Solving real-world problems: Assumption students and faculty members collaborate in and out of the classroom. Every day, Assumption faculty and students team up to work on a wide range of research projects, campus initiatives, and community outreach programs. Through these experiences, students gain practical research and work experience – and gain valuable insight into the depth of their own abilities and passion for the subjects they pursue.
There are a number of ways for students to get involved in research projects with the Assumption faculty:
- Natural Sciences Department Student Research Opportunities – Natural sciences faculty members are active scholars who regularly pursue their individual research interests, and they regularly offer students the opportunity to participate. The department is annually awarded several research grants that enable faculty and students to explore questions around DNA repair, environmental science, chemistry, and more.
The Honors Program Summer Fellowship – Every year, Honors Program students are selected to participate in a faculty-led research project over the summer and awarded a stipend for their work. These research projects reflect the individual interests of Assumption faculty members and represent a wide range of academic disciplines. In 2008, summer fellowships focused on topics such as:
- The effects of handwriting instruction methods on students’ transcription skills and automaticity
- How integrins, netrin-1, and cAMP impact growth cone motility
- The causes of sexual trafficking in women
The Undergraduate Symposium encourages student research and creative work in the arts, humanities, and sciences and culminates with a two-day juried competition in the spring. All students are invited to participate. Working in conjunction with a faculty mentor, symposium students pursue an independent study on a topic of personal interest. Students present their work – in the form of a poster, exhibit, performance or oral,presentation – to their fellow students and a panel of judges. Four cash prizes are awarded for best presentation in the humanities; social sciences; natural sciences and mathematics; and arts, music, and theater.
Helping the community: In addition to academic research, Assumption faculty and students work together on a number of community service learning projects and community outreach activities and campus-wide initiatives. Each year students and faculty work side by side in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other volunteer engagements to apply their classroom learning and help their neighbors in need.Conflict of Interest Policy