Whether it’s fieldwork in Alaska or a community art project, Allegheny students put theory into practice under the guidance of faculty and staff mentors through research, conference presentations, co-authored articles, and faculty-led study tours. Research, scholarship, and creative activities push students to engage a discipline or field as an active participant. Students contribute to the knowledge and understanding of their area of interest through student-faculty collaborations or independent work. URSCA lets students take what they are learning at Allegheny and apply it in new contexts and for new purposes.
At Allegheny, there’s no graduate school buffer between undergraduates and some of the leading scholars in their fields. Allegheny students don’t have to wait behind graduate students for research positions on faculty-led projects. Faculty members in all disciplines actively engage students as research collaborators—and mentor students as they pursue their own independent research pursuits. In the National Survey of Student Engagement, responses by college seniors placed Allegheny within the top 10 percent in the U.S. for close student-faculty interaction.
Allegheny faculty actively seek external grant support for their research, and the Dean of the College provides financial support for faculty and student research through funds established by Allegheny alumni and other donors.