While Valparaiso University primarily has an undergraduate teaching mission, the institution advocates and fosters a climate of systematic inquiry by supporting faculty and student research and by encouraging faculty-student collaboration on projects. Research at Valparaiso University embodies many kinds of activities, from review of pertinent literature and fine arts performance and analysis to the specification and conduct of projects of inquiry. Some of these activities may lead to publication; all enrich classroom instruction by expanding the professor’s awareness of the complexity and richness of life through the development of new analytical perspectives. In other words, research informs good teaching.

In order to encourage creative work and research on the part of its faculty members, Valparaiso University offers opportunity for appropriate recognition and financial assistance for such work through award programs administered by the Creative Work and Research Committee. These programs, for undergraduate faculty and students, include the following:

  • University Research Professorships
  • Philip and Miriam Kapfer Faculty Research Award
  • Wheat Ridge Ministries – O.P. Kretzmann Memorial Fund Grants
  • Summer Research Fellowships
  • Creative Work and Research Expense Grants
  • Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work
  • Guild Undergraduate Creative Work and Research Expense Grants
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Housing Grants
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