Student Research

Here at Saint Vincent College, we encourage our students to take an active approach to learning. Toward this end, our students have opportunities throughout their academic careers to participate in active scholarship through service-learning projects, study abroad experiences and term-long course projects that promote deep scholarly inquiry. As students prepare to graduate, they fulfill a discipline specific capstone requirement that requires them to conduct an independent scholarly project under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. These projects give them an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice, demonstrate their abilities and gain experiences that will help them as they pursue professional pathways or continue on to graduate school.

Many students take advantage of the student research and travel grant funding that Saint Vincent College offers in the form of Palumbo Research Grants and Andreoli Travel Grants. These grants have supported student research all over the world from South Africa to Thailand to Guatemala as well as right here in the United States.

Each year, we celebrate this culture of independent inquiry by convening an Academic Conference during which students give oral presentations, performances or posters on their major projects. 

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Academic Conference

idea tree webThe annual Academic Conference provides an opportunity for Saint Vincent College students to publicly present their research and creative works and, in April 2019, we will be marking the 16th year of this event. At the Saint Vincent College Academic Conference, students present, in oral or poster format, on their senior thesis research, significant class projects, service learning activities, internships and study abroad experiences. Students and faculty also organize sessions of musical performances and poetry readings and many visual arts students display paintings and sculptures.

This event showcases the magnificent work our students do and celebrates their accomplishments. In addition, the Academic Conference accentuates much of what makes Saint Vincent a special place, providing evidence of close student-faculty relationships, highlighting research opportunities and representing the many facets of the liberal arts. 


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Grant Support for Student Research

The A.J. Palumbo Student Research Endowment
Established in 1996, the Palumbo grant program supports student initiated learning and discovery in the arts, sciences, humanities, and professional programs. Grants are awarded on the basis of proposals submitted by the students and reviewed by a committee comprised of both faculty and students. The endowment memorializes the late Mr. A.J. Palumbo, a noted Pittsburgh industrialist.

The Elizabeth and Tom Andreoli Traveling Scholar Endowment
Established in 1997, the Andreoli Traveling scholar endowment funds students who wish to enrich their education through special opportunities that require travel in the U.S. or abroad.