Separate research into the economic impact of local attractions by seniors Arica Williams and Tyler Stacey yielded much-cited results -- and helped launch their careers.
Our students have the opportunity to do original research at the undergraduate level, collaborating with faculty who are at the top of their fields.
Because Illinois Wesleyan is an entirely undergraduate institution, students are offered research and creative opportunities without competition from graduate students.
They develop close relationships with faculty who love to teach and engage students in their research and scholarly work.
Students also have the opportunity to apply for undergraduate research scholarships.
Research & Creative Work
Thomas Sobyra '14, studying inorganic chemistry, and Kelly Petersen '10, ecology, have received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships.
Kyle Nottingham '16 has been named a Collegiate Scholar by the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society, and won a Student Leadership Distinguished Service Award for Intellectual Leadership.
James Plath, R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair of English at Illinois Wesleyan University, has edited the first volume in the new Critical Insights series from Salem Press, Critical Insights Film: Casablanca.
More than 140 students will present research, artwork or musical performances at the 27th annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference.
A politician that Melissa Guzman '16 interviewed for her research about Latino elected officials later invited her to attend the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference.
The Midwest Sociological Society will present its biennial Early Career Scholarship Award to Associate Professor of Sociology Meghan Burke.
Lunjun (Simon) Liu '17 presented his research on cosmic dust at a highly selective undergraduate research conference at Harvard University.
Language professor Scott Sheridan recently translated The Guardians of History by Italian author Elisabetta Cametti, his second translation of a novel for AmazonCrossing.
Assistant Professor of Music Joe Plazak, Zach Silver ’18 and Shaun Schaefers ’16 presented research at the national conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.