a degree in the United Kingdom.  Nick will be one of only 40 Americans to receive such an award for 2016, with the hope that they will strengthen the "enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and institutions."  Nick is graduating in 2015 with a double major in Biochemistry and Biology, and will continue his studies by pursuing a degree in Molecular Biology at Cambridge next year.  Congratulations Nick!

Jessic Wamala

Villanova University’s Jessica Wamala Wins Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

The third Rhodes Scholar in University history, Villanova student-athlete Jessica Wamala will study at Oxford University beginning in fall 2014

VILLANOVA, Pa., Nov. 25, 2013 – Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, on Saturday announced the names of the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. Jessica Wamala (Milford, N.H.) became the third Villanova University student-athlete in the institution’s history to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Nnenna Lynch ’93 and Becky Spies ’95 – former Academic All-Americans and track and field/cross country standouts at Villanova – earned Rhodes Scholarships in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. Continue to Full Press Release


Villanova Presidential Scholar Joana Petrescu Selected As Prestigious 2014 Marshall Scholar

Scholarship Will Support Petrescu’s post-graduate research in cancer biology at the University of Cambridge, England

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University Presidential Scholar Joana Petrescu ’14 LAS, a senior from Warrington, Pa., has been named a 2014 recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, making her the first-ever Villanovan and one of only 34 college students nationwide selected to win this prestigious honor. The award will support two years of post-graduate research in cancer biology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Continue to Full Press Release

Contact Information

Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
Garey Hall 38
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Kurt Davies
Co-Interim Director
Assistant Director for Fellowships

Catherine Stecyk
Co-Interim Director
Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research

Louis Bolling
Administrative Coordinator

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