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Undergraduate Research

Why Research?

In conducting undergraduate research, you gain a new academic experience and develop a wide-range of useful research skills in critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative analysis, field work, survey methodologies, and more. In addition, student researchers develop close mentoring relationships with faculty members through fun, rewarding, and productive research. The Valente Center's arts & sciences-focused undergraduate Research Programs are also particularly useful for students developing the skills to eventually complete an Honors Capstone or an LSM culminating experience as well as for motivated students looking to delve deeper in a subject of interest or in a faculty member’s disciplinary research. Furthermore, undergraduate research is valuable experience that both employers and graduate schools value.


News

The Valente Center just hosted their Undergraduate Research Skills Boot Camp to help prepare students interested in pursing undergraduate research. The event took place October 21st and opened with Keynote speaker Dr. Jenny Shanahan, director of Undergraduate Research at Bridgewater State University. Additional speakers included Professors Jane Griffin, Mike Quinn, Wiley Davi, Rob DeLeo, Jeff Gulati, Anna Simopouls, and Cynthia Clark.

Did you miss the event? Click here to watch the full video. 

 

Our Programs

The Valente Center offers paid arts & sciences-focused undergraduate research positions through two programs: (1) Student Research Assistantships and (2) Student Research Fellowships. We will be soliciting applications for both programs for AY 2017-18 with an hourly wage of $12.

UG Student Research Assistantships

Assist and collaborate with a professor on a research project over the academic year.

Student Research Assistantships provide an opportunity for talented, industrious undergraduate students to work closely with faculty members in an area of special interest. The goal of the Valente Center Student UG Research Assistantship program is to provide motivated Bentley undergraduates with meaningful research experiences alongside faculty mentors. Research assistants are chosen by a faculty member to provide assistance on a specific project. The number of positions vary each academic year, but applications for assistantships are posted in September for selection by faculty members.

Faculty benefit from student contributions as they work exclusively on research project(s) outlined by faculty members in their applications. Undergraduate research can take many forms, but in general, it teaches research practice as a form of experiential learning. Therefore the work of student research assistants should reflect the scholarly environment of the university; research assistantships are not work-study positions. In some cases, undergraduate research assistants may work in research teams, but they are not “shared” among faculty members, as is the case with some departmental work-study students.

For more information about the application process for faculty, please look here!

UG Student Research Fellowships

Design and undertake your own research project, metored by a professor.

Student Research Fellowships allow motivated and self-driven undergraduates to pursue a year-long project relating to the arts & sciences or the intersection of the arts & sciences and business. Fellows are required to find a faculty mentor to provide guidance as the student independently undertakes his/her project. Undergraduate Research Fellows are required to have a faculty mentor to provide guidance over the course of the year as the student independently undertakes his/her project. Prior to submitting an application, candidates must seek out a faculty mentor. Note: Fellowship research projects may not be used simultaneously for any course or program-related credit, including the Honors capstone project, a directed study, or an LSM culminating experience. Applications may be submutted in a rolling basis until September 12, 2017.

To find out more about the application process, please look here!

 

Contact Valente Center Director Prof. Dave Szymanski (dszymanski@bentley.edu) for more information.


Fusio

Undergraduate research students have the opportunity to publish their work in Fusio, Bentley's undergraduate research journal managed by the Honors Program, which highlights capstone papers, as well as other exceptional work by undergraduates whose research combines business and the arts and sciences.