At Saint Francis University, almost every discipline incorporates research into the student experience. It isn't uncommon to see students as early as their freshman year working along side a Ph.D. faculty mentor on projects that matter.
The goal of the Office of Student Research is to foster the culture of student research at Saint Francis University at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Student research has become an important part of the academic experience in all four of the university's academic schools. The office aims to celebrate research efforts on our campus.
Student research provides the opportunity for our students to learn outside the classroom, and to use their skills during the summer months when they can concentrate on conducting research and working together with a faculty mentor and with other students. Student research can be a transformational experience for students when working on an independent project, where they can explore topics close to their interests.
Student research aids with the post-graduation placement of our graduates. It has helped them with securing interviews with potential employers as research can compensate for required years of experience in industry. It makes them stand out from the large pool of applicants for various professional schools and makes them desired candidates for graduate school. In addition, research and presentation of their research at conferences helps students build a network of professional correspondences that will benefit them in their professional life.
The Office of Student Research funds over 50 research projects each year. Students from all disciplines can apply for research funding. The research grants can be used for support in the following manner:- summer housing on campus- research supplies, equipment, conference participation- travel / lodging - summer wages
Below are a list of current research projects along with the faculty mentor:
The Annual Saint Francis University Student Research Day celebrates research projects conducted on our campus. Poster presenters were available to discuss their research and answer
2017 Student Research Day
2016 Student Research Day
2015 Student Research Day
The Pre-College Research Academy helps high school students better their understanding of research and learning in a college environment. By working closely with Saint Francis University undergraduates and faculty members on research projects for twelve months, the high school students explore areas of interest and gain experiences and skills that will benefit them academically and professionally. The research projects act as a catalyst introducing students to potential academic career paths.
The opportunities for student research are not limited to a particular school or discipline. All four academic schools of the university including Arts & Letters, Business, Health Sciences, and Sciences engage in student research. Students from a wide variety of disciplines take advantage of these opportunities. The 2018 Research Topics are:
Spectrum: Journal of Student Research is a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal featuring
the works of Saint Francis University students, launched to showcase the
work of students who have become engaged in research at our University.
Students presented posters on internships and research projects completed over the summer
“I will build my own oil/gas company after I complete my degree; this is my plan and I am working hard to make it happen."
Since well-before her high school graduation, Teresa Reid knew studying engineering was her calling. Now a sophomore PNGE and applied mathematics double major, Reid has already received awards, research grants and an internship in her field.
English and Philosophy double major, Shayna Boisvert, will be presenting at the National Popular Cultural Association Convention held in Washington, DC, this spring and is also seeking publication for a novel she wrote.
Environmental Engineering students get hands-on experience working on real projects from local organizations. Read about a recent project installing weirs.
From a young age, Jack Weidner always thought that he wanted to be a doctor, but he also had a passion for writing and the arts.
Read how Jack combined his passions
Learning how to treat mine drainage has always been a staple of the Environmental Engineering Department’s curriculum at Saint Francis University because of its serious environmental impact and prevalence throughout the region.
Dr. Edward Timmons' article, entitled "More and More Jobs Today Require a License. That's Good For Some Workers, But Not Always For Consumers", highlights the effects of occupational licensing.
Read the article
Biology major, Emily Miller, attended Undergraduate Research Day the Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg.
Four PNGE students presented their final class project on the explosion and oil spill that occurred from the massive, mobile oil rig, Deepwater Horizon.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering students Zachary Rohland, John Sheesley, and Guofang Zheng presented their research posters at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Pittsburgh Section meeting.
SFU provides opportunities for students to engage in research alongside with faculty mentors as early as their Freshman year. At most colleges, students won’t do research until they are in a graduate program.
SFU Environmental Engineering students and faculty welcomed Dr. Pedro Luis Borges Chaffe, a Fulbright Scholar from Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis-Brazil, for an invited lecture.
Thirteen students plus faculty and staff members from Saint Francis University and Juniata College took a four-day field trip to the Adirondacks to study Winter Ecology.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Program received 15 licenses and a maintenance contract valued at nearly $60 million for use over the next three years that includes a variety of Schlumberger software products.
The Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University hosted a Winter Watershed Festival on Monday, December 18th.
Dr. Alireza Shahkarami, Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program, received a $70,000 grant from the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund for Undergraduate Research.
Students looking to study abroad have another option this year to go global: spring break in the Galapagos Islands.
The Institute for Energy was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from Constellation Energy to help support the new tiny classroom traveling to schools and events around the state.
Tiny Classroom Nears Completion
Researchers from Saint Francis University, the University of Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania State University have found that exposure to trace metals from potatoes grown in soil irrigated with waters from the Potosi mining region in Bolivia may put residents at risk of non-cancer health illnesses.
Two first-year biology students discover larvae of rare Tiger Spiketail dragonfly!
Learn more about their discovery
The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium donated 2 axolotls to Saint Francis University Biology department.
Read more about axolotls
Teams of SFU students spent their summer investigating biodiversity in local streams and ponds affected by pollution.
Learn About Their Research
Combining his passions for studying war and gender studies, Harry has investigated individual women’s lives during the American Civil War in order to make arguments about the “domestic war” within homes.
Read about his research
While conducting research as a history major at Saint Francis, Nick's personal commitment to his own faith, as well as current events left him questioning the tolerance of one particular faith -- Islam.
Thanks to a generous donation from Gwin Dobson & Foreman Consulting Engineers the Environmental Engineering department has an Armfield hydraulic flume to use in classroom teaching and in student research.
Learn more about this donation.
Eight-year-old Dallas Mosier wants to be a forensic scientist when she grows up. Fast forward 14 years, and you will find her still in full pursuit of her dreams.
Alumni Profile Dallas Mosier
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