Research and Grants

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Fordham College at Rose Hill offers opportunities for our students majoring in all disciplines to pursue and disseminate research through three distinct avenues.

Grants

We offer three types of grants for eligible students interested in conducting research:

  • Undergraduate Research Grants: Financial support for students conducting research during the academic year.
  • Summer Research Grants: Financial support for students conducting research during the summer.
  • Travel Grants: Financial support for students presenting their research at a professional conference.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduates from all majors and programs are invited to present their original work through poster presentations, oral presentations, and artwork at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Undergraduate Research Symposium also provides a great opportunity for students across the disciplines to share their academic projects.

The Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal

The Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal (FURJ) is a student-run journal that features high quality, peer-reviewed, original research conducted by undergraduate students in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. FURJ also includes scholarly book reviews, review essays, and feature articles. All research articles undergo a rigorous double-blind peer and faculty review process. FURJ is published annually – in print and online – in the spring semester. FURJ welcomes submissions from current Fordham students and recent graduates as well as students from other universities who conducted research at Fordham.

Undergraduate Research by Student Discipline

What is Undergraduate Research?

Undergraduate Research at Fordham College at Rose Hill is a voluntary, encouraged experience that allows students of all disciplines to engage in faculty-mentored research projects. Research is the process of gathering information to answer a focused inquiry that solves a real problem. This process allows students to take ownership of their learning by contributing new knowledge to their disciplines while developing deeper relationships with their faculty and peers.

The three main components of the undergraduate research program include:

  • Grant funding
  • Symposium presentation
  • The Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal

Ways of Engaging in Undergraduate Research

  • Pursuing your own focused question: perform self-initiated research under the guidance of a faculty mentor in that field of research.
  • Participate in the on-going research of a faculty member: work collaboratively with that faculty member on his or her professional research.
  • Enroll in a course with a research component.
  • As a starting place, visit the database of Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Developing a Research Question

The goal of research is to help solve a problem and not simply to rehash what has been discovered.

In research, solving a problem is answering an important question. While a faculty mentor is a great resource to help develop a focused and feasible research question, you should consider the following points before meeting with a faculty member about research:

  • What topics are you interested in and what questions need to be answered in that field? Remember that the key to good research is contributing novel (new) perspectives and answers.
  • Is your topic too broad? You need to be able to assemble evidence in support of your answer—is the scope of your ambition manageable from a data collection standpoint? Can you complete the project within a specified time period for your research?
  • Is there a feasible methodology to answer your question? In other words, how will you go about answering this question? What resources are available?
  • Is it ethical to ask and answer this question? (Unacceptable physical risks or invasion of privacy?)

Remember, faculty are often looking for students to aid them with their own research where focused, feasible questions have already been determined. Your role may be a more narrow scope of a broader project. Nonetheless, when aiding faculty, these primary questions should always be at the forefront of your participation.

Finding a Mentor

Over 90 faculty members mentored students in undergraduate research last year alone. Don’t know who to ask?

  • Check out the database of active, ongoing opportunities with faculty members. These are opportunities ranging from established labs to individual opportunities with professors simply interested in mentoring your research.
  • Visit the associate chair of the department in which you are interested in doing research—the Associate Chair can often make great faculty referrals within the department.
  • Talk to one of your professors after class about either his/her or their colleagues’ research. They too can make a great referral to a potential mentor.