Valparaiso University offers several opportunities to support student research and creative works for both undergraduate and graduate students. Research and creative works projects are undertaken by students all across campus, during the academic year as well as the summer. Students have the opportunity to present their research in poster sessions or showcase their creative works at campus-wide symposia. More information about our student research opportunities and events can be found at Undergraduate Research.
Many Valpo faculty members obtain grant funding to support their research interests. These projects typically include opportunities for students to serve as research assistants, gaining valuable experience to supplement classroom lessons. Students interested in working on a faculty-led project should contact faculty in their department.
Grants for Student Researchers
Valparaiso University offers a few different grants for student researchers. These grants are administered by the Creative Works and Research Committee.
- Guild Undergraduate Creative Work and Research Expense Grants – These grants support research-related expenses such as equipment purchases, supplies, photocopying, or other research needs or travel, meals, or lodging to present their findings at conferences.
- Undergraduate Summer Research Housing Grants – Students engaged in summer research may be eligible to receive free housing in the residence halls.
Students wishing to apply for one of these grants should refer to the Creative Work and Research Committee website for additional information.
Each year, Valparaiso University hosts symposia to showcase student research. Student researchers prepare posters and presentations explaining their work while students with creative projects prepare exhibits or performances. SOURCE is held at the end of the Spring semester. Similar events are held at the end of the Fall semester (FIReS) and the Summer term (SIReS).