At Roosevelt University, students ask significant questions. They seek answers through research and creative endeavors, and share and apply their knowledge in ways that actualize the university’s mission of creating socially conscious citizens. At Roosevelt, we encourage engagement in research and creative mission-related scholarship from the moment you arrive on campus.

The Office of Student Research (OSR) believes that inquiry, discovery, and creative scholarship are central to students’ academic and personal growth, as well as their intellectual development. We seek to cultivate a vibrant community of learners from across the university, as the student body’s engagement in knowledge creation is transformative for the university community as a whole. The OSR seeks to nurture and encourage students to transform their academic experiences under the mentorship of Roosevelt faculty by expanding opportunities for students that facilitate, support, fund, and recognize student research and mission-related creative and scholarly projects. Through the OSR’s fellowship and learning academies, we aim to foster students’ disciplinary competencies as well as various transferable skills, including leadership, collaboration, active learning, critical thinking, intellectual independence, and creative problem solving.

Funding and support

The Office of Student Research offers financial and academic support to help students interested in developing and executing research and mission-related creative and scholarly projects. OSR initiatives support students at each stage of the research process, from connecting with mentors and securing funding, to gaining research skills, to sharing results with the Roosevelt University community and beyond. The OSR also provides professional development, graduate school preparation resources, and information on nationally competitive summer programs and fellowships.

Fellowships – The OSR provides several types of fellowship awards to support students engaged in research and mission-related scholarship projects:

Early Research and Scholarship Fellowships ($1,000)
Available to all Roosevelt University students, especially first- and second-year undergraduate students, to begin research and creative scholarship early in their studies.

To learn more about eligibility, the application process, and expectations download the complete pdf guide

Advanced Research and Scholarship Fellowships ($2,000)
Available to all Roosevelt University students, especially third- and fourth-year undergraduate students and recent transfer students, to conduct advanced research and complete creative scholarship. Several fellowships are reserved for graduate students who wish to conduct research early in their studies, although fellowships will be approved for thesis completion.

To learn more about eligibility, the application process, and expectations download the complete pdf guide

Community-based Research Fellowships (Based on funding/project)
Available to all Roosevelt University students who wish to conduct applied, collaborative, community-based research. Students awarded these fellowships will join existing university-community collaborative projects, working as part of a team.

**OSR fellowships are not the only Roosevelt program providing research funding. Honors students should explore research opportunities in the Honors Program. Contact the McNair Scholars Program to learn if you are eligible to participate in this federally-funded program offering research, mentorship, and graduate school preparation resources.

Research and Scholarship Supply Funds - Students awarded a Research and Scholarship Fellowship will receive a stipend. The stipend is intended to provide the student adequate time to complete the project. Students and mentors can apply separately for up to $300-$400 in a research budget.

Research and Scholarship Travel Funds – The OSR provides resources and travel funding for students presenting their work at discipline-based, regional, and/or national conferences. If you need travel money to conduct your research, please consider this when developing your budget.

how we help: Training and mentorship

Advising – OSR staff are available to meet with students to learn about your goals and discuss the best path forward, helping you engage in research and mission-related scholarship. During individual meetings, staff will review proposals, work through ideas, connect you with resources, and help identify mentors.

Professional Development Academies – The OSR offers two academies that provide workshops and online modules to equip students with skills, offer an enhanced academic experience, and prepare students for career success.

Research Academy – The Research Academy provides research skills that prepare students to conduct scholarly activity in their area of study. Topics include:

  • Research literacy/writing
  • Modes of inquiry in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences
  • Data visualization techniques
  • Mentorship (how to be an effective mentor/mentee)
  • Ethics in Research
  • Presenting and publishing research

Graduate Preparation Academy   - The Graduate Preparation Academy provides resources to support students’ successful exploration, preparation, and application to graduate programs. Topics include:

  • Is grad school right for me?
  • Making connections (mentoring, research opportunities)
  • Paying for graduate education
  • Graduate application process
  • Time management
  • What to expect and how to succeed in graduate school
  • Cultural capital

Annual Research Symposium – All students participating in OSR fellowships are required to participate in the Annual Research Day. Research Day is a professional opportunity for students to present their research findings and creative works to the larger Roosevelt community.