Research conducted primarily by Illinois Wesleyan University undergraduate students has been downloaded more than 3 million times over the past decade - by scholars around the world - from the Digital Commons @ IWU (DC@IWU).
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. Check out some of the work that has resulted from faculty mentorship of students in the IWU Digital Commons.
Students also have the opportunity to apply for undergraduate research scholarships.
Research & Creative Work
A three-year, $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will enable Illinois Wesleyan's Bruno deHarak to lead several IWU students in researching electron scattering.
Bridging their disciplines of music and language with a project to help others do the same, two Illinois Wesleyan faculty members won a $128,000 grant to direct a summer seminar on medieval lyric poetry in June of 2018.
Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr and his colleagues have discovered three more frog species in the Peruvian Andes, raising his total to 95 species.
Hsin-Jou (Lily) Chang '18 will spend the summer conducting independent research under the guidance of a faculty member, supported by the Mark A. Israel '91 Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics.
A new book by Wesleyan's Greg Shaw brings new understanding of lawmakers' motivations in crafting health care legislation and provides suggestions on how to improve dialogue.
Boryana Borisova won this year's Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award at Illinois Wesleyan, celebrating student research that engages, translates and bridges academic disciplines or crosses traditional boundaries.
Brooke Koebele '19 has been awarded an undergraduate research fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology, with a stipend for full-time research mentored by an IWU faculty member, plus funds to travel and present her research next summer.
Students led by Associate Professor of Physics Thushara Perera are designing and building a Fourier Transform Spectrometer and other instruments to help scientists learn more about cosmic dust.
Five students have been selected to receive stipends to spend the summer on campus conducting research or artistic activity under the mentorship of a faculty member.