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.
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
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.
Associate Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr and his research partner have named their newly discovered frog species after the famed British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Andrew Shallue was awarded the Dick Lehman Award for "Best Talk" at the recent West Coast Number Theory conference.
Jonathan Green, provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan since 2011, has been named the next president at Susquehanna University, a private liberal arts university in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
A new book by Wesleyan's Robert Erlewine examines the work of five Jewish philosophers who were fighting in their time "to position Judaism as the beating heart of Western civilization."
Wesleyan's James Plath has compiled a collection of John Updike interviews into a new book that helps explain the author's bond with Pennsylvania, the setting of much of his early fiction.
Five Illinois Wesleyan students who were selected as Eckley Scholars are tackling issues ranging from stroke rehabilitation to public education to sexual violence on college campuses.
Two IWU physics students are gaining valuable experience this summer as recipients of nationally competitive National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates internships.
Rachel Aron '16 and Kaitlyn O'Brien'19 will receive scholarships to carry out Hispanic Studies research off campus.