First interested in black identity as represented by the enslaved African-American man in American novels, Mellon Scholar Anna Lowenthal '16 is exploring the influence of rap artists.
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
A Mellon Scholar award enabled Lydia Hartlaub '16 to dive deep into her fascination with the literature of Charles Dickens and attend the Dickens Universe in California.
As a Mellon Scholar, Nicholas Berardelli ’16 examined the Western reception of Eastern practices of meditation.
As Mellon Scholars, students grappled with depictions of black masculinity in "gangsta rap," explored Buddhist practice as seen through Western science, and attended the (Charles) Dickens Universe.
Wesleyan's Ram Mohan will lecture and provide expertise on green chemistry at Pondicherry University in India as a Fulbright Specialist.
The Whole World is Texting: Youth Protest in the Information Age, edited and with chapters by Wesleyan's Irv Epstein, explores how protest is shaped by electronic and social media.
Students awarded Eckley Scholarships spent their summers searching for answers - exploring cosmic or interior mysteries through music, math and science.
The first student awarded an Eckley scholarship in her first year at IWU, Wenting Zhao '18 worked to optimize an algorithm devised by her faculty mentor.
Ryan Schonert '16 devised ways to replicate and study interstellar dust as an Eckley Scholar, and found he thrived in the freedom to seek his own answers.
Michelle Riechers '16, an economics and music double major, studied the economic impact of local arts and culture organizations as an Eckley Scholar.