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Research and Sponsored Programs


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Research and Sponsored Programs

Ehinger Office Annex
700 South Church St.
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436 3557

Nicole S. Bennett, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research and Creative Activity

Additional Contact Information

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) promotes and facilitates the research environment of WCU. We assist faculty and students who are interested in being involved in research on campus.

Log onto PIVOT using your WCU Credentials (for faculty, students and staff)

  1. Visit Pivot's Log-in Page
  2. Choose West Chester University from the drop down.
  3. Enter your current WCU Username and Password.
  4. Begin Searching!

Need Funding: Apply for a grant! What can ORSP do for you? NEW!! ORSP Proposal Routing Form for Grants/Contracts Fast Facts for submitting Grants



 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) 

Information for the Summer of 2020 SURI program will be available in November 2019.

The purpose of SURI is to:

  • Increase the interest in and opportunities for undergraduate research in all disciplines by providing a focused research opportunity for students.
  • Promote collaboration among students and between students and faculty for scholarly research.- Establish a community of undergraduate scholars, where the students develop basic skills in all aspects for conducting research including project development, research compliance (when appropriate), and dissemination.
  • Promote critical and analytical thinking skills and prepare undergraduate students for graduate-level studies and/or careers. 

Selected applicants will receive a stipend to work full-time (40 hours/week) over five weeks during summer 2020 to participate in:

  • Research and creative activity under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
  • Field trips to relevant regional industry and private institutions related to their research and creative activity.
  • An invited speaker series.
  • A SURI closing event during which they will present their work (poster, presentation, or performance).

 Fall 2020 Research and Creative Activity Day will be held on April 3, 2020

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will host the Spring 2020 Research and Creative Activity Day on April 3, 2020 in the Sykes Student Union. This event highlights student, faculty and administrators research and creative activity from all academic disciplines by providing a forum for posters, oral presentations, works of art, and theatre performances. 

The schedule for the day will be provided in March 2020.

If you have any  questions, please contact or 610-436-3557

WCU ORSP Announces New Faculty Forum Series

The following Faculty Forums are planned for the Fall of 2019:

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019, in Phillips Lower Level Conference Room from 11:30am – 1:00pm. The topic is "Community Research Partnerships: WCU and the West Chester Area School District"
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019, in Sykes 10A from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. The topic is "WCU Research Highlights: Latin American Studies"

Faculty Forums offer a venue during which faculty members present the results of their work, share ideas, and discuss needs in the context of a research and creative activity theme that crosses several disciplines. During these forums, we hope to encourage scholarly conversations among faculty members who might not normally meet each other in the interest of igniting collaborations.

Look out for an RFP for Communities of Practice in the upcoming academic year! Communities of Practice are faculty teams that meet on a regular basis to learn more about an area of mutual interest and: Continue or initiate research and creative activity collaborations, read and discuss disciplinary and interdisciplinary literature related to the topic, write proposals together and proofread and edit each other's scholarly manuscripts

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